From making friends to getting followers, Facebook has changed people’s lives effectively. Here’s a list of 10 books that will help you keep track of this constantly evolving social media platform.
Since 2004, Facebook has grown from being just a social media platform to becoming one of the biggest five companies in the U.S. Information Technology industry. By acquiring platforms like Instagram, WhatsApp and more, it is opening its doors to users of all age to be a part of the Facebook family. The story of Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg is an inspiring one for students across the globe, coding from their dorm rooms, trying to make it big in the tech world has been well-documented in several books. Here are some that will help you expand your knowledge about this social media platform.
The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick
The book tells the inside story of Facebook and how it transformed the way the world uses the Internet. David Kirkpatrick explains how Facebook has founded and why it has succeeded. He recounts its achievements and describes the history of the social media platform and its social implications.
Facebook: The Inside Story by Steven Levy
Based on plenty of interviews from inside and outside Facebook, Steven Levy’s narrative of an extraordinary entrepreneurial success digs deep into the whole story of the company that has changed the world and reaped the consequences. The book gives an insightful gaze into the founding and growth of Facebook.
Becoming Facebook by Mike Hoefflinger
Becoming Facebook tells the coming-of-age story of the now social media giant. Filled with insights, it tracks the company’s developments and how it achieved the impossible. It is not just a tale about one of the biggest companies, but also a how-to book for any aspiring business person.
Facehooked by Dr Suzana Flores
Facehooked discusses the issues most frequently identified/discussed around Facebook, including self-esteem, peer pressure, stalking, among others. Readers are presented not only with useful resources to help recognise and discourage unhealthy habits but also with tips for healthy interactions on Facebook.
Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects and Undermines Democracy by Siva Vaidyanathan
In Antisocial Media, Siva Vaidhyanathan discusses the transformation of Facebook from a social media site designed by Harvard students to a force that allegedly led to the decline of democratic culture around the world. The book talks about a platform that had the intention to connect us and unify us, yet led to make democracy more challenging by having a hand in facilitating major political movements.
Mark Zuckerberg: In His Own Words by George Beahm
Mark Zuckerberg: In His Own Words provides a critical insight of Zuckerberg and the company he’s created, emphasizing on insights and lessons learnt. It is a good read for people searching for creative ideas applicable to their business, regardless of the size of commerce they are dealing with.
Facebook and Philosophy by D.E. Wittkower
In Facebook and Philosophy, D.E. Wittkower explores the various facets of what Facebook means for people and their relationships. It takes a deeper look at the nature of friendships that develop online and the grey areas that are unveiled when one studies the world of online activism.
The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook by Ben Mezrich
This book by Ben Mezrich narrates a compelling story behind the founding of Facebook. The 2009 Oscar-winning film, The Social Network, was adapted from The Accidental Billionaires. It takes you through Facebook’s journey from a student project to Silicon Valley, and the multi-billion dollar company that Facebook is today.
The Making Of The Greatest Mark Zuckerberg by Abha Sharma
This book details the inspiring story of Mark Zuckerberg, who went on to become the youngest self-made billionaire. Even though controversy kept following Mark Zuckerberg from the time he created a social media website for the students of Harvard, he went ahead undeterred to create Facebook, the biggest social network in the world.
Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook’s Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg by Ekaterina Walter
This book explores the five principles behind Facebook’s rapid rise, summarised in lessons anyone can apply―in any organization, in any industry. Ekaterina Walter walks you through the five “P’s” that made Facebook a success.
So, which of these books are you adding to your reading list for 2021? Do let us know in the comments!