The Social Network tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg and his journey during the early years of Facebook. Zuckerberg started with creating “FaceMash.com”, where male students at Harvard could rate and pick between two female students at Harvard. He managed to created this website in one night by hacking into Harvard’s computer networks all while drunk.
This website got the attention of the Winklevoss twins, who offered Zuckerberg a job with their website, the Harvard Connection. Next, Zuckerberg approaches his friend Eduardo about an idea called “Thefacebook.” Eduardo helps Mark out with the expenses of starting the social networking website and Thefacebook launched, being exclusive to Harvard students. This got the attention of the Winklevoss twins, who claim Zuckerberg stole their idea.
After Mark realizes that his ex-girlfriend has never heard of Facebook, he decides to expand to other universities in the northeast while moving the company out to California. Hearing the news about Facebook’s growth, the Winklevoss twins become angrier and finally decide to sue Mark. At the end of the movie, it is shown that the Zuckerberg and the Winklevoss twins settled for $65 million. It also shows that Facebook now (in 2010) has 500 million users in 207 different countries and is valued at $35 billion.
This movie was interesting to me for a couple of reasons. First, I was not aware of the previous site that Zuckerberg first made called “FaceMash.com.” In addition, it was especially interesting because I can remember when I first made a Facebook profile and the old Facebook. I can remember having flair boards, tag pictures, etc. It’s interesting to see how Facebook continues to evolve over time with its features and its audience.