‘Social Network’ tells the story of Facebook

By Kary Feick

kfeick@my.madonna.edu

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Eduardo Saverin: (12:01 a.m.): Mark Zuckerberg betrayed his only friend! I really hate Sean Parker; he is so full of himself. I think I’m going to take back the money I invested in Zuckerberg’s site.

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Mark Zuckerberg commented on Eduardo Saverin’s status (about 8 minutes ago): I’m wired right now; we can talk about this later.

Eduardo Saverin also commented on his status (about 7 minutes ago): I didn’t know I was signing my death certificate when I signed those contracts. You are such a back stabber. I was your only friend. Sean Parker just wanted to benefit from your idea.   

Mark Zuckerberg commented on Eduardo Saverin’s status (about 6 minutes ago): I thought you read the contracts before you signed them.

Eduardo Saverin also commented on his status (about 5 minutes ago): How can you let them limit your CFO to a 0.03 percent income from Facebook?

While Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) might not have had this heated conversation via Facebook status comments, the drama
between the two represents a good portion of the film, “The Social Network.”

Directed by David Fincher and aimed at young adults, “The Social Network” tells the story of Facebook.

Following a recent break-up, Zuckerberg turns his anger into inspiration, determination, and motivation. When Zuckerberg’s genius computer programming and Saverin’s sophisticated codes are put together, the website launches Feb. 4, 2004.

A couple days later, Zuckerberg is accused of stealing the idea for “The Facebook” from Cameron Winkelvoss (Armie Hammer), Tyler Winkelvoss (Armie Hammer), and Divya Narendra (Max Minghella). The three asked for Zuckberg’s help on launching a website called “Harvard Connection.” The concept of the “Harvard Connection” was to provide Harvard students with a social media website.

The whole idea behind “The Facebook” is that Zuckerberg does not care about money. Accompanied by his CFO, Saverin, they build the site and make it great. Saverin also gives Zuckerberg money to fund the site, and acts as his businessman.

Later in the movie, Zuckerberg and Saverin meet Sean Parker, the cofounder of Napster. Zuckerberg is interested in what Parker can bring to the Facebook team. One of Parker’s first suggestions is “Drop the ‘the’, make it ‘Facebook.’” Zuckerberg agrees and Parker becomes a part of the team. Parker also suggests moving to California for the summer to help Facebook become even more popular. The Facebook crew moves to California, locates a team of investors, gains shares, and Saverin signs a few detailed contracts.

Throughout the film, Saverin describes himself as Zuckerberg’s only friend. When Facebook limits Saverin to 0.03 percent of its total income, Saverin feels Zuckerberg has betrayed the friendship. Eventually everything turns into a mess causing Saverin and the “Harvard Connection” creators to sue Zuckerberg.

“The Social Network” is just one of those movies you will have to go see in order to find out what really happened.

Overall, the film comes across as entertaining, especially the unique personalities of identical twins, Cameron and Tyler Winkelvoss. The effects were very impressive because the twins were both played by Hammer. However, it seemed as though some story line was missing. Due to the fact that this is a film made for entertainment purposes, Facebook users may start to dislike Zuckerberg. While the film will not  negatively affect Facebook’s number of members, rumors will start because the film did not tell the full, true story.

“The Social Network” deserves 4.5 stars for a good movie, great effects, and a huge target audience.