Boat Race twins put Facebook/ConnectU legal action on hold to battle for Oxford
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 03/04/2010 22:44
If you are reading this online, there will be a little logo in the top right-hand corner of the screen, a white letter "f" on a blue background that links guardian.co.uk to Facebook. If life had worked out alittle differently for Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, that logo would not be there. There would be a small "CU" in its place instead. If life had worked out a little differently, they would, at the age of 28, both be billionaires already.
In 2002 the Winklevoss twins, who compete for Oxford in the Boat Race today, were studying at Harvard when they had the bright idea of starting up a social networking site for students. It would, in Cameron's words, "incorporate a quality-control aspect to create a private, safe, environment in which people could connect". In short, users could invite people to share their personal pages. Sound familiar?