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Friday, June 4, 2010

Zuckerberg's Bizarre Facebook Insignia Revealed, And What It Means

Posted By on Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 10:34 AM

click to enlarge ART: AUDREY FUKUMAN
  • Art: Audrey Fukuman


To much media fanfare, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg removed his signature hoodie at D8 conference Wednesday, revealing a strange Illuminati-like diagram printed on the blue silk lining. Interviewer Kara Swisher took one look at the bizarre garment and remarked, "What are you in, some kind of cult?"



The notion of some sort of secret seal struck a chord with the D8 audience -- and raises larger questions: The image is impossible to find on any open Facebook marketing materials, or online at all. When contacted by SF Weekly, the official channels at Facebook held that they had no details on the insignia, despite the fact that they could have just written it off on an over-enthusiastic design team.


click to enlarge PHOTO VIA ALLTHINGSD/ANA MATHAT


Using blown-up photos from the conference, we created a mock-up of

Zuckerberg's "Mission Statement Seal" hoodie. The design itself

represents the three key parts of Facebook's strategy for 2010 (hence

the 2010 in the middle):

  • The bi-directional arrows

    indicate that each part generates inbound and outbound sharing;


  • The

    labels on the arrows -- GRAPH, here represented by the "friend

    requests" icon, STREAM, represented by the "messages" icon and PLATFORM,

    represented by the "notifications" icon -- represent the three prongs of Facebook's strategy for 2010, as revealed at F8 conference;


  • The

    blue ring is the interface or Facebook's wall around user data --
    the permeability of which remains a major point of controversy;


  • The

    motto on the upper half of the blue ring,"Making the world more open

    and connected" is, according

    to Zuckerberg, Facebook's obviously unofficial "Mission Statement."


If

the logo was an open piece of marketing fodder, it would just be

discounted as a silly Illuminati-looking logo, on par with the Facebook

quail. It's also easy to write this off as Harvard attendee

Zuckerberg being a little too keen on secret society machinations. And we are sure conspiracy theorists will try to decipher this, remarking on how the intersects of the arrows produce a slightly off-kilter Star of David in the center.

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