The Social Network: movie about Facebook

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You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.

The Social Network is an eagerly awaited film about Facebook founders, how all started up, what has led them and where there are today.

The film started in theaters on 1th October, at the end of October is expected in Slovenia. The movie script was made based on the book by Ben Mezrich “The Accidental Billionaires”, written from of co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s side who feels angry and cheated and was suing Facebook for chanching level of ownership share, from Winklevoss twins’ view, who argue about whois idea was and from writers’s own investigations.

In the first weekend playing the film earned 23 million from 100 million expected at Sony. Good numbers, but real big blockbusters earned much more. Has Facebook oppositions about FB truth in movie contributed that or not we’ll soon see?

Who is the real Mark Zuckerberg?

Is he hartless billionaire and hacker from movie story or just a programmer and great visionary guy? In fact, we don’t know much about Zuckerberg. We know that he rejected Microsoft’s offer of 1 million $ back in high school, that he did not graduate in Hardvard, that the first name was The Facebook,that he has quarreled with the co-founder, than almost nothing else. Ok, we know that many people now what their pice of big cake no matter if they helped or not to create FB platform.

Who already wanted to buy Facebook?

The company is currently worth over 22 million $ and Zuckerber owns 24 % ownershop. Many of them wanted to buy Facebook, but so far without success.

11 companies tried to buy Facebook:

  • Unknown financier 2004
  • Friendster 2004
  • Google 2004
  • Viacom 2x 2005, 2006 (owned by MTV)
  • MySpace 2005 *
  • New Corp 2005 (after buying MySpace)
  • NBC2005
  • Yahoo 2006 2x
  • AOL 2006
  • Google 2007
  • Microsoft 2007 (however, now almost 2% co-owner of FB)

(Source: Businessinsider.com)

He knows what he wants

Indeed, Zuckerberg is a man who knows what he wants. Hm, why is he just recently engaged in efforts to shows his good side, his humanity in the media? One week befor movie opening he visit Oprah, where even show for the first time his home and a long-term girlfriend and much more; he donated 100 million $ for school scolarships.

Lies in the film

Facebook just talk about existence of lies, but was never concrete. Businessinsider presented some of the lies in the film. False is that Eduardo Saverin is a victim and that he was actively involved in the creation of FB platform, truth is he mostly partied when others in the FB team worked nonstop. At the beginning Facebook was not commercials it was without any ads on the site, but Eduardo puts on FB pages ads for his own startup company for free and without telling anybody else. Zuckerberg is also portrayed as a man who talk quickly and a lot, but those who have been in contact with him say, it’s quite the opposite.

Renovation of the movie in less than a 1 minute

For all of us that we have not seen the movie yet or not have time to, please look what Taiwanese company prepare for us: a short film restoration in 1 minute.

Also a comic book about the occurence of FB

In december comic book would be published by Bluewater Productions “Mark Zuckerberg: creator of Facebook“. They promise that their story will show all sides from Eduardo’s and from Mark’s point of view on the development of Facebook and that Mark will not be displyed in black and white.

“Rightly or wrongly, Mark dealt lashly with some people on his way to where he is today. As we see, he left many people feeling betrayed. I try my best to be fair here. No one is totally innocent in this story. I try to represent each of the major players’ point of view.”said comic book author Maida Jerome.

Another book on FB: The Facebook effect

There are 2 books about Facebook; one The Accidental billionaries and The Facebook effect. The second book’s author David Kirkpatrick provide more real facts than other book and movie. He is also the only person to communicate with Mark Zuckerberg, making it hte most authentic story about creating Facebook. Bussinessinsider briefly summarized the FB story in the article The Facebook movie is an act of Cold Blooded revenge.

Go see movie

The Social Network is a good film and it’s the first one to suit tech experts and geek. It’s the first Hollywood movie whre we can see the real php code, pearl, mysql and wget commands. According to wired.com everyone who works in the IT industry has to see it, but movie is so weel made that it will enjoy even those who are not Facebook friends/users.

The movie does not cast a full bad light on Zuckerberg as was originally assumed, therefore, it will not be any major negative turning point and to harm Facebook,

But it would harm Facebook if they eg. announced, that he has full access to all data uploaded into the FB and that in former days he hacked someone’s private mailbox with help from his FB data. That is seriously matter to watch out .

Maida Jerome: “Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire on the planet and created something that has already had a profound impact on the world.”

Saša

Works as system engineer in Slovenian Enterprise in Microsoft environment focusing on security, deployments, SharePoint, SCCM and CheckPoint firewall. Author of successful blog about IT security, Microsoft tips & tricks, social media, internet trends.