Winklevoss: Facebook ‘One of the Least Transparent Companies’

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facebook_small.jpgADOTAS – Never afraid of employing sensationalism, The New York Post titles its interview with Tyler Winklevoss — of the Facebook-suing Winklevosses — “Facebook’s Worst Enemies.” Wait a second, I thought that was Paul Ceglia, who claims to own 84% of the social network? It’s hard getting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s enemies straight — he should consider making a list like Richard Nixon.

The Winklevoss twins — who tower from the height of six feet five inches and were members of the 2008 Olympic rowing team — are getting the celluloid treatment in Facebook movie “The Social Network.” Tyler’s version of events is simple: while at Harvard University, Divya Narendra, Tyler and his brother Cameron approached code jockey Zuckerberg to underwrite their “Harvard Connection” social network. After verbally agreeing, Zuck blew them off and created competitor “The Facebook,” which morphed into the 500 million-member Facebook of today.

Facebook settled with the Winklevosses for $65 million in 2009 — the settlement proceeding opens the movie — but now they want more money, arguing that Zuck’s team misled them about the value of the company.

Supposedly the movie paints the twins as all-American boys used and abused by the scheming Zuck, and the interview is certainly fawning (the twins are described as “the East Coast’s most fascinating eligible bachelors”), but this quote from Tyler really stood out to me, especially on the heels of a well-balanced profile in The New Yorker:

“Mark Zuckerberg is a guy who wants to change privacy. He wants to create a more transparent world, and yet he remains, and Facebook remains one of the least transparent companies….”

MySpace cofounder Chris DeWolfe’s promiscuity was the stuff of legend in Silicon Valley gossip, but prudish MySpacers didn’t leave the site because of that. It was an issue of functionality and disgust with belly-fat ads.

But is Facebook different? As Mark Zuckerberg’s skeletons keep emerging from the closet, will it alienate users? Will they feel like Zuck and Facebook the company have misrepresented themselves? For a company that is constantly saying “Trust us!” in regards to user data, its leaders keep coming off as shady.

Worse for revenue, will the festering negative sentiment against Facebook make major advertisers think twice about large marketing campaigns? Especially when a revamped Twitter is looking quite appetizing….

So many questions and, even though Internet lifecycles travel at warp speed, the answers seem so far away. “The Social Network” is opening the New York Film Festival next week and appears in theaters nationwide on Oct. 1.

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  1. Yes you did sign a contract zuckerberg In a email zuckerberg called paul ceglia a dum fuck sucker in 2003 i posted a copy to the crimsin post and the rumour spread that zuckerberg sign the contract
    Zuckerberg stole the idea facebook this is the reason zuckerberg sign the contract to stop dave who was in contact with ceglia
    zuckerberg undercut dave to steal the idea and for the money and your accomplice in this was dustin and no zuckerberg i did not say you can have facebook you thief and dave posted a copy of the emails to ben mezrick and to david kirkpatrjck
    as for kirkpatrick your book is a joke and so are you

    zuckerberg sign the contract and winklevoss will have to pay all that money back and you to aaron greenspan
    dave went to Aaron Greenspan who was running house systems at Harvard and asked him (under an email non disclosure agreement) to run Facebook on his site which he agreed to do. aaron greenspan used the (info) to extort financal money out of facebook and zuckerberg paid the extortion money and dave call it extortion U see zuckerberg new aaron greenspan new zuck had stolen the idea facebook .I sent all the emails copy to aaron greenspan
    And paul ceglia now the full truth about how zuckerberg stole facebook

  2. dave started conversing with Dustin and Chris about an idea of mine called Facebook for an online service where students can post pictures and information on themselves and use it as a directory. They were very intrigued by my idea and wanted to know more.
    dave told them that in the beginning, it would be an online service just for Harvard students, and then spreading through the other campuses in America, joining them up together. The idea was to make it easy for people to connect with other university students so they could get an idea of what other campuses were like, and even eventually spreading through the general public, giving them an idea of what was offered at the different campuses.
    Dustin and Chris were very intrigued with my idea and said they wanted to be on board.
    dave talked extensively about my ideas of Facebook and went into great detail of how to get it set up and started. They queried about the finance of setting it up and I told them I was in contact with Tony Robbins, who was interested by the idea and we were having discussions regarding his financial backing of the project
    dave made contact with paul ceglia and was in discussion about a platform for the idea the facebook but zuckerberg found out and the cat and mouse game was on zuckerberg under cut dave but dave was not upset about this because if zuckerberg was going steal this it was going to bite back and yes payback is a bitch LOL

    dave kept in touch with Dustin and Chris and told them that I suspected what was going on.
    dave then found another contact at Harvard, called Eduardo Saverin and invited him to join me in developing my idea, and also to find out what was going on between Dustin, Chris and Mark, who were room mates. Eduardo was the odd person out.
    dave started to receive more emails from (supposedly) Mark, Dustin and Chris saying they were no longer interested in my project and said they had other ideas to pursue, which was untrue (as it has turned out

    Another interesting person dave made contact with was Sean Parker.
    At the time, he was running an online site called Napstar, and he was also working on another site called Wired Hog (where one could upload or download stuff and he had a copyrighted program to be able to do all this) and this is why I also invited him to join my project, as he had the program we needed.
    Sean wanted 55% ownership of the project for his input so dave told him this was unacceptable and then he turned round and told Mark Zuckerberg had made him a better offer. dave told him that Mark did not own the idea of Facebook.
    He then got smart and asked me if dave knew what emails were and whether I could produce any evidence. dave took this as an attempt to see whether I could prove everything that took place and for him to use this as a weapon to see if he could gouge out as much interest in Facebook as he could, and he tried to play me off against Zuckerberg to get the maximum holdings of Facebook. I received an email from Parker saying that Zuckerberg had offered him 5% and was I interested in offering him more. At this point, I told him to **** off and that Facebook was not Zuckerberg’s idea.
    dave then told Dustin and Chris that dave was no longer interested in pursuing developing the site with them and dave would go elsewhere to do it.
    dave found a site at Harvard called Harvard Connect (later, in 2004 changed to Harvard Connect To You) run by Cameron and Taylor Winklevoss, and dave explained everything about Facebook and the dealings with Zuckerberg, Dustin and Chris and how dave believed that Zuckerberg was in the process of stealing david idea, and Idave asked if the Winklevosses were interested in running Facebook on the Harvard site.
    They expressed enthusiasm in the offer and liked the idea of running the site as they liked the concept of Facebook.
    They told me that they were going to change their site name and redesign it at that time (to Harvard Connect To You).
    The person they called in to help them redesign their site was Mark Zuckerberg who then stole their platform

    U see zuckerberg got this guy to recommend him to the winklevoss and zuck stole the platform but not the idea zuck had stolen the idea from dave zuckerberg was not interested in facebook when he agreed to the contract with ceglia only the money it was the same when zuck spent eduardo saverin money and spat in his face your best friend

    Yes you did sign a contract zuckerberg In a email zuckerberg called paul ceglia a dum fuck sucker in 2003 i posted a copy to the crimsin post and the rumour spread that zuckerberg sign the contract so thank you for that

    dave then went to Aaron Greenspan who was running house systems at Harvard and asked him (under an email non disclosure agreement) to run Facebook on his site which he agreed to do. aaron greenspan used the (info) to extort financal money out of facebook and zuckerberg paid the extortion money and dave call it extortion U see zuckerberg new aaron greenspan new zuck had stolen the idea facebook .I sent all the emails copy to aaron greenspan

    David Kirkpatrick, (who is the author of the upcoming book ‘the Facebook Effect) -dave
    made contact and sent him copies of the relevant emails and gave him the full story of how Zuckerberg stole Facebook YES MADOFF IS VERY PROUD of you kirkpatrick (slap)

    And the people who concealed the truth are zuck dustin moskovilz sean parker and lisa simpson of the law form orrick
    U see there was a vid where zuckerberg said that dave gave him the idea facebook there were 2 disc one with a reporter and one to the FBI
    lisa simpson got a cout order to get the 2 discs but on returning the disc had defile the sound of the disc to cover up that zucerberg had stolen the idea facebook

    THE FBI .there was a FAKE CONNECT 2U account filled with FAKE information I log a complaint to the FBI in 2004 on mark zucerberg the fbi got sent all the email i had to mark dustin &cris.. and to the crimsin post i sent a copy to them and the rumour started
    Yes you did sign a contract zuckerberg In a email zuckerberg called paul ceglia a dum fuck sucker in 2003 i posted a copy to the crimsin post and the rumour spread that zuckerberg sign the contract
    Zuckerberg stole the idea facebook this is the reason zuckerberg sign the contract to stop dave who was in contact with ceglia
    zuckerberg undercut dave to steal the idea and for the money and your accomplice in this was dustin and no zuckerberg i did not say you can have facebook you thief and dave posted a copy of the emails to ben mezrick and to david kirkpatrjck
    as for kirkpatrick your book is a joke and so are you

    zuckerberg sign the contract and winklevoss will have to pay all that money back and you to aaron greenspan
    dave went to Aaron Greenspan who was running house systems at Harvard and asked him (under an email non disclosure agreement) to run Facebook on his site which he agreed to do. aaron greenspan used the (info) to extort financal money out of facebook and zuckerberg paid the extortion money and dave call it extortion U see zuckerberg new aaron greenspan new zuck had stolen the idea facebook .I sent all the emails copy to aaron greenspan
    And paul ceglia new the full truth about how zuckerberg stole facebook

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