Photo released by Facebook shows the arcade room at the company's Menlo Park California headquarters in February, 2012.  Facebook announced a price of $38 per share for its record-setting initial public offering, which gives the leading social network a market value of 104 billion USD. – Photo by AFP
Photo released by Facebook shows the arcade room at the company's Menlo Park California headquarters in February, 2012. Facebook announced a price of $38 per share for its record-setting initial public offering, which gives the leading social network a market value of 104 billion USD. – Photo by AFP

SINGAPORE: Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, on Friday, lauded Mark Zuckerberg for making the world a “more open and connected place”, hours before the social network’s hotly anticipated share offer.

Away from the spotlight of the initial public offering (IPO) in New York, the Singapore-based Saverin reminisced about early years of the site, which began in a Harvard University dorm in 2004.

“On the eve of the Facebook public float, 8 plus year(s) in the making, I as co-founder wanted to look back and cherish Facebook’s early beginning,” said Saverin in a post on Facebook.

“Congrats to everyone involved in the project from day one till today,” he wrote.

“I especially wanted to congratulate Mark Zu(c)kerberg on keeping tremendous stead-fast focus, however hard that was, on making the world a more open and connected place.”

Saverin linked his post to an image of Facebook’s early interface that contained the site’s original name “thefacebook”.

The site was described at that time as “an online directory that connects people through social networks at colleges and universities” – a much more humble ambition for a site that now boasts 900 million users worldwide.

Facebook stock priced at $38 per share was to begin trading under the symbol “FB” on the Nasdaq, giving the world’s leading social network a dizzying value of $104 billion at its IPO.

Saverin’s relationship with Zuckerberg – who will retain a majority of voting rights after the IPO – was famously portrayed in the 2010 film “The Social Network”.

Saverin was an economics major at Harvard when he set up Facebook with Zuckerberg and two other students.

He had provided the initial funds for the site, but apparently left Facebook after an acrimonious split with Zuckerberg.

The website “Who Owns Facebook?” estimated that Saverin continues to hold a four percent stake in the site, while Forbes has estimated his net worth to be $2 billion.

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Modest
May 19, 2012 8:06 am
GOODBYE FACEBOOK Despite criticism: Facebook still goes to Wall Street Goodbye Facebook, For I thought you were less corporate globalist but I was wrong. Goodbye Facebook, For I will not let you publicize my personal information because I believe it is wrong. Goodbye Facebook, For I thought your intention were clear from the beginning but I was wrong. Goodbye Facebook, For join the hands of the ruthless, greedy people on the planet breathing on Wall-Street! Goodbye Facebook, For amend your policies to fit with those who make their living in Wall-Street! Goodbye Facebook, For prostituting my privacy on public at Wall-Street! Goodbye Facebook, Goodbye Facebook, Goodbye Facebook.
majjad
May 18, 2012 2:21 pm
bravo pour le succès de FACE BOOK continue vous êtes géniaux signé Mohamed
Guest
May 23, 2012 5:23 pm
@Modest... Wake up mate. Facebook had to do IPO due to SEC regulations. They could no longer stay private with huge amounts of investments by public and keep shut about that.
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