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Facebook's Rise: Mark Zuckerberg's 5 Smartest Moves

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 12/15/10 12:37 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

Time's "Person of the Year" is Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The 26 year-old Harvard dropout has transformed Facebook from a small network of Harvard students into the largest online network the world has ever seen.

Facebook's short history may not have been as dramatic as portrayed in the 2010 blockbuster The Social Network, but Zuckerberg's brainchild has had its fair share of ups and downs. Like any company, there have been good calls and bad calls, soaring successes and dismal fails.

We're looking back at the smartest decisions Facebook ever made, decisions that turned the spunky startup into a global behemoth and a household name. Take a look through our slideshow of Facebook's most strategic moves, and vote for the one you think improved the company most. As always, share your thoughts in the comments below.

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One of the major factors that distinguished Facebook from competing social networks and helped it become the online powerhouse it is today was a crucial decision made early on to require users to create profiles using their actual identity and real names. Zuckerberg said earlier this year, "The Web is at a really important turning point right now. Up until recently, the default on the Web has been that most things aren't social and most things don't use your real identity. We're building towards a Web where the default is social. Every application and product will be designed from the ground up to use real identity and friends."
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