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The following is from the Sept. 20, 2007, edition of The Daily Campus


First-year celebrates an unusual milestone

Samantha Urban
Associate Entertainment Editor

"My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas:" The helpful mnemonic device for remembering the nine planets in our solar system was rendered obsolete last year when the International Astronomical Union (IAU) declared that Pluto was no longer a full-fledged planet. Luckily for Pluto-mourning Facebook users, SMU freshman Steven Klimczak was ready.

Klimczak is the founder of "When I was your age, Pluto was a planet," the fourth largest group on Facebook. After only just over a year in existence, the group finally attained one million members at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

"That's enough people to fill, like, 22 SMU stadiums," Klimczak said.

When the IAU made its decision in August 2006 to demote Pluto, Steven was a senior at Episcopal High School in Houston. He heard the verdict and came up with the idea for the Facebook group on the spot. He created the group that night.

"I only invited 150 people," he said. "That's all I've ever had to invite."

Within a month, the group had already attracted 50,000 members. By August 2007, the group had 883,000 members. Klimczak says the group owes a lot to the "Related Groups" sidebar on the right of every group page on Facebook and to the Facebook News Feed, which informs users of their friends' actions on Facebook.

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