The Social Network That Changed the World 社群網路改變全世界

 

精英翻譯社轉自http://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0062/253932/web/

 

  By now, nearly everybody knows the back story of Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg and some friends hacked into the computer system at Harvard University and started a website to compare pairs of incoming freshmen. Then, he created a social network that was only for college students, and it took off like wildfire. Now, everyone can use Facebook, and it has become one of the biggest websites in the world, with the company being worth billions of dollars. For many people, Zuckerberg is a shining example of ingenuity. He came up with an idea that he still keeps improving to meet consumer demands.

  至今,幾乎大家都曉得臉書背後的故事。馬克.祖克柏與幾位朋友非法入侵哈佛大學的電腦系統,然後架設一個網站,對入學新生作出成對評比。接著他創造了一個專屬於大學生的社群網路,而這個網路很快地大受歡迎。現在,大家都能使用臉書,臉書也變成全世界最大的網站之一,以及擁有價值數十億美元的公司。對許多人來說,祖克柏是個具有獨創性的好榜樣。他想出了個主意,且仍然不斷在改善這個主意以達到顧客的需求。

  Facebook has only been around for 10 years, but in that time, it has had more than one billion people sign up for its service. To show how huge it is, if Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest in the world behind China and India in terms of population.

  臉書成立只有十年左右,但在這段時間裡,它有十億多個用戶註冊申請臉書服務。要說明它有多龐大,如果臉書是一個國家,就人口來說,它會是世界上第三大國,僅次於中國和印度。

  Think about it. Are any of your friends not on Facebook? Wouldn't it be weird if they weren't? Nowadays, nearly everyone spends a few hours each day using its various functions. These include users checking their mail, writing status updates, sharing pictures, and looking through their newsfeeds on Facebook.

  想想看。你有什麼朋友還不上臉書的嗎?如果他們不上臉書,不是很奇怪嗎?現今,幾乎每個人每天都會花幾小時來使用臉書的各種功能。包括查看信件、更新狀態、分享照片和瀏覽臉書上的動態更新。

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