Cameron Winklevoss Calls 'The Social Network' Nonfiction
Nerds vs. nerds
Need a Facebook drama refresher course? Harvard alum Cameron Winklevoss says that the film The Social Network covers the experience he had making a social networking plan fairly closely, and that his idea wasn't "scribbled on a napkin." Do you know the background story of Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who were depicted in the film (out this weekend) The Social Network?
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Facebook CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg is portrayed in The Social Network as a scheming, idea-stealing programmer who works on Facebook while at Harvard. Well, Facebook before it was Facebook, that is.
Cameron, who worked on a plan for a Harvard-based social networking site with brother Tyler and Divya Narendra, discussed finding out about Mark Z.'s project on the side after they had worked on the social networking project together.
"At first we were like, 'Wait! WHAT? Is there another Mark Zuckerberg on campus?' We couldn't believe it," Cameron told Rob Shuter at PopEater. "This was our idea, and here he was completely stealing our same execution plan. He'd fraudulently lead us on for 50 days. The treachery and deceit was just mind-blowing."
After taking things to Honor Court at Harvard, Cameron Winklevoss sent Mark a "cease and desist" order, later settling for a whopping $65 million. The end? Hardly. Since the settlement included a "stake in the company," Winklevoss states that he expected equity, which he didn't receive. A to-be-continued story, and a fascinating one at that.
Is The Social Network a film you'll watch this weekend, or is this a wait-for-DVD movie?