Facebook launched in 2004 as the thefacebook.com. Since 2004 it has undoubtedly changed its infrastructure multiple times and redesigned from the ground up. What I am asking for is the first release of thefacebook.com.
Why am I asking for this?
A lot of us entrepreneurs struggle with what needs to be in version 1. Does the code need to be formatted properly, does it need to be coded with proper naming standards, does it have to be commented properly, does this feature need to be there, etc I think a lot of us want to see what version 1 of a very famous website started off as from soup to nuts. Some of us decide to spend months upon months building it, and some of us just spend a weekend on it. I know there is no right answer, but I want to know what Zuckerberg himself did. I think there is a lot of learning from this.
Is this an attempt to get him to opensource more of facebook?
Absolutely Not. I am just asking for version 1. I’m also not thinking of this as an open source community win, but more of a developer / entrepreneur win. It gives us a better idea of what version 1 really needs to be.
Do I actually think he will do it?
I know it won’t be because of MY request, but hopefully other blogs / hacker news /reddit can pick this up and get the word out a little more. The developer / entrepreneur committee would be all over this.
Do I think he actually HAS version 1?
This is 7 years ago mind you. It’s a lot easier to version control your software with Git Hub and other cloud based versioning systems, so I don’t think it’s an actual given that he has the pristine copy of version 1 of thefacebook.com. But yes, I think he has some sort of version stored away. It’s part of history
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