The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World by David Kirkpatrick is an inside look at the story of the creation of Facebook, it’s founders and the trials that they went through to become one of the world’s fastest growing businesses.
From the inception of the idea of ‘The Facebook’ in a dorm room at Harvard and the hard work involved by 19 year old creator Mark Zuckerburg to the explosive growth and expansion into a worldwide phenomenon, Kirkpatrick catalogs each step of the long road to the website’s success.
The beginnings of Facebook have been a bit of a mystery with the ‘fact-based’ movie coming out and portraying things in one light versus the media’s attention on the players involved. Kirkpatrick does an excellent job of interviewing both current and past employees in order to depict what seems to be an honest version of Facebook’s story.
The candid portrayal of Zuckerburg and his philosophies go a long way in helping to understand the way that the company was built based on a vision, rather than solely on it’s ability to generate a profit, which has contributed to the success. The Facebook Effect also does not shy away from highlighting some of the mistakes that the company has made over it’s short history from personal relationships to bad business decisions, but honestly discusses them and Zuckerburg’s decisions on how to improve things.
For a non-fiction business story, Kirkpatrick does an excellent job of keeping the story moving and weaving in answers to everyone’s questions while portraying the major players in the company’s history in what seems to be an honest light.