Jeffrey Bachand has launched HarvardConnection.co, a tribute site to “The Facebook”, styled like the original site. With a prominent “for sale” sign on the homepage, there are high hopes to fetch a bit of coin for the web address and a little taste of history. After all the legal issues and drama it’s unlikely that those parties will show much interest, but hey, this could be fun while it lasts!
There’s obviously a large legal piece to consider with this site – like the actual permission to use the styling and “The Old Facebook” graphic based on the original Facebook logo. It’s pretty cool to see the old design in action, but only time will tell how long this will last.
Beachand has said that he originally came up with the idea after a failed job interview for a programming position at MIT back in February. He said that he was able to find the original source, pages that Zuckerberg himself programmed. The site allows to you register with your present Facebook profile through the Facebook application integration and pulls in your information as appropriate, so no need to worry about new registration and filling out major profile details. This is 2011, Facebook’s got this.
Staying true to the original Facebook functionality, HarvardConnection.co will only allow you to browse people within your college network. Ideally, Bachand would like to monetize the site eventually, but it’s hard to believe that Facebook would allow for that to happen. Bachand also would like to build out Facebook for each build stage as Facebook grew, allowing users to select their own preferred stage, which is an interesting concept. Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, and the Winklevoss twins have all been contacted regarding the intent of the site.
At present, there are over 1,700 users throughout the network, but there’s definitely not a billion dollar idea here. Let’s see how long this lasts.
What are your thoughts? Do you feel a sense of nostalgia with HarvardConnection or is this all a waste of time?