Think Mark Zuckerberg is a chill dude now? Wait until you see his Angelfire page...from 1999. Yes, just like you and your lame teenage friends, Mark Zuckerberg had an Angelfire. Also like you, he was a big fan of Slim Shady. Unlike you, he was already brainstorming one of the biggest innovations in the history of the Internet, even then. Thank you, Mashable, for bringing this awesomeness to our attention.
First things first, though. Contrary to what you might expect, the page is not filled with emo lyrics and cryptic hints about the girl he's crushin'. This is how he describes himself on his profile: "Hi, my name is...Slim Shady. No, really, my name is Slim Shady. Just kidding, my name is Mark Zuckerberg (for those of you that don't know me) and I live in a small town near the massive city of New York. I am currently 15 years old and I just finished my freshman year in high school. I have remodeled this website in an attempt that perhaps some search engine will recognize it. I am trying to promote my new AOL Program, The Vader Fader, which you can download elsewhere on this site."
When he wasn't working on that little side project, he was creating what was clearly a precursor to Facebook, called "The Web." It was basically a literal web of names (friends from high school, we assume) connected to each other, and anyone could request to have their name added: "If your name is already on The Web because someone else has chosen to be linked to you, then you may choose two additional people to be linked with."
There was no poking, no pictures, no status updates, but this is clearly where it all began. What's particularly hilarious is the fact that while Zuck was working on giant leaps for the online community, he was also just as juvenile as you'd expect a 15-year-old boy to be. His list of favorite things includes the phrase "Suck It" and lasers. So, yeah. Great things come in nerdy packages. (Mashable)
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