CNBC Originals: The Facebook Obsession

About the Show

"The Facebook Obsession" is the real story behind the rise of the largest social-media site in the world, told through the company's founders, friends and foes. Correspondent Lester Holt delivers a comprehensive look at how this Internet phenomenon, with half a billion users, is affecting society in ways most people are unaware of.

From a girl who is reunited with her birth mother with the help of Facebook, to a woman who lost her job because of her online postings, "The Facebook Obsession" examines how the site is fundamentally altering American life for better or worse; even the White House and many police departments have their own Facebook pages. Holt explores the intense privacy debate that Facebook has provoked, and explains the business model that has turned a dorm-room venture into a multi-billion dollar enterprise.

Web Extras

  • Top 10 Dorm-Room Ventures
    Monday, 3 Jan 2011 | 9:24 AM ET
    Who says you need a college degree to start a business? Plenty of people can’t bear to wait that long, so they launch their companies long before graduation day.While the success of these dorm-room ventures can vary widely, there are plenty of student—and former student—entrepreneurs who have become household names. Of course, the most famous one these days is probably Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. But many more over the past 50 or so years have become so ingrained in American, if not worldwide, c

    While the success of dorm-room ventures can vary widely, there are plenty of student—and former student—entrepreneurs who have become household names. We collected a list of the best.

  • The Winklevoss'€™ First Discovery Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 12:03 AM ET
    The Winklevosses’ First Discovery

    Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra discuss the betrayal they felt when they found out Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook without them.

  • Zuckerberg's First TV Appearance Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 10:54 AM ET
    Zuckerberg's First TV Appearance

    Harvard sophomore (at the time) Mark Zuckerberg introduces Facebook to a national audience on CNBC's now-defunct show "Bullseye."

  • Chris Hughes on 'The Social Network' Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 12:02 AM ET
    Chris Hughes on 'The Social Network'

    The Facebook co-founder talks about truth and Hollywood fiction.

  • Quitting Facebook Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 12:04 AM ET
    Quitting Facebook

    Los Angeles-based social-media marketer Alana Joy shows how Facebook makes breaking up hard to do when she tries to leave the social network for good.

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    Value of Facebook

    Goldman Sachs invests in Facebook at a $50 billion valuation, with Evelyn Rusli, The New York Times Dealbook reporter.

  • Aaron Sorkin on Writing "The Social Network" Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 1:45 PM ET
    Aaron Sorkin on Writing

    Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter of "The Social Network," the highly anticipated movie based on the early days of Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, discusses the film with CNBC.

  • Mark Zuckerberg's Most Valuable Friend
    By: By Miguel Helft,|The New York Times
    Sunday, 3 Oct 2010 | 11:00 AM ET
    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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  • Facebook Co-Founder Speaks Publicly: What I Learned From Watching “The Social Network”
    By: Eduardo Saverin, Co-Founder of Facebook
    Friday, 15 Oct 2010 | 9:30 AM ET

    "What I gleaned from viewing “The Social Network” was bigger and more important than whether the scenes and details included in the script were accurate," writes Eduardo Saverin a co-founder of Facebook in his first comments about the film.

  • Capturing the Facebook Obsession
    By: Joe Nocera|The New York Times
    Saturday, 16 Oct 2010 | 11:18 AM ET

    At bottom, “The Social Network” is a movie about obsession. That is a large part of the reason I’m so smitten with it: that same obsession that caused Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard to start Microsoft and that drove Steve Jobs to build the first home computer in a garage  — that’s the story of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook too, at least in Mr. Sorkin’s telling. And that obsessional quality is what Mr. Sorkin has captured better than anyone before.

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