Did Facebook founder Mark E. Zuckerberg steal the original idea for his social networking website from a fellow student at Harvard? According to Aaron J. Greenspan he is in fact the creator of original college social networking system, and he has the emails to prove it.

The popular social networking website Facebook has recently been plagued by claims that the founders of ConnectU, three Harvard classmates of Facebook founder Mark E. Zuckerberg, were in fact the rightful creators of Facebook.

But now another contender entered the fray, this time another Harvard classmate Aaron J. Greenspan. Greenspan is however not all talk, and actually has email conversations between himself and Zuckerberg to substantiate his claims.

According to the New York Times “As a Harvard student in 2003 — six months before Facebook started and eight months before ConnectU went online — Mr. Greenspan established a simple Web service that he called houseSYSTEM. It was used by several thousand Harvard students for a variety of online college-related tasks. Mr. Zuckerberg was briefly an early participant.”

“An e-mail message, circulated widely by Mr. Greenspan to Harvard students on Sept. 19, 2003, describes the newest feature of houseSYSTEM, as “the Face Book,” an online system for quickly locating other students. The date was four months before Mr. Zuckerberg started his own site, originally “thefacebook.com.” (Mr. Greenspan retained his college e-mail messages and provided The New York Times with copies of his communications with Mr. Zuckerberg.)”

The full article available here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/01/te...27f&ei=5087%0A