I’ve seen The Social Network

by Jeff Hilimire on October 3, 2010

I admit it, I saw The Social Network the day it came out.  Of course I did, right?

We took the DIG team (and @gumboshowjoe tagged along) and headed for the show last Friday afternoon at Atlantic Station. And since we had both the biggest Facebook fanboy and the biggest Facebook hater, I thought we were well rounded as a group.  I particularly enjoyed @atlantajones‘s fist pump when Zuckerburg was called an asshole in the first few minutes.

And I loved it.  I thought the movie was incredibly well done.  I loved the way they told much of the story through Mark’s lawsuits.  I’ll definitely be reading Accidental Billionaires (affiliate link) which the movie was based on.  Oh, and if you liked the music (which I did), I found a site where you can currently download 5 of the songs for free.

As an entrepreneur I loved the story of how the company started.  The ups, the downs, the passion, the blind and total focus…  As a digital marketer (as if there is any other kind today), I loved hearing how the platform that can’t be ignored came to be.  You do know that Facebook owns the fishbowl right?

Oh I also found these videos where tech entrepreneurs talk about the film.

Anyone else see it?  My guess is everyone that reads my blog will have seen it.  Whadyathink?

  • http://twitter.com/JM_allgrownup Josh Milenthal

    Well to say the least I’m mad I didn’t get to go with you guys…I guess I have to see it after a review like this.

  • Andrew Jones

    RE: The Accidental Billionaires, I actually bought the audio book. I’d heard it was badly written, and holy cow, they were right. Honestly, it was so badly written, I had to stop listening within the first hour. Now that I’ve seen the film, maybe I’ll give it another shot.

  • http://twitter.com/amygriz Amy

    Thanks to the DIG team going to see it, I don’t have to go with Josh! :) I told him I’d make the sacrifice if he wanted me to, but it’s not necessary now. Consider this blog reader someone who hasn’t seen it – and doesn’t plan to. Now if he decides he wants to see it again…I may get ‘zuckered’ into going.

  • Sela Missirian

    Jeff – I also took my team Friday afternoon, we opted for the Fork and Screen BEER option :) and I agree, it was worth our while. Not just for marketers but for anyone who likes to know what fuels world shaping cultural phenomenons. I know it skewed more toward Saverin’s POV but I think Sorkin did a good job presenting multiple perspectives – which leaves you having to come up to your own conclusions at the end. Mark say’s it’s fictional and maybe some parts were, but it was a great account of capturing entrepreneurial spirit and made me want to drop out of whatever I was doing to chase my dreams!!

  • http://www.jeffhilimire.com Jeff Hilimire

    Let me guess, you’re waiting for the new movie about the person who created Hotmail :)

  • DTrain

    Even though the movie’s focus was on the circumstances surrounding the founding of Facebook, I came out of the movie with my entrepreneurial fire lit once again! Can’t let the Harvard guys have all the fun! Time for me to take my 49-year old self off the shelf and back into the game!

  • http://www.jeffhilimire.com Jeff Hilimire

    Completely agree DTrain, it got me fired up in the exact same way!

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