'Facebook Effect' author to speak at SLU Tuesday
Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 11:35 am

CANTON - David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World, will speak at St. Lawrence University on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in Eben Holden.

The talk will be followed by a book-signing. Both are open to the public, free of charge.

Kirkpatrick's book is the only history of Facebook, an eight-year-old company with an estimated 850 million users. It was also adapted for the recent Academy Award nominated movie The Social Network.

As the company prepares to go public, questions have arisen about how Facebook will change politics, marketing, business, personal relationships, privacy, media and more.

An author, journalist and media entrepreneur, Kirkpatrick is founder and CEO of Techonomy Media, which hosts the annual Techonomy conference, focusing on the centrality of technology and innovation for business and all progress.

His best-selling book on Facebook has been published in 30 countries and was a finalist for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year as well as the Gerald Loeb Award.

He was for many years senior editor for Internet and technology at Fortune magazine, where he wrote numerous cover stories and created and hosted Fortune's Brainstorm conference series.

Kirkpatrick writes regularly for Vanity Fair and Forbes.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and appears frequently on television, radio and various Internet media.