- The video shows a baby-faced Zuckerberg talking about ‘The Facebook’
- Only students from a handful of colleges could use the website at the time
- One person does a keg stand and Zuckerberg reveals a fridge full of beer
- Facebook became open to anyone over 13 years old in September 2006
- The company went public and began trading on the NASDAQ in May 2012
- For the latest Mark Zuckerberg updates visit www.dailymail.co.uk/facebook
Clemence Michallon For Dailymail.com
19:31 EST, 18 April 2016
02:36 EST, 19 April 2016
Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t always the billionaire, philanthropist, proud father he is today – as evidenced by a decade-old interview unearthed Sunday.
The video, discovered by Twitter user Semil, shows a baby-faced Zuckerberg talking excitingly about The Facebook, which at the time was a platform reserved to college students.
Zuckerberg, who is now 31, can be seen casually answering questions in Palo Alto, California, while drinking from a red solo cup.
‘Should I put the beer down?’ he says, leaning as if to put his cup on the floor.
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Mark Zuckerberg (left) appears in a 2005 interview casually answering questions about his growing company in Palo Alto, California, wearing shorts and a t-shirt and drinking from a red solo cup
However, the red cup remains in Zuckerberg’s hand throughout the interview, as he explains what his website is all about.
The footage, which Semil said dates back to 2005, gives flashbacks of Facebook’s start-up days, with someone performing a keg stand in the office.
At one point, Zuckerberg opens a fridge – with several bottles aligned on top – only to reveal shelves full of beer cans, with the odd can of whipped cream and bottles of ketchup stored nearby.
‘I think Facebook is an online directory for colleges,’ Zuckerberg explains.
‘If I want to look you up or get information about you, I just go to The Facebook and type in your name and it brings up hopefully all the information I’d care to know about you, or a good amount of the information I’d want to know about you.’
Zuckerberg then goes through what has become a familiar story to Facebook users – how the website began during his Harvard days in 2004, than expanded to Columbia, Yale and Stanford.
Facebook went through the process of dropping the ‘The’ before its name in the course of 2005.
At the time of the video, Zuckerberg and his coworkers had launched the platform in more than 150 schools – free to work on developing it without classes getting in the way.
‘Palo Alto is kind of this mythical place where all the start-ups come from,’ Zuckerberg explains with stars in his eyes.
His excitement is palpable when he explains how one of his roommates went to Europe and tried to access his own Facebook account from Internet cafes in the UK, Ireland in Italy – only to find out someone else had already logged into the website.
‘I think the goal wasn’t to make an online community but a mirror for the real community that exists in real life,’ he continues.
The footage gives glimpses of Facebook when it was still a budding start-up, with one person (pictured) performing a keg stand in the office
Zuckerberg (pictured) sounds prudent when he imagines the future of his network, which at the time was still reserved to college students
Facebook began in 2004 during Zuckerberg’s Harvard days, then expanded to Columbia, Yale and Stanford. Pictured, Zuckerberg with Facebook co-founder Dustin Moscovitz at Harvard
Zuckerberg’s view of the company’s future sounds prudent – and miles away from the tech giant it has now grown into.
‘There doesn’t necessarily have to be more,’ he says. ‘A lot of people are interested in taking over the world. I think part of making a difference and doing something cool is focusing intensely.’
‘There’s a level of service that we could provide when we were just in Harvard and there’s a level of service we can provide when we’re a college network that we wouldn’t be able to provide if we went into other types of things.
‘I really just want to focus on college and create a really cool college directory product that is very relevant for students.’
Facebook became open to anyone around the world over 13 years old in September 2006.
The company went public and began trading on the NASDAQ in May 2012.
It had 1.04 billion daily active users on average for December 2015.
Facebook, headquartered in Menlo Park, California, employed 12,691 people at the time and had 14 offices across the US as well as 35 locations around the world.
At one point, the now-billionaire opens a fridge, revealing shelves stacked with cans of beer. Zuckerberg seems excited to be in Palo Alto, which he calls ‘this mythical place where all the start-ups come from’
During the interview, Zuckerberg says he wants to focus on building a network for college students. But the website became open to anyone in the world older than 13 years old the following year