Facebook Founder's 'Fans' Flock To See Him IRL

By Cristina Quinn and WGBH News

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Nov. 8, 2011

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In this photo provided by Harvard University, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, right, greets a crowd at Harvard, in Cambridge, Mass., Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. Zuckerberg, 27, returned to Harvard for the first time since he left in 2004 in an effort to enlist new talent for his social networking site. (AP Photo/Rose Lincoln, Harvard University)


BOSTON —  So popular is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the city he left that fans and press were fenced off at his Harvard press appearance on Nov. 7.
 
About 250 people showed up, including many Harvard students eager to meet the 27-year-old dropout success story. Their excitement seemed undampened by the fact that the Facebook wunderkind answered only three questions in the moderated Q-and-A. Perhaps some of them managed to attend his 75-minute talk to a limited audience

Zuckerberg was in town to recruit students from MIT and Harvard for the expanding Facebook team. He sent shock waves throughout Boston and Cambridge last month after telling students at Stanford University, that were he to start Facebook now, he would have stayed in Boston.

However, Zuckerberg said at Harvard that he had no plans to set up shop in Boston any time soon.
 
"We currently have our main development in Palo Alto. And we opened one development office outside Palo Alto, in Seattle. And we want to really get the culture there right before we start opening up other offices. But at some point, hopefully, down the line, we will do that," Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg explains why Facebook won't be opening a Boston office right now.

Zuckerberg said this was just the beginning for Facebook, and that the next phase would be to develop how industries do business on the platform.
 
"The last five years of Facebook have really just been about helping people get signed up and stay connected with their friends. But I think the next five or 10 years are going to be about all of these different products and industries that can be rethought now that you have this base of all these connections in place for these people," Zuckerberg said.



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