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New Movie about Mark Zuckerberg

Aside from news of the Los Angeles weather, many are excited about a new movie about Mark Zuckerberg, who came up with the concept for Facebook with some friends while they were students at Harvard, has come out called The Social Network. Although the movie doesn't completely portray the Facebook cofounder in a positive light, the simple fact that it was made and released by a major film studio demonstrates how influential he has become and how much his work matters to the general public. Just six years after its invention, Facebook has revolutionized the way we use the internet by making the concept of the online social network relevant and important to users of all ages all throughout the world. As CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg continues to come up with ways to adjust and change the site, some for better and others for the worse.

Early Life of Mark Zuckerberg

Born in White Plains NY and raised in Dobbs Ferry NY, Mark Zuckerberg was raised by Jewish parents, although for his part he considers himself an atheist. Throughout his early years, he enjoyed computer programming, especially working to create communication related games and tools. While in high school he built a significant media player that learned the listener's music habits and adjusted its playlist accordingly. Multiple companies including Microsoft tried to buy the media player and recruit Mark Zuckerberg to work for them, but he chose to go to college instead, enrolling at Harvard [1].

Harvard and the Facebook

While enrolled at Harvard, Mark Zuckerberg launched the original Facebook site ( from his dorm room on February 4, 2004. His idea for "the Facebook" came from back in his high school days, but it was not until here that he actually did anything with the idea. At first, the site was just something for the students at Harvard, but it soon spread to other schools, first Ivy League campuses and then all over. Mark Zuckerberg moved to California with a few friends who had been involved in the development of the Facebook website. Peter Thiel, a venture capitalist, also entered the picture at this time and invested in the company. The small group got their first offices in the summer of 2004. They intended to go back to Harvard in the fall, but eventually decided to stay and continue developing the web site [1].

The Social Network Movie

Six years and several billion dollars later for Mark Zuckerberg, he clearly never needs to worry about looking for the cheapest car insurance again. One of the most influential people of his generation, he is the subject of a new movie called The Social Network. However true or untrue the story portrayed in the film may be it does not cast the Facebook cofounder in a very good light. The film depicts infighting among founding members and portrays the eventual CEO as someone who cast off friends and forced them out of the company on his way to the top [1].

Films like this very typically take liberties with the truth, and no one outside of the few who actually experienced it may ever know what happened between the cofounding partners in Facebook. But it is clear that Mark Zuckerberg emerged as the winner in the struggle, assuming the role of CEO and coming out with more company stock than the others. As the website continues to grow and develop, so does his influence. Mark Zuckerberg is somewhat of a transcendent figure for his generation; whether or not people like him, they have to respect what he has been able to accomplish with a great idea for a website.

[1] Retrieved 2010-09-30.


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