The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Today's book was suggested by Belvia - who I hope has a better grasp on what is popular than I do because it seems that I don't have my hand on the pulse of the reading public. Whenever I expect a book to get a really big response, it doesn't happen - and when I read a book thinking it won't be as popular, I get twice as many comments than I expected. I was talking about this with my sister earlier and she says that she thinks the problem is that I'm like an alcoholic when it comes to books, and therefore I have no sense of clarity about it. The seems like a plausible explanation - I do buy books like an addict let loose in a liquor store. And no matter how much I read I always want to read more. At the beginning of the year I expected to be thoroughly sick of reading by this point of the year - but I'm not. In fact, the exact opposite has happened, I'm starting to get upset that the year is going to be over in less than five months. And when I try to imagine what it will be like the first day that I wake up and don't have to read a book, I start to feel uneasy about it. I am, however, looking forward to the first horrible book that I read next year. It's really twisted to look forward to reading a bad book - but I think it would be so fun to be on page 100 of a book, then realize that it's not going to get any better and be able to say No, I'm not going to finish this book. Lucky for me, I didn't have that I-can't-believe-I-actually-have-to-finish-this-crappy-book feeling with today's book.

Today's book, "The Accidental Billionaires is a compulsively readable story of innocence lost - and of the unusual creation of a company that has revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one another."

I wasn't crazy about the writing style of today's book, but I found the story behind Facebook interesting enough to make up for that (although there seems to be a bit of controversy over how much of the book is even true.)

When Belvia suggested today's book to me, I thought it would be the perfect book for me to read since I waste several hours a month (okay, a week) on Facebook. My latest obsession has been looking up my own name to see what the other Angela Wetzel's of the world look like. And just in case anyone ever feels the need to look up my name on Facebook, let me assure you that the Angela Wetzel who looks like she belongs in a porn movie is not me. I'm apparently going to have to carry the banner for the wholesome Angela Wetzels all on my own. When I looked up my name, a bunch of other Wetzels popped up as well, and I'm afraid to have to tell you that there are quite a few Wetzels in the world who are really bringing down the curve.

I also waste ridiculous amounts of time on Facebook checking to see if I look younger than other people my age. This is my newest hobby, which may or may not have anything to do with my impending 30th birthday. I could be just become really arrogant, but I do think I look younger than I am. All of those years of looking younger than I really am - being 23 and having a flight attendant say, "I'm sorry, but you have to be at least fifteen to sit in that Emergency Exit seat," and then at 25 having some stranger in a parking lot say, "I bet you're excited about having your license now" - is finally paying off. I finally got something good out of looking like Gidget well into my 20s. And, the snotty girl in high school who used to always laugh at me because I looked younger than her, still looks older than me too. Ha Ha - whose laughing now. Isn't technology amazing!!