Just over eight years after Mark Zuckerberg launched thefacebook in a Harvard dorm room, Facebook has officially gone public today. And, what better time to dig back into the company's history, as documented by everyone from The Harvard Crimson and The New Yorker to Zuckerberg himself? Whether you're figuring out whether to invest or want to see how the world's most popular social network has evolved, we've put together a special IPO day edition of the best writing about Facebook — and several notes from Zuckerberg himself. It's been a rich history, with countless privacy issues, rumors of corporate buyouts, the Beacon debacle, the debut of the now inescapable "Like" button (only two years old!), radical redesigns, and years of IPO mongering.

Author Steven Johnson recently wrote, "I suspect that Facebook will forever live within this dialectic, expanding the boundaries of social sharing and then reacting to pushback from users and critics when it goes too far," and you'll see that privacy ebb and flow has been one of Facebook's many constants. Here's our roundup of the best writing on Facebook that looks at its personalities, evolution, ideas, and its effects on networked life and culture.