Harvard alum Aaron Greenspan, a former friend of Mark Zuckerberg, has revealed a fresh peek behind the scenes of Facebook’s early days. Greenspan recently published on his blog, private message exchange between himself and Mark Zuckerberg from 2004 in an AOL Instant Messenger.
During their chat, Mark Zuckerberg tells his troubles with fellow classmates Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the twins who accused the Facebook co-founder of ripping off their social networking concept, ConnectU. The twins brought Zuckerberg to court and were awarded a $65 million settlement in 2008; they continued to appeal the settlement, stopping only at the Supreme Court in 2011, according to Reuters.
Here’s what the Zuck had to say about the Wiklevii bros, on IMs:
So why these messages just coming to light now? Well, according to Business Insider, Greenspan has been trying to prove for years how some of his own ideas were stolen by Zuckerberg. Greenspan also later tried to sue the studio that produced the “The Social Network,” a film dramatizing the founding of Facebook, for not including his side of the story.
“It turns out that my ‘Other folder’ contained some of the most important legal evidence regarding the origins of Facebook, Inc. that I had been trying to find for years, but without much success, it’s striking how different the context is between the way these conversations portray the beginning of Facebook, and how the opening scenes of The Social Network portray the beginning of Facebook.” Greenspan wrote on his blog.
This is not the first time the private messages of Mark Zuckerberg were made public. Earlier Paul Ceglia sued Facebook for partnership and the email conversation was used as evidence.
So do you think that the Social Networking God is really a cheater?