A website found this week may have been created by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg when he was 15 years old.
Hacker News reported finding the website on Angelfire, a free webhosting and templating service loaded with ads that was popular at the time. Built in 1999, its author has not yet been verified. Many of the details that appear there trace the site to Zuckerberg.
The source code for the sight includes his name as the author: META NAME=“Author” CONTENT=“Mark Zuckerberg”
Adam Clark Estes of Motherboard traced the screen name of the primary account holder to Zuckerberg’s father, Dr. Edward Zuckerberg.
A section of the website called “The Web” may show a glimpse into Zuckerberg social network ambitions. It encourages users to add their name and the names of others as links in order to grow a list of connection.
“This is one of the few applets that require your participation to work well,” the author wrote.
“In order for this applet to work, you must E-Mail me your name and the names of the two people that you would like to be linked with.”
Are these the seeds of Facebook?
Gizmodo is convinced the page is Zuckerberg’s. “Everything seems to really point to 15-year-old Zuck creating this Angelfire page but with the Internet being what it is, you never know if this is just some sort of elaborate hoax by some hungry app developer who thinks magnetic poetry can be sold for millions.”
The sheer awkwardness of the About Me page might be evidence enough:
Hi, my name is...Slim Shady. No, really, my name is Slim Shady. Just kidding, my name is Mark (for those of you that don't know me) and I live in a small town near the massive city of New York. I am currently 15 years old and I just finished freshman year in high school. I have remodeled this website in an attempt that perhaps some search engine will recognize it.