The Social Network

October 24, 2010

500 million users. From a college dorm room to computer screens, little mobile phone displays to the big cinema theatre screens. 500 million users, could that turn into 500 million viewers?

The life of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg portrayed in a film based on Ben Mezrich book The Accidental Billionaires. It follows the world’s biggest online social network’s history from 2003, how it developed and the fast success it had.

Mark, the mastermind behind Facebook, you don’t know if you want to hate him or love him. But mostly I felt sorry for him. Being a genius, gaining over-night fame won’t always get you what you want. I’m definitely impressed and fascinated by this guy.

But down deep it was all about a girl and girls can be tricky.  And so can men.

Mark was met with two lawsuits. One from the Winklevoss twins for stealing their idea and one from his best friend Eduardo Saverin. Was Mark acting selfish, yes. But sometimes you have to and in his case it seemed like he did it unconsciously.

He probably didn’t want to make any harm, acting without thinking too much. He was acting on instinct and I want to say that he was lucky too.

However, the real Mark Zuckerberg has taken distance from the film so how much of Mezrich’s findings come from the man himself?

The film is very convincing. It’s an adaptation of a real-life story so it’s a bit like a documentary. It wasn’t great, just very interesting. I’m on Facebook.

With 500 million users around the globe, obviously, there are a lot of people who can relate to the film. Don’t know how well the book sold but it was published last year and casting for the film began about a month later.

It had to be done quickly otherwise someone else who has the skills and the means would have stolen the idea.

If you’re on Facebook and want to know how it all began, watch The Social Network. If you’re not on Facebook and want to know what it is about, watch The Social Network.

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