FaceMash.com, the forerunner to Facebook, up for auction on Flippa

October 21, 2010 |  by  |  Entertainment, Lifestyle
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Want to own a piece of Internet history? Then head over to Flippa.com where you could be the lucky winning bidder and own the domain name for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s first website, FaceMash.com.

Oh, opening bids start at around $21,000.

Zuckerberg let his lease on the domain expire in 2007, opening the doors for Rahul Jain to snatch it up and auction it off.

Jain, a New York-area investment banker by day, says he’s bought, developed and sold domain names as a part-time business since 1999. He estimates that he holds between 300 and 400.

“This is the first high-profile domain name that I’ve been involved in,” says Jain, quick to identify himself as an Internet entrepreneur, not a so-called cybersquatter. Provisions of the federal Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act pertain to trademarked names, which FaceMash is not.

You can’t knock the guy for having a business savvy approach to the web.

So, what do you do when you buy FaceMash.com? Well, if you’re as smart as Zuckerberg,  you would photos of Harvard University women side by side on and ask users to vote on which one was more attractive, like he did when he first launched the site in 2003.

The site drew 450 users and 22,000 page views its first night, The Harvard Crimson reported in 2003, but the university soon pulled the Web site, accusing Mark Zuckerberg of breaching security, violating copyrights and violating individual privacy.


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