I finally watched  The Social Network over the weekend.  I’ve always been late in watching movies, but this allows me to pick and choose only the good ones (most of the time).  I’m sure most people have seen this movie by now, so I won’t comment on it too much.  Basically it is a semi-factual story of how Facebook was created, based on the book The Accidental Billionaires, which I may try to read in the near future.  Obviously the movie is good since it and it’s cast are up for so many Oscars.  There are lots of nerdy and techy lines in the movie, which I really enjoyed, but also a ton of comedic lines.  Many people question a lot of the facts in the movie, but you have to remember that the goal here is to entertain, and it definitely does.

One thing that I couldn’t stop thinking about during the movie was how Mark Zuckerberg went from a nerdy programmer in college all the way to creating one of the biggest websites in the world.  I recalled as I was graduating high school that I put together a website for my group of friends so that we could keep in touch while going separate ways for college.  This website was a much smaller version of exactly what Zuckerberg created, only not as fully functional.  If only I could have realized that there are other people out there that would want to keep in touch with their own groups of friends, I could have potentially created something big too.  Obviously it takes a lot more than just an idea, but it doesn’t hurt to dream, right?  Let’s just hope I don’t overlook my next great idea.

3 Responses to “The Social Network”
  1. Toni Busch says:

    You will Ed, you will! You have a gift for writing, I think!!

    • edpaffjr says:

      Thanks, but growing up writing was never something I was good at doing. I excelled in math and science, but english classes were much harder. I guess that has changed some over the years. Another positive benefit from my blogging.

  2. Nick Esasky says:

    I recommend reading the book. It’s pretty solid. I like baseball.

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