Talk of virtue and your readers will become bored. Hint of gossip and you will secure perfect attention - Walter Winchell
SEAN PARKER shed some light on his Facebook past during a Twitter spat with a journalist, claiming that he originally designed the social network.
The famed entrepreneur called out Inc. writer John McDermott for an article McDermott wrote calling the former Facebook president's investing record "a little spottier" than the average entrepreneur's. During the war of words Parker gave his side of the Facebook story.
"Zuckerberg created 'Thefacebook' but he was not technically/legally/conceptually any more a founder than me/Dustin/Eduardo," Parker tweeted at McDermott.
The Napster founder alluded to the fact that Zuckerberg created Facebook in conjunction with Parker, Eduardo Saverin and Dustin Moskovitz, who you might know better as the guys Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and Joseph Mazzello played in the movie The Social Network.
During the discussion Parker also brought to light the fact that he created the original Facebook design we've come to know and love.
"The product designs that I implemented at Facebook for photos, feed and share were originally designed by me in 2003/2004," said Parker.
"Where did they come from? I designed them for Friendster Inc. and they never managed to implement them."
Obviously Facebook's design has seen some overhaul since Parker's creation. The Spotify investor resigned from Facebook in 2005 and the company has seen quite a few changes in his absence.
Parker ended his twitter exchange with McDermott by reiterating the lack of need for glory in the entrepreneurial field.
"Being entrepreneurial is not about titles, credit or glory. It's about doing what it takes when nobody else believed in you," continued Parker.
Even if he was interested in such things as titles and glory, we're sure Parker wouldn't want to be a part of the downward spiral Facebook is facing. With the much-lauded IPO nosediving to shares valued under $20, we suspect that he's glad to no longer be the one making the decisions at Facebook. µ
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