“Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?” If that line isn’t not a blast from the past, poking around what is speculated to be Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s teenage website will bring you back to a time of rudimentary websites.
Supposedly scrounged up by someone on Hacker News, the website has a landing page titled “Mark’s Homepage” and “the only site where a yellow eye blinks at you.”
In the About section (where the Web composer who might be 15-year-old Zuckerberg wrote the Slim Shady/Eminem reference), we learn that he lives in a small town near New York city, just finished his freshman year and “remodeled this website in an attempt that perhaps some search engine will recognize it.
“I am trying to promote my new AOL Program, The Vader Fader, which you can download elsewhere on this site. It is a decent fader,” wrote the boy who some believe is the now billionaire entrepreneur.
Somewhat telling, the website also had a Java applet called The Web, which he used to connect people. Here’s how it worked:
As of now, the web is pretty small. Hopefully, it will grow into a larger web. This is one of the few applets that require your participation to work well. If your name is already on The Web because someone else has chosen to be linked to you, then you may choose two additional people to be linked with. Otherwise, if you see someone who you know and would like to be linked with but your name is not already on The Web, then you can contact me and I will link that person to you and put you on The Web. If you do not know anyone on The Web, contact me anyway and I will put you on it. In order for this applet to work, you must E-Mail me your name and the names of the two people that you would like to be linked with. Thank you!
On a list called “The Best,” we gain insight into some more of Zuckerberg’s teenage mind:
What we’re not sure, at this point, is if this website is real. Here’s what Gizmodo thinks:
It looks like it. Motherboard discovered that the contact e-mail of the Angelfire page (Themarke51@aol.com) is an old AOL account under the primary account of ‘ekzooks’. Which is interesting because that ‘ekzooks’ username has been used all over the Internet by a Dr. Edward Zuckerberg. Who is Dr. Edward Zuckerberg? Well, only the father of Mark Zuckerberg.
In addition, taking a look at the source of the Angelfire page (the behind the scenes part) reveals that the creator of the website was Mark Zuckerberg. Or at least someone who calls himself Mark Zuckerberg.
Although all signs might point to the real Facebook CEO drafting up this website in his youth, he has not confirmed it in his adult life yet.
This story has been updated for clarity.