On Thursday night at 9PM, The Facebook Obsession, hosted by Lester Holt, made its debut showing on CNBC and captivated audiences everywhere as it told a tale of what life is like in the Facebook generation. Facebook, as we are all aware, is the most popular social networking site in the world. The show took an in-depth look at the rise of Facebook, as well as its current state, starting back from its early days as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg started the operation in his Harvard dorm room.
Mark, now 26, started Facebook back in 2004 when he was only 19 years old and a college sophomore. He was recently named Time magazines Person of the Year for 2010, and is estimated to be worth a whopping 6.9 Billion dollars. He is, without a doubt, the worlds youngest billionaire. Starting Facebook was no easy chore for Mark, however, as CNBC took a look at the hurdles that Mark and his friends climbed along the way, including a lawsuit from a group of peers that claim Mark stole the Facebook idea from them.
Wether we like it or not, social media sites, such as Facebook, are here to stay. Almost everyone we know has Facebook, and the vast majority of us live our lives through it everyday. It has become an addiction for many people, but that addiction comes with many pros and cons. There are many of us who have connected with long-lost friends, as well as family members who we never knew existed. It is a very powerful tool to bring the world closer together. As a social media guru, I spend a vast majority of my time on sites such as Facebook and Twitter, connecting with friends and strangers day in and day out. I have found that Facebook, for me, is more than a tool, it is a way of life. It is a way to stay connected with, not only friends and family, but also with fans as well. Facebook is, by far, the best resource that I have to connect with them. The vast majority of my readers come from Facebook as they, not only read my columns, but also share them with their fellow Facebook friends as well. In fact, my latest column on Geoff Fox, was shared 126 times on Facebook. That is 126 people sharing my work with hundreds if not thousands of other individuals.
We have come a very long way as a society as we modernize our ways of life and become a more connected world thanks to social media sites such as Facebook. If you are not on these sites, however, you are losing out on the vast amount of benefits that it offers.
Watch: The Facebook Obsession on CNBC.