Just a little over five years ago, internet social networking was still very much in its infancy, with Facebook hardly registering a blip on the proverbial radar screen. Google and Apple were hot tech commodities back then—as they still are today—but the iPhone had yet to be invented, Gmail was invite-only, and Facebook was still called “Thefacebook” and only open to a small handful of elite university students.
Times have changed, of course, with the little nest egg of Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg now sporting over 400 million users, as of February 2010. Facebook’s mobile service is fast approaching half of that, with 150 million users reported by July of this year. Clearly, the social network has had a profound impact on many of our daily lives—but at what cost?
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