Facebook Movie Review - The Social Network

Yes, I'm one of millions who have seen or will see the Facebook movie, The Social Network.

Here's the Official Trailer 

If you have any commercial interest in online social networking or are a user of any social media  online today then put The Social Network on your 'must see' list today!

I don't want to give away too much. The plot you already know. 

Mark Zuckerberg, the co-creator of Facebook is an eccentric genius without doubt.

Did the rise and rise of Facebook since 2004 happen without anybody feeling shafted along the way? Hardly. That's what takes up a good deal of the viewing. The legal battles between several parties each arguing Facebook was either fully or mostly their idea. 'Nuff said.

A scene from The Social Network 
starring Jesse Eisenberg (Mark Zuckerberg),  
Andrew Garfield (Eduardo Saveron) and  
Justin Timberlake (Sean Parker) 
- for full cast and crew list click here.

Something I can do without spoiling your viewing experience is to share the very first page of The Facebook - in fact if you click this link you will see THE first indexed page of what was then  called The Facebook at the original domain of www.thefacebook.com.

Zuckerberg later dropping the 'The' from the domain upon suggestion from Sean Parker (played brilliantly by Justin Timberlake). The domain name became  just www.facebook.com as we all now know it as today.

The page is captioned 'a Mark Zuckerberg production Thefacebook © 2004'

During the second twelve months online (2005) of www.thefacebook.com Zuckerberg uploaded a changed index page to the server almost every day of the year. A total of 453 indexed pages for www.thefacebook.com for the second year of operation. That's a lot!

You will see in the movie that Mark Zuckerberg is totally dedicated to his project to the point of appearing almost oblivious to the everyday issues of his life.

The last indexed page for www.thefacebook.com is dated October 27, 2009.

What's also interesting is that the ONLY historic page of www.thefacebook.com viewable at  Wayback Machine (part of www.archive.org) is the very first of February 12, 2004.

Try and check out the first indexed pages of the 'new' www.facebook.com pages from 2004 and you see the following message:
We're sorry, access to http://facebook.com/* has been blocked by the site owner via robots.txt. 

Mark Zuckergerg and the modern day part-owners of Facebook are protective of their intellectual property. And who can blame them?

What three ideas did I walk out with after watching The Social Network?
1. friendship is priceless
2. know your 'enemies' and your friends even more so
3. get it in writing
Facebook is worth billions today and Zuckerberg is a multi-billionaire and still only in his twenties.

It's hard to feel any jealousy for the man. Not that I don't feel some envy - I do - mostly for his genius. And I do confess - a slither-slice of his wealth would be nice too!

Final word. Some joker back in the late 1800's is quoted as saying "All that can be invented has been invented. There can be nothing new under the sun"

Try telling that to Mark Zuckerberg.

Net links: 
The Internet Movie Database - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1285016/fullcredits
Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org 
Way Back Machine: http://www.archive.org/web/web.php