The Social Network has been received extremely well by critics across the boar, earning a 97% from Rotten Tomato and being compared to classics such as ‘Citizen Kane‘ and ‘Rashomon‘ . The movie is superbly directed and the script is impeccably written, and hell, even Justin Timberlake gave a solid performance in his role of Napster creator, Sean Parker. However, after watching the movie – which you should if you haven’t – you are left with two lingering questions: How true are the events depicted in the movie and what happened to all those people?
In our previous post, we went over some the factual errors that bend and distort the truths in the story of Facebook’s inception. In this part, we will be going over where are the characters now.
Well, I think he dropped the “I’m CEO Bitch” from his business card but he definitely is the CEO of Facebook and still at the top of his game. While the movie paints Mark as the social awkward borderline asperger nerd, in reality he’s much more normal than that, except for being one of the youngest billionaires on earth. You can see him below talking about the early days of Facebook in an interview with the Business Insider, and he seems perfectly normal – though he never blinks!
The sweet talking ball of energy social network guru was brilliantly embodied by Justin Timberlake, while he is no longer the president of Facebook due to a certain “coke story”, he still maintains his shares in the company and moved on to establish Causes, the Facebook application and website dedicated to raising money and awareness about various humanitarian causes. Also, he is a managing partner at Founders Fund, a venture capital.
He’s doing well, nothing much. He’s worth $1.3 billion based solely on his 5% share of Facebook earning him a place on the Forbes list. Besides consulting on the book ‘the Accidental billionaire’ which served as the inspiration for the movie, Saverin has been comfortably residing in Singapore where have been investing in Facebook gaming startups there.
Tyler & Cameron Winklevoss
If you are wondering if they are as ridiculous annoying in real life as they were in the movie, then all you have to do is watch the interview of them whining about Facebook embedded above. The twins did participate in the Olympics and placed sixth. Their essence was truly captured in the movie with Mark Calling them the “Winklevii”. And they are still trying to sue Facebook.
The ConnectU co-founder seems to be the only one that moved on, and if anything can be drawn from the interview above is that he is as motivated and driven as his depiction. He went on to co-found SumZero and investment social media website that helps investors share information and investment ideas.
The Roommates: Chris Hughes & Dustin Moskovitz
While they were not heavily featured in the movie, they are prominent figures nowadays. Chris Hughes left Facebook to help mount Obama’s Social Media Campaign and went on afterward to Start Jumo. Dustin, on the other hand, stayed at Facebook and has his own startup called Asana which aims to help people work together more effectively.
Now whether the movie was true or not is mostly irrelevant at this point, what is relevant though is how it will shape people’s opinion about Facebook and its privacy woes in the future now that the person behind Facebook has been humanized, and people have a idea -mostly made up- of who Mark is.
What do you think will be the effect of the movie on the Facebook, if any? Did you enjoy it? Share with us your thoughts in our comment section below.
P.S. As an extra nugget of information if you are curious about who is the Hollywood star that is referred to during one of the depositions it is no other than miss Natallie Portman who was consulted by Sorkin.