But according to an excerpt from a new book from a former Facebook employee, the day Google+ launched, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called an emergency meeting and declared the company on “lockdown” for the first and only time.
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From the excerpt, available via Vanity Fair, Antonio Garcia Martinez writes:
How, might you ask, was Lockdown officially announced? We received an e-mail at 1:45 P.M. the day Google Plus launched, instructing us to gather around the Aquarium, the glass-walled cube that was Zuck’s throne room. Actually, it technically instructed us to gather around the Lockdown sign. This was a neon sign bolted to the upper reaches of the Aquarium, above the cube of glass, almost like the NO VACANCY sign on a highway motel. By the time the company had gathered itself around, that sign was illuminated, tipping us off to what was coming.
Martinez also called Zuckerberg’s speech “aloof,” “geek-speak,” and “borderline psychopathic.”
But the “lockdown” would lead Facebook to think twice on code changes, rushing a product to market, and shape up overall to defend against its alleged war.
Martinez’s account is a fascinating look at the earlier days of Facebook, and it’s worth a read here. The full book, “Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley,” is expected to hit the bookshelves later this summer.