“It wasn’t so long ago that the idea of a college romance playing out onlineâ€”for better or for worseâ€”would have been deemed weird, nerdy, or just plain pathetic. As the thinking went, if you had to go to the Web to find a mate, or break up with one, it must have meant you weren’t capable of attracting anyone in the real world. But then MySpace came along, and Facebook took overâ€”and today, courtship has become a flurry of status messages, e-mail flirtation, and, not so uncommonly, breakups that play out publicly for all 400 of your not-so-closest friends.”
Other stories in this series:
- Facebook at Age Five
The social networking site now boasts 250 million users, but has yet to make a single dollar in profit. Five years after its inception, a look at whether it can last another five.
- The Salacious Story Behind Facebook
What the company doesn’t want you to know about its ignominious start.
- The Father of Social Networking
With Facebook, 25 year-old Mark Zuckerberg, turned a dorm-room diversion into a cultural phenomenon. His next goal? To finally turn the company profitable.
- Face-to-Facebook (video)
Newsweek talks to Facebook users (and a few self-proclaimed addicts) about how the social networking site fits into their lives.