Facebook: Zuckerberg’s billion dollar idea

Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in the world. How come? Because he created the largest social network on the face of the planet. Why? All because of a broken heart….

A headstrong Harvard undergraduate and computer programming genius, Mark Zuckerberg played by Jesse Eisenberg embellished an idea in 2003. He created enemies, made long-lasting friendships, and began his career at the young age of 20.

Director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin take the audience back to the moment when Zuckerberg created Facebook.

A heated argument and break-up ended a horrible night of furious blogging while simultaneously drinking beer — ultimately leading to the creation of connecting 500 million people all around the world. Facebook.com is The Social Network.

Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) comes up with the world-wide phenomenon Facebook with his best- friend and CFO Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) in the newly acclaimed movie The Social Network. (MCT Campus)

On the window of Zuckerberg’s dorm room, best friend and later CFO of Facebook.com Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), calculates a formula that assists in perfecting the site. Working tediously and many endless hours to perfect the specific codes it takes to create such a website, Zuckerberg completed his plan, which soon spread nationwide, then to another continent.

Fortune does come with fame, but Zuckerberg’s fame wasn’t always on the upside. He is hit with two different lawsuits after officially putting the site online.

The Winklevoss twins, who hired Zuckerberg to build a website for them, claimed he stole their idea, so they sued him for ownership — for $65 million. Saverin, who signed some contracts that weren’t legitimate in keeping him as one who gets a certain percentage of the company’s money.

Sorkin not only does a wonderful job of creating memorable one-liners that will live on after the movie goes off the big screen, but in telling a young billionaire’s story. Eisenberg’s character is not exactly like the real Mark. Sorkin and Eisenberg wanted to create their own version of the computer genius.

Eisenberg said, “The character, as created by Aaron and me, is an intense and ambitious and serious person …. He’s accused of stealing this idea that he knows he’s the only one who could possibly create. He’s accused of betraying friendship when he feels his friend was taking his company in the wrong direction.”

To think Zuckerberg even knew this social network would reach past the Ivy League universities and into the big world is fascinating. Facebook.com is ultimately everywhere.

In the end, none of it really mattered — not the fame, not the money, not even reaching the one million  user goal. All Zuckerberg really cared about was Erica Albright — the woman who broke his heart.

Author: Andra Holbrooks

Andra is a senior Mass Communication/Journalism major from Aledo, TX. She is the Features Page Editor for The Bells. Andra loves spending time with her family, roommates and friends. Although her time at UMHB will soon come to an end, she will always hold the Crusader family dearly in her heart. Her adventure of becoming Features Editor for The Bells began in 2008. Being a writer was not a profession she ever imagined pursuing, but she is thankful for the opportunity God has given her to do so. She enjoys page designing and writing feature stories. After graduation in May, she hopes to use her degree by working for a magazine or reporting for a news station.

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