Tyler Winklevoss would hit the "like" button for "The Social Network."
Winklevoss and identical twin brother Cameron, who competed together in rowing at the 2008 Olympics, will see some of their side of the story to ownership disputes over Facebook in "The Social Network." The movie depicts the wildly popular website's origins.
The brothers and a friend have long said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea after they hired him to work on a website while they were all Harvard undergraduates.
"It's a generational movie, for sure," Winklevoss said by phone Thursday.
Winklevoss attended the premiere and has already seen the movie two other times. The film, directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, opens Friday and has earned rave reviews.
"It's certainly flattering and exciting that people of this caliber are telling our story, the story of the founding, on the big screen," Winklevoss said. "It's certainly really cool."
It's a story about the world's largest social networking site the twins wish didn't have to be told.
The brothers and Divya Narendra began to develop a social networking site for the Harvard community called Harvard Connection. In November 2003, the three asked Zuckerberg to complete software and database work on the site.
They repeatedly asked him to finish before they graduated in June 2004, and Zuckerberg assured them he was working hard to complete it, Winklevoss said.
The trio claim Zuckerberg quit working for them without notice and started Facebook in February 2004. Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard and took Facebook to Silicon Valley.
Winklevoss has been entangled in legal issues with Facebook and said a $65 million settlement is under appeal because the site misrepresented a stock price.
"There's no way in Mark's mind or anyone else's mind that he would be sitting in Silicon Valley today as the youngest billionaire in the world if the three of us had not approached him with our source code, our website and our idea," Winklevoss said. "He took it verbatim."
So, don't expect Winklevoss to extend a Facebook friend request to Zuckerberg.
It took time for Winklevoss to finally decide he even wanted to sign up for Facebook. He avoided it for years until his Olympic experiences made him want to connect with friends, teammates and family members around the globe.
Like 500 million other users, Winklevoss joined — and he's posted a trailer for the movie on his page.
"Of all the people who should be able to use this utility it should be us, because we originated it," he said. "It's fantastic. I wish I'd gotten on it earlier."
The Winklevoss twins competed in the men's pair in the 2008 Olympics in Beixiaoying Town, China, finishing sixth. The twins earned their MBAs at Oxford and are back in Princeton, N.J., training for the 2012 Olympics.
Winklevoss has been floored by all the media attention and feels the movie will start to get some of the truth out about Facebook's beginnings.
"I feel it tells a true story of two betrayals: one being myself, Cameron and Divya, and the other, of course, between Mark and his best friend," he said. "It does lay out three perspectives of what happened. It reflects very well the public record, the ample amount of public record, the documents, the legal proceedings.
"It is a nonfiction film."
Fincher used a touch of seamless digital trickery to film the actor who played the twins. Armie Hammer played Cameron and Tyler, but then used a body double, Josh Pence, to have another physical presence in the scene. Hammer's face was later digitally added to Pence's body to create the illusion of identical twins.
"I know the story behind it, but I find myself forgetting at times because it looks so accurate," Winklevoss said. "People are just shocked every time they learn that fact."
The twins and both actors hit it off when they finally met after filming. Winklevoss also was impressed with the rowing scenes filmed at the Henley Royal Regatta.
"They really did work hard to get this thing right and believable," Winklevoss said.
AP Movie Critic Christy Lemire gave the R-rated movie four stars out of four.
"Aaron Sorkin really went out of his way to have multiple perspectives, so you walk away hearing from all sides but not knowing for sure who created Facebook," she said. "He jumps back and forth in time between the depositions in these two lawsuits against Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of Facebook itself. The whole point is to inspire debate afterward and leave it up to the viewer to decide what happened."
Winklevoss says he knows the truth and doesn't hesitate to describe himself as a scholar, Olympian and, yes, creator of Facebook.
"Yeah, absolutely," he said "We allege that anything that Mark did with regards to social networking is owned by the partnership."