An Interview with “The Facebook Effect” Author David Kirkpatrick ’75

David Kirkpatrick '75

“This is one of the great game-changers of the era in which we live.” According to David Kirkpatrick ’75, Facebook is “a global phenomenon of a type we’ve almost never seen before,” with over 500 million users worldwide and more signing up every day. David, with classmate and journalist Jim Kennedy, discuss where it came from, where it’s going and how it’s changing the way we live.

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Jim Kennedy '75

Jim Kennedy ’75, Vice President and Director of Strategic Planning for The Associated Press, leads strategic planning across all divisions of the world’s largest news organization, including services for print, broadcast and new media. He began his second stint with The Associated Press in 2001, after two years as executive director of product planning for The Wall Street Journal Online, also known as Before moving to the Journal, he spent 13 years at AP, first as business news editor and later as the founding director of the news agency’s multimedia department. At Amherst he majored in American Studies. He lives with his wife, Cindy, and two daughters in Pleasantville, N.Y.