Facebook’s Embarassing Youth

Facebook is not just an archive of embarassing juvenile exploits; no, Facebook itself actually perpetrates embarassing juvenile exploits. Fortune has posted an excerpt from David Kirkpatrick’s forthcoming The Facebook Effect, and aside from the whole starting-a-hugely-successful-company thing, most of Mark Zuckerberg’s activities in the site’s early days sound regrettable.

For example, posting boozy laments about ladies:

“______ is a bitch. I need to think of something to take my mind off her,” he wrote, adding, “I’m a little intoxicated, not gonna lie.”

Or having lots of inside jokes and referencing them in irritating public ways:

Incongruous movie quotes gave Zuckerberg, who could otherwise lapse into long periods of silence, tremendous pleasure. He also inserted them in the site. Whenever you searched for something in those days there was a little box below the results that had tiny type that said, “I don’t even know what a quail looks like.” It’s a throwaway line from The Wedding Crashers.

Or antagonizing venture capitalists:

The firm wanted to invest in Facebook, so as a joke the boys offered to pitch the partners a Zuckerberg side project called Wirehog, a peer-to-peer file-sharing program.

Zuckerberg and another partner showed up deliberately late for an 8 a.m. meeting, in their pajamas. They didn’t even make a pitch for Wirehog. Zuckerberg showed a PowerPoint presentation David Letterman-style: “The Top Ten Reasons You Should Not Invest in Wirehog.” It started out almost seriously. “The number 10 reason not to invest in Wirehog: we have no revenue.” Number 9: “We will probably get sued by the music industry.” By the final few points it was unashamedly rude. Number 3: “We showed up at your office late in our pajamas.”

Or just getting really wasted at an amusement park, whatever.

[Via TBI] Facebook’s Embarassing Youth