Washington Post CEO Don Graham made news late last week by agreeing to join Facebook’s board of directors, a symbolic gesture in some sense of a convergence between old and new media. However, The Post is not necessarily Old Media, with its Slate, Big Money, and the Root properties, as well as the WP and Newsweek websites, but Graham’s addition to the Facebook board is still significant for media history.
Mark Zuckerberg is the founder of Facebook, a former Harvard student who created Facebook with his roommates, and became what Forbes Magazine called “the youngest billionaire on Earth.” Zuckerberg, Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel, and Netscape founder Marc Amdreessen currently sit on the board.
“Don Graham understands how to build and manage an organization for the long term,” said Zuckerberg. “He has made The Washington Post Company one of the most valued and respected education and media companies while making society more open and understanding. “
Simultaneously, Don Graham was all glowy about Facebook as well. “Facebook has completely transformed how people interact by providing a compelling forum where millions and millions of people can connect and share,” said Graham. “Mark’s sense of what Facebook can do is quite remarkable.”
With Don Graham on Facebook’s board now, I just have one more question. Hey, Bill Keller, are you next?