Letter from Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg

Letter from Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg
Published: 02 February 2012 (683 Views)
On the 1st of February 2012, Facebook filed its S-1 paperwork to take the company public, and along with the filing came a letter from its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

In the letter, Zuckerberg discusses how important the connections that his company is making are.

Along with social connections, Facebook's CEO points out that connecting consumers to businesses can have a big impact on the global economy:

"We think a more open and connected world will help create a stronger economy with more authentic businesses that build better products and services."

Here's Mark Zuckerberg's letter in its entirety:

LETTER FROM MARK ZUCKERBERG

Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission — to make the world more open and connected.

We think it's important that everyone who invests in Facebook understands what this mission means to us, how we make decisions and why we do the things we do. I will try to outline our approach in this letter.

At Facebook, we're inspired by technologies that have revolutionized how people spread and consume information. We often talk about inventions like the printing press and the television — by simply making communication more efficient, they led to a complete transformation of many important parts of society. They gave more people a voice. They encouraged progress. They changed the way society was organized. They brought us closer together.

Today, our society has reached another tipping point. We live at a moment when the majority of people in the world have access to the internet or mobile phones — the raw tools necessary to start sharing what they're thinking, feeling and doing with whomever they want. Facebook aspires to build the services that give people the power to share and help them once again transform many of our core institutions and industries.

There is a huge need and a huge opportunity to get everyone in the world connected, to give everyone a voice and to help transform society for the future. The scale of the technology and infrastructure that must be built is unprecedented, and we believe this is the most important problem we can focus on.

We hope to strengthen how people relate to each other.

Even if our mission sounds big, it starts small — with the relationship between two people.

Personal relationships are the fundamental unit of our society. Relationships are how we discover new ideas, understand our world and ultimately derive long-term happiness.

At Facebook, we build tools to help people connect with the people they want and share what they want, and by doing this we are extending people's capacity to build and maintain relationships.

People sharing more — even if just with their close friends or families — creates a more open culture and leads to a better understanding of the lives and perspectives of others. We believe that this creates a greater number of stronger relationships between people, and that it helps people get exposed to a greater number of diverse perspectives.

By helping people form these connections, we hope to rewire the way people spread and consume information. We think the world's information infrastructure should resemble the social graph — a network built from the bottom up or peer-to-peer, rather than the monolithic, top-down structure that has existed to date. We also believe that giving people control over what they share is a fundamental principle of this rewiring.

We have already helped more than 800 million people map out more than 100 billion connections so far, and our goal is to help this rewiring accelerate.

We hope to improve how people connect to businesses and the economy.

We think a more open and connected world will help create a stronger economy with more authentic businesses that build better products and services.

As people share more, they have access to more opinions from the people they trust about the products and services they use. This makes it easier to discover the best products and improve the quality and efficiency of their lives.

- Facebook

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Zanu-PF, MDC-T refuses to commit to gender equality

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 89 Views

Mukanya, Tuku collabo on cards

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 91 Views

LIVE: Highlanders vs Shabanie

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 94 Views

LIVE: Caps United versus Dynamos

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 113 Views

Fired nurses reapply

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 103 Views

Mr Chamisa, What Do You Stand For?

by Charles, Harare (student) | 22 April 2018 | 66 Views

Our government will prioritise rural development - Chamisa

by Fanuel Chinowaita | 22 April 2018 | 149 Views

Chipinge youths endorse Chamisa

by Fanuel Chinowaita | 22 April 2018 | 133 Views

Economy over politics, says Mnangagwa

by Staff Reporter | 22 April 2018 | 105 Views

'Thokozani Khupe, why bed an unrepentant tribalist?'

by Angela Takawira | 22 April 2018 | 156 Views

Man (30) kills drinking mate over puppy

by Simbarashe Sithole | 22 April 2018 | 87 Views

2018 polls: It's game on

by Staff rpeorter | 22 April 2018 | 69 Views

MDC-T hand behind nurses strike

by Staff rpeorter | 22 April 2018 | 79 Views

Mukanya has no intentions of dying in a foreign land

by staff rpeorter | 22 April 2018 | 66 Views

'Nedbank can help Zim economy'

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 75 Views

Diamond giant wants Zimbabwe gems

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 65 Views

Zimbabwe angling for $213bn diamond sub-sector

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 68 Views

Big welcome for Mukanya

by Staff rpeorter | 22 April 2018 | 69 Views

Mnangagwa doing things differently

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 77 Views

Sibusiso Moyo rallies nation, Diaspora

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 60 Views

Big Charlie needs your help

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 64 Views

Makamba plotting a smear campaign against Supa Mandiwanzira?

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 76 Views

470 000 houses to be constructed

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 62 Views

Zanu-PF, MDC-T receive $9m

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 90 Views

Dismissed nurses panic, end strike

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 40 Views

Bosso stalk elusive Shabanie

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 68 Views

SA firm applies for $200m Nkayi Road construction

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 30 Views

Bulawayo Chiefs shock FC Platinum

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 63 Views

Mnangagwa meets Russians

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 36 Views

Ex-bodyguard bares all on Nikita Mangena

by Staff rpeorter | 22 April 2018 | 103 Views

ZITF kicks off

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 34 Views

MDC-T congress endorses Dr Khupe

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 44 Views

Why Tuku may be more loved than Mapfumo

by Staff rpeorter | 22 April 2018 | 65 Views

WATCH: Triangle late comeback stuns Bulawayo City

by Staff rpeorter | 22 April 2018 | 64 Views

Omega Sibanda, Chiyangwa in Zanu-PF primaries

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 40 Views

Hlalani Kuhle project to be completed in 16 years

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2018 | 36 Views