Facebook Alumni Making it Big on Their Own
When Katherine Losse graduated with her M.A. in English from Johns Hopkins University, she didn’t know her next career move would be to work in a frat house. That’s how Losse described Facebook’s work culture in her book The Boy Kings, a memoir describing life as employee No. 51 of the social media giant.
Losse launched her Facebook career as a customer service rep, addressing end-user requests in what sounds like a college party setting, complete with beer pong and dirty messages to female workers. As Losse climbed the Facebook career ladder, she began to question the human implications of social networking, from loss of privacy to loss of real-life connection. She culminated her Facebook days as Mark Zuckerberg’s personal ghostwriter, developing an intellectual intimacy with the “boy king” himself.
Losse then decided to use her skills and vested stock to write her memoir. In addition to giving an insider look at the now-ubiquitous social media company, Losse’s memoir contributes to a growing discussion about online privacy and the implications of social media.