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A short time later, he created a different program he initially called Facemash that let students select the best looking person from a choice of photos.
According to Arie Hasit, Zuckerberg's roommate at the time, "he built the site for fun".
During Zuckerberg's high school years, he worked under the company name Intelligent Media Group to build a music player called the Synapse Media Player.
The device used machine learning to learn the user's listening habits, which was posted to Slashdot Vargas noted that by the time Zuckerberg began classes at Harvard, he had already achieved a "reputation as a programming prodigy".
Such photo directories were an important part of the student social experience at many private schools.
It is considered a "primitive" version of AOL's Instant Messenger, which came out the following year.
Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard University dormitory room on February 4, 2004 with college roommates and fellow Harvard students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew Mc Collum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.
The group then introduced Facebook to other college campuses.
His father taught him Atari BASIC Programming in the 1990s, and later hired software developer David Newman to tutor him privately.
Zuckerberg took a graduate course in the subject at Mercy College near his home while still in high school.