|In 2003, Harvard University student Mark Zuckerberg gets the idea to create a website called "Facemash" to rate the attractiveness of female Harvard undergraduates after his girlfriend Erica Albright breaks up with him. Hacking into the school's computer system, Mark downloads pictures and names, creating hundreds of pages that allow viewers to rank who's hotter of the two photos on that specific page.
|Mark is punished with six months of academic probation after the traffic to the site crashes parts of Harvard's network, and becomes vilified among most of Harvard's female community. However, the popularity of "FaceMash" and the fact that he created it in one night, while drunk, brings him to the attention of Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss, identical twins and members of Harvard's rowing team, and their business partner Divya Narendra. The three are looking for a programmer to help bring to life their idea for a Harvard-only dating site, "Harvard Connection". Mark agrees to help them.
|Soon afterwards, Mark approaches his friend Eduardo Saverin, who has recently been invited to pledge the Phoenix S-K final club. Mark has an idea for what he calls "Thefacebook", an online social networking tool exclusive to Harvard University students, where people can display personal information. Eduardo agrees to help Mark, providing a thousand dollars to help start the site. Mark and Eduardo eventually launch "Facebook", distributing the link to Eduardo's connections at the Phoenix S-K. The site quickly becomes popular throughout the student body.
|Through Eduardo's girlfriend, Eduardo and Mark arrange a meeting with Napster co-founder Sean Parker. Sean knows the ins and outs of Silicon Valley, knows the big fish investors, and more than anyone else Mark's age, knows what it's like to create something that changes what people do with their time on the internet. And once Sean becomes part of the "Facebook" team, Eduardo is pushed aside.
|Just who actually came up with the idea for the site is one of the questions put forth in The Social Network, and the film shows that the Winklevoss twins and Divya Narenda were left with basically no other option than to sue Mark over what they believed was their idea. Eduardo was also forced into turning to the legal system to get justice, recognition, and a share of the profits. But the film digs deeper than just who wants money for the creation of the now billion dollar company, asking questions that go unanswered because the filmmakers aren't privy to the inner workings of Mark Zuckerberg's brain. Did he borrow the idea from the wealthy, good-looking, Olympic rowing twins who had all-access passes to clubs Mark couldn't get into? And was part of the reason Mark left Eduardo behind because he felt resentment over Eduardo's admission to parties and clubs he was denied access to? The Social Network gives audiences a lot to think about packed into a surprisingly short, fast-paced two hours.
（China.org.cn Rebecca 译）