Facebook's Founder Is Unblockable

By Matt Baume
|  Monday, Aug 23, 2010  |  Updated 3:51 PM PDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
NitePics: Web-Savvy Set Mingles at Social Media Awards

Getty Images

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses as he speaks during a news conference at Facebook headquarters August 18, 2010 in Palo Alto, California. Zuckerberg announced the launch of Facebook Places, a new application that allows Facebook users to document places they have visited.

Photos and Videos

Your Post-Mortem Facebook Life

We take a look at the delicate subject of death of Facebook.

Facebook Is the "Ultimate" Viral Video Tool

Facebook has become the "ultimate tool for achieving viral distribution," says Ethan Beard, the director of the Facebook developer network in this interview with Beet.TV.
More Photos and Videos

You've got a friend on Facebook -- whether you want him or not.

Web-watchers were started to discover recently that it is impossible to block Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Even if you want to prevent him from seeing your profile, you can't. Attempting to block him will result in a "block failed" message.

It sure is weird, but does it matter? "Does anybody thing that Mark Zuckerberg is spending his time going around harassing users on the site? Has anybody, until now, attempted to block him?" asked Allfacebook's Nick O'Neill.

Now that they've discovered that it's impossible, Facebook users want to block Zuckerberg more than ever. A website has sprung up to protests the strange situation, advising users to at least disable the new "Facebook Places" feature, which allows users to pinpoint each others' positions, broadcasting their friends' current physical locations to the world.

The founder of BlockZuck.com claims that it didn't used to be this way, and that Zuckerberg was blockable until recently.

"Until very recently, it *was* possible to block him; after I put up the original version of the site, I discovered that he couldn't be blocked anymore. Which is much more interesting than my original lame idea, so I updated the site to reflect that," he told Valleywag.

It's not clear whether the error message is a bug or an easter egg. Facebook has a history for placing hidden features where you least expect them -- for example, entering the Contra Code causes lens flares to appear on the page.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Bay Area Proud
Bay Area Proud is NBC Bay... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out