May 142015

Hooray, it’s Thursday again! Ready for some micro fun? Enjoy:

Facebook is an on-line social networking service launched in 2004 by Harvard University students, Mark ZuckerbergEduardo SaverinAndrew McCollumDustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. Originally called Thefacebook, the site was set up to allow Harvard University students to identify and contact their fellow students. The website was shut down by the Harvard administration as it breached security, violated copyrights and violated individual privacy. The site ran in to further legal trouble when the Winklevoss twins claimed Zuckerberg stole their idea. The lawsuit was settled with the twins receiving 1.2 million shares in the company worth around $300 million. Today Facebook has over 1.4 billion registered users.

Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, celebrates his 31st birthday today. It was clear from an early age that Zuckerberg had an aptitude for programming. His father taught him BASIC while at middle school then hired a software developer to privately tutor him. He was not your typical computer geek, however. He also excellent at fencing and enjoyed reading classics. Today, he is worth around £35 billion.

A rendition of Happy Birthday To You for Mr Zuckerberg, with this week’s photo prompt:

Photo Credit: Maurizio Costanzo via CC.

Photo Credit: Maurizio Costanzo via CC.

The Judge

Judging this week’s contest is me!


A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with FACE and ending with BOOK and incorporating the photo prompt.


Anyone, but especially you!


Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘who is the the author’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.


Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time:




Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.

Anything else?

Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.

Please try to leave comments on a couple of other stories. It’s all part of the fun, and everyone likes feedback!

Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation is allowed) will be eligible to win.