I got an early sneak preview of The Social Network thanks to Sony Pictures. By early, I’m referring in the context of Singapore since The Social Network has already premiered in US early this month.
The Social Network isn’t a documentary of the creation of Facebook. It isn’t about the life of the world’s youngest billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg. It is a movie based on the book ‘The Accidental Billionaires’ which isn’t a biography of Mark Zuckerberg. Not all the events in the movie/book are real. It is after all, a dramatization of history.
Warning: This blog entry might contain some spoilers. Stop here and skip to the last paragraph if you don’t want any spoilers.
Facemash didn’t crash Harvard’s network. According to Wiki, Facemash generated 450 visitors and 22,000 photo-views in its first four hours online. The server didn’t crash. Facemash was shut down a few days later by the Harvard administration. Mark was charged by the administration with breach of security, violating copyrights, and violating individual privacy.
The movie seems to implied that Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook to get a girlfriend. But the truth is, Mark had a girlfriend since collage.
To be fair, some of the technical stuff in the movie are accurate. For example, wget is a utility in Linux which you can use to scrape photos off a website. Don’t ask me how. I don’t do Linux. And the Mark Zuckerberg’s blog entry are true too. The script writers used actual trasncript from Mark Zuckerberg’s former LiveJournal Blog. Which mean yes, Mark did call his girlfriend a bitch while creating FaceMash.com.
If you are looking for the documentary on the founding of Facebook, this is not the movie. But if you are a social media enthusiast looking for an entertaining movie, then The Social Network is the right movie for you.
The Social Network is now showing in the theaters.