Facebook CTO logs out
Co-founder off to the beach
Facebook's chief technology officer Adam D'Angelo, a school friend of chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, is leaving the company.
The 23-year-old helped Facebook cope with its rapid expansion - the company has just borrowed another $100m to buy new servers. The money comes from TriplePoint Capital and will all go on servers.
The company already needs 10, 000 servers to keep its service running and the TriplePoint money will be enough for another 50, 000, BusinessWeek reports.
D'Angelo has a bachelor's degree from California Institute of Technology. He was one of the first people Zuckerberg hired to help set the company up.
D'Angelo was feeling the pressure and, according to All Things Digital, believed his job no longer fitted with his interests and skills. He mailed Facebook staff on Friday saying he needed a break but would remain a strong supporter of the site.
He will not be replaced - instead, Facebook is looking to hire a vice president of engineering.
In other news, Facebook is making it easier to link to profiles from external websites. Facebook Connect will launch in the next few weeks and will let users connect to their Facebook profiles from other sites. It is not clear how issues of privacy will be dealt with, but on its developer blog the company said: "It's about giving users the ability to take their identity and friends with them around the Web, while being able to trust that their information is always up to date and always protected by their privacy settings."
Rival site MySpace has announced similar plans to open up profiles to external sites. ®
after being burgled the other week i was discussing the relevance of csi with the forensics bod and she came out with this..
yeah we always look for suspects on facebook.. especiallywith street gangs and stuff.. put it this way.. if we'd have proposed setting up an online system that has your personal details, photograph, interests, qualifications, links to friends all in one place the human rights people would have had kittens.. then face book et al made it fashionable and hey job done.. voluntarily..
name witheld for same reason.. meh.
Ok, I remember seeing a fairly large site for a financial institution attending something like 10 million users. How many servers, you might say? about 40. Ok, add in the mainframe boxen, but still, 40 servers for 10 million users.
According to that measure, Facebook should have 2,500 MILLION users (or 2.5 US Billions), which would make like half the Earth's population. Mind you, I don't think there are that many people hooked up to the Internet, even less likely to be logged on Facebook.
Then again, these "10 thousand servers" might just be 10,000 486 DX2's strapped together! ;)
It's just a website...
What does facebook actually do that requires so many machines??? The 3rd party apps are hosted elsewhere (organised by the developers of the apps) but they obviously need to talk to the facebook api, additionally i appreciate it's a very busy site. But one website = 10,000 servers ($20 million worth)? Doesn't sound like they know how to configure their servers very well (or that their developers know how to code very well).