Mark Zuckerberg Gave a Surprising Outlook for Facebook in 2005 Interview

By Giuliana Manca, Epoch Times
April 19, 2016 6:18 pm Last Updated: April 19, 2016 7:16 pm

Currently making the internet rounds is a video interview with a young Mark Zuckerberg speaking about his budding start-up called Facebook

The video—uploaded to YouTube on March 26, 2013 but recorded in 2005—takes a jocose approach.

Should I put the beer down?

In the intro, the host informs his audience that he is in Palo Alto, where Christopher Columbus landed in 1492.

Columbus set the stage for “thousands of other foreign informational workers who would come to Silicon Valley and begin making millions of dollars.”

Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco on March 25, 2015. Facebook reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco on March 25, 2015. (Eric Risberg/AP Photo)

Wearing a white T-shirt, basketball shorts, and flip-flops, the young Harvard drop-out appears relaxed. 

“Should I put the beer down?” Zuckerberg asks the interviewer. “No, actually” replies the interviewer “I’m gonna mention the beer.” 

Palo Alto is this mythical place where all the start-ups come from.
— Mark Zuckerberg

Harvard was the nesting environment of the soon-to-be tech behemoth Facebook, which Zuckerberg described as “an online directory for colleges” in this early interview. 

Zuckerberg and his friends launched Facebook at Harvard in February 2004. Within a few weeks, two-thirds of the Harvard student body signed up.

By the end of the year, “the Facebook.com” was being used in 29 colleges across America.

<> arrives for the presentation of the first Axel Springer Award on February 25, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.
Mark Zuckerberg (right) and his wife, Priscilla Chan, (left) arrive for the presentation of the first Axel Springer Award on Feb. 25, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Adam Berry/Getty Images)

“Palo Alto is this mythical place where all the start-ups come from” says the young Zuckerberg to the interviewer in a voiceover. On screen Dustin Moskovitz, another Facebook founder, can be seen doing a keg stand in the office.

The goal Zuckerberg and his friends had when creating Facebook was “not to create an online community, but a mirror for the real community.” 

Perhaps the most astounding revelation from this early interview is what Zuckerberg thought of the future direction of the company. The interviewer asks Zuckerberg where to company is headed to after they expand to the remaining un-Facebooked schools. 

Slightly speechless, Zuckerberg replies “I mean, there doesn’t necessarily have to be more.”

While telling the host that he wanted to focus on simply creating “a really cool college directory product.”

A whole lot of beer and a whole lot of graffiti. That is what surrounded Mark Zuckerberg before he became the head honcho of the (free) social media world.