Chris Putnam

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Chris Putnam is an American computer engineer, known for his 2005 hack on Facebook which subsequently landed him a career position at the firm.

While attending Georgia Southern University in 2006, Putnam and two friends (Marcel Laverdet and Kyle Stoneman) wrote a computer worm that spread throughout Facebook. The worm used cross-site scripting to change users profiles to resemble MySpace, and deleted some contact details.[1][2] The worm was eventually traced back to Putnam, and caught the interest of Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz. Moskovitz consequently offered him an interview, and several months later, Putnam moved to Menlo Park, California to begin working at Facebook.[3][4][5]

During his four years with the company, Putnam created the site's video application and helped improve the photo uploader,[1][6] before leaving Facebook in 2010.[4][7] Today his face is one of the available emoticons in Facebook chat, evaluated from :putnam:.[8]


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  8. ^ McCarty, Brad. "An essential guide to Facebook emoticons". The Next Web. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 

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