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Backstory: Inside Facebook

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Nearly one in eight people on the planet now use Facebook. We’ll take a look at the inner workings of the company on today’s second Backstory segment with Jessi Hempel and Miguel Helft, senior writers for Fortune magazine. Their article Inside Facebook appears in the current issue of the magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

Guests:

Miguel Helft and Jessi Hempel

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Comments [2]

Hugh Sansom

As far as I know, the term hack really entered the engineering/computing parlance via MIT. At MIT, a hack was a cleverly engineered slightly intrusive joke — always without real harm being done. The most famous one was probably the MIT balloon that erupted from the center of the football field at Harvard during the Harvard-Yale game in 1982. A telephone booth once appeared on top of the "great dome" (the Pantheon-like dome of the main building); police got up to it — the phone rang (and worked).

Mar. 08 2012 01:51 PM
Shannon from UES

Can you ask your guests about the rise of AOL and Myspace and their declines. Has Facebook seen any parallels?

Mar. 08 2012 01:43 PM

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