At CGPR we pay a lot of attention to social media. I mean, youâre reading this as part of a blog, arenât you? Whenever we see an article about Facebook or Twitter in any of the newspapers, we e-mail it around. Itâs one of the few places to work where you get yelled at if youâre not on Facebook or Twitter for several hours of the day. And for good reason â social media has revolutionized PR in ways weâve only begun to understand.
So imagine our excitement when we came across a trailer for a movie called The Social Network, a movie coming out this fall about Facebookâs tumultuous founding. The tagline for the movie is You donât get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies. (An interesting tagline to read today, as the statistic that Facebook has 500 million users was in all the papers. Apparently, if Facebook users comprised a country the United Democratic Republic of Facebook would be the third largest in the world.) The upcoming movie is based on a book called The Accidental Billionaires; The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal. Good God. Is this a story about Facebook, or is it an especially tense episode of All My Children?
All soapiness aside (and the trailer, despite a really trippy and dare I say moving beginning, does seem a little over dramatic. Are they trying too hard to make something out of nothing?) Iâm really excited to see this movie. Finally, in a year thatâs given us remakes of Karate Kid and the A-Team, here is a movie truly for 2010, not 1985.