Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, turns 28 years old today and it looks like it will be a week long celebration. The largest social network company in the country is expected to start selling stock to the public for the first time and begin trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market on Friday. The IPO could value Facebook at nearly $100 billion, making it worth more than Disney.
Zuckerberg's age has been beneficial as he represents the children who have grown up with technology beyond a microwave and remote control. The young generation have mobile phones and take pictures and videos of their lives. They are socially connected online in the same way that they get dropped off at the Mall and hang out with their friends.
Young age is a benefit in technology. It is a place where creativity, freedom, and energy is necessary to implement an idea started in a Harvard dorm room to a multiple billion dollar company. When you are young, you are less afraid to take risk. When you are young, you can afford to make mistakes because you have time to rebound.
Zuckerberg helped push web 2.0 to the max. Facebook has gone beyond what most people could imagine with user-added content. When Zuckenberg turns 30 in a couple of years, the World Wide Web will also turn to web 3.0 technologies. Facebook shares the leadership role for mobile online useage alongwith Twitter.
It moves so fast. In a couple of years, Zuckerberg will be considered an "OG" which means "Original Gangster" of the web. The predecessor for Facebook was Zuckerberg's first website called "FaceMash" in 2003. The goal of the website was to find attractive people on the college campus. FaceMash.com sold in 2010 for $30,201.
Facebook's fame will be there, but it will not last forever. As their CEO ages, so will the website's popularity. And the next young dreamer, inventor and creator will develop the next big sensation.