Movie Timeline of Interaction

Questions to how I reached certain conclusions that I didn't explain or cite in this post are welcome.

  • Key:
  • -- = event happens on the same day
  • [] = off-screen, referred to or implicit
  • + = dialogue interspersed between flashback/deposition scenes switching
  • date event = official dates that aren't necessarily explicit in movie canon

The ConnectU deposition spans only one day; Eduardo's deposition spans the course of two days. Neither of these three days coincide with one another, so they all took place on separate days.

Separation of days not supported by explicit canonical evidence is assumed/garnered from wardrobe switches, particularly Mark's.

Eduardo's depositions take place in Palo Alto. ("Sy and the others are getting a steak on University Avenue...") There are a lot of law firms around Palo Alto. Also, in the last scene Mark asks if anyone would mind if he stayed to use his computer for a bit, which I highly doubt he'd need to ask if he was in a conference room in the Facebook offices.
When the script cuts to the depositions (Eduardo's, Day 1), we get this description of the setting: The room is glass on two sides and through the windows we can see the behemoths of Silicon Valley--Oracle, SunMicrosystems, Google, etc.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003
7:30PM (Thirsty Scholar) Erica and Mark
-- approximately 7:40PM* when Mark leaves after Erica leaves him
8:10PM (Kirkland Suite) Mark
8:13PM Mark begins blogging
9:48PM "I need to do something to help me take my mind off her..." "So what if it's not even 10PM and it's a Tuesday night?" Billy Olson is in Mark's room
10:17PM Mark begins hacking [presumably spent the past 30 minutes registering the domain and getting it set up and such]
1:03AM hacks Eliot, Lowell, Adams, Quincy, Dunster, and Leverett [presumably spent the past 3 hours writing the script to hack and shit]
2:08AM Eduardo comes to the Kirkland suite, gives Mark the algorithm, they write it for Facemash
~4:00AM Facemash crashes the servers at Kirkland
~8:00AM Cox and campus security/systems tracks the source of Kirkland's crash to Mark's dorm

Wednesday, October 29, 2003
[Mark apologizes in the Crimson, ABHW, Fuerza Latina; the Crimson writes an article about Facemash which gets published for the 30th; the Crimson's new issues are daily]
"Twenty-two hundred hits?"
"Twenty-two thousand hits."
Thursday, October 30th, 2003
Dawn Cameron and Tyler are at crew practice
Morning Divya, Cameron, and Tyler are getting breakfast, Divya shows the Winklevoss brothers the Crimson article about Mark choking the switch at Kirkland
"Tyler spelled the usual way, and my last name is the same as my brother's."
Still Thursday, October 30th, 2003
Day Mark's ad board meeting
--"How do you do this thing where you manage to get all girls to hate us?"

Friday, October 31st, 2003
Day Mark gets the "u dick" note
-- the Winklevosses ask to talk to him
-- Mark and the Winklevosses discuss HarvardConnection in the Porcellian bike room
"That’s what you said?"
+ "Do you remember answering in the affirmative?"
+ "I'm currently in the middle of two different lawsuits."

"When did you come to Eduardo?"
+ "When did you come to Eduardo with the idea for Facebook?"
+ "The Jewish Fraternity. It was..."

November 8th, 9th, or 10th 2003
[Saturday, Sunday, or Monday]
Evening Caribbean Night; "I got punched by the Phoenix."
-- "It'll be like a final club, except we're the president."
-- "Maybe it was a diversity thing. But so what?"

... "It would be exclusive."
+ "I told him it sounded great. It was a great idea. There was nothing to hack."
+ "Did he offer terms?"
+ "I said, let's do it."
+ "Ma’am, I know you’ve done your homework and so you know that money isn’t a big part of my life, but at the moment I could buy Mount Auburn Street, take the Phoenix Club and turn it into my ping pong room."

Eduardo is interrogated as a witness for the ConnectU depositions.
"... It really didn’t have much to do with the Winklevoss’s dating site--"
Sunday, November 30th, 2003
Mark replies to the Winklevosses' first email

~~ Mark writes on the whiteboard, "MySpace, "Friendster", "NewCo"; wearing a button-down
~~ Evening Mark is coding; dart in his mouth

Monday, December 1st, 2003
Mark replies to another Winklevoss email

~~ Eduardo goes to his first Phoenix punch party; drinking Jack Daniels
~~ Mark is coding during Art History

Tuesday, December 9th, 2003 Harvard finals week begins

Wednesday, December 10th, 2003
Mark schedules to postpone another meeting with the Winklevosses; Cameron says that Divya should tell Mark that they should meet up before they go for break

~~ Eduardo is on the phone in his dorm (a single), makes the second cut for the Phoenix
-- Eduardo goes to Mark's dorm, Mark says that thefacebook needs another Linux box; Eduardo tells him that he made that second cut

Monday, December 15th, 2003
Mark replies to another one of the Winklevosses's emails, schedules for Wednesday

Tuesday, December 16th, 2003 [presumably]
Mark replies to the Winklevosses, cancels Wednesday

~~ Evening Eduardo gets hazed by the Phoenix in front of the not!John Harvard statue

Friday, December 19th, 2003 Harvard Finals week ends
Saturday, December 20, 2003 Harvard winter recess begins; Mark meets up with his parents
Sunday, January 4, 2004 Harvard winter recess ends

Sunday, January 11, 2004
Day Mark registers on NetworkSolutions
Gage cites the following emails...
To Eduardo's knowledge, Mark has not begun to work on HarvardConnection
Mark sends Cameron an email saying that he's skeptical of HarvardConnection being a functional and popular site.
"You know you really don’t need a forensics team to get to the bottom of this. If you guys were the inventors of Facebook you’d have invented Facebook."
(Eduardo has gotten up to get water.)
Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Morning, past 9AM Dustin comes to Mark in Dworkin about Stephanie Attis in Mark's art history class
-- Mark runs to the Kirkland dorm; Eduardo is sitting outside, waiting; on the whiteboard says "E.S. 9! you asshole"
-- Mark adds Relationship Status
-- Facebook is launched, gets 650 members

Thursday, February 5, 2004
Evening, past 9PM******* Divya is watching a Krokodileos performance when his girlfriend gets an email for thefacebook
-- Divya tells the Winklevosses who are practicing rowing
-- The Winklevosses and Divya are calling the Winklevoss's in-house council, the Kirkland housemaster, and also investigating thefacebook

By February 18, 2004 "Facebook me" has become a common expression on Harvard campus.
"I went to my friend for the money because that’s who I wanted to be partners with. Eduardo was the president of the Harvard Investors Association and he was my best friend."
(Eduardo has left the room.)
"Your best friend is suing you for 600-million dollars."
"I didn’t know that, tell me more."

"Gretchen, they're best friends."
"Not anymore."

"Mark was the biggest thing on a campus that included 19 Nobel Laureates, 15 Pulitzer Prize winners, two future Olympians and a movie star."
Saturday, February 14, 2004 OR Thursday, February 26, 2004
Evening Bill Gates lecture
-- Mark and Eduardo go back to Kirkland; Eduardo wants to put advertising for revenue; Eduardo finds the Winklevosses' cease and desist letter

12:45PM "Did I adequately answer your condescending question?"
-- Break for lunch; presumably come back at 2:30PM; this is the last scene of the ConnectU lawsuit
Same night Mark and Eduardo go out for drinks with Christy and Alice; joined bathroom stall wall blowjobs
-- Mark tries to talk to Erica
-- Mark recruits Chris and Dustin; begins to expand thefacebook
-- Eduardo suggests Palo Alto
"I don't hate anybody."
Divya gets word that thefacebook is expanding, but not via the Crimson; news of thefacebook's expansion will be in the Crimson tomorrow

~Saturday, February 28, 2004 OR Thursday, March 11, 2004
Morning Sean Parker learns about thefacebook by Amy Ritter, in Stanford - "Stanford's had it for like, two weeks now?"

ON (APPROXIMATELY) THE SAME DAY, or February 19th, 2004**
Day Cameron and Tyler have a disastrous meeting with Larry Summers. - "He hasn't been answering our phone calls for two weeks."

Friday, March 19th, 2004 Eduardo's 21st birthday
Saturday, March 20th, 2004 Harvard spring break begins

Mark and Eduardo go on a number of ad exec meetings set up by Eduardo.

~~Mark and Eduardo go to a meeting with Sean Parker set up by Christy.
    -- "That's gotta be some kind of land speed record for talking."

Sunday, March 28th, 2004 Harvard spring break ends
"I wish he'd been asleep."
+ "There was one more meeting set up for the New York trip."
+ "I honestly wasn't jealous. I was nervous."
+ "From that point on, it was a Sean-a-thon."
+ "And then he went on to his second business venture, which was an online rolodex that he got thrown out of by Case Equity."
+ "I’m not a psychiatrist, but--"
+ "And delusional."
+ "And then he got around to theFacebook."
+ "A billion dollars."
+ "He owned Mark after that dinner."
Tuesday, April 13th, 2004

FB is registered in Florida; shares are split 65/30/5 over M/E/D

Between March 28th, 2004 (or April 13th, 2004******)
and May 22nd, 2004

[Eduardo gets into the Phoenix
-- has to keep a chicken alive for a week
-- during that week, Eduardo feeds his chicken chicken in the Kirkland dining hall
-- shortly thereafter an article in the Crimson about it is published]

Day (same week) "It's better to be accused of necrophilia."
-- Mark is cheating on his "Postwar and Contemporary Art" essay, because he has a final exam for it coming up
-- Mark has already decided to go to California from the summer, has found a house 2 blocks away from Stanford campus
"You were accused of animal cruelty."
+ Eduardo deposes the chicken scene
+ "Oops."

~~ Eduardo sets up a bank account in Palo Alto and puts $18,000 in it********

~10:00PM Mark is hosting a hackathon where he is "interviewing" interns to come out to Palo Alto
"I'm just checking your math on that."
Thursday, May 13th, 2004 Harvard finals week begins
Friday, May 14th, 2004 - Mark's 20th birthday
Saturday, May 22nd, 2004 Harvard finals week ends

May-June 2004
-- Eduardo quits on his first day of his internship; during a phone call with Mark, he tells him
-- Zipline; Mark is in basketball shorts; chimney collapses; Sean and Mark coincidentally run into each other; we are told that Eduardo has an internship in New York (factually, yes, with the Lehman Brothers)
    -- Same evening***; Mark and Sean go to a club, Sean promises to get FB overseas; Mark says that Sean should stay in their house in Palo Alto]

June-July 2004
Facebook expands to Oxford and Cambridge in the UK (this is not rl accurate, it expanded to the UK much later irl)

Sunday, July 4th, 2004
The Harvard Crew Club loses against the Dutch Roeing club at the Henley Royal Regatta; Cameron gives the go-to for ConnectU to sue Facebook


[Mark goes on a 36-hour coding tear and then takes a nap "for a couple of hours.]
Eduardo visits Palo Alto, presumably for the first time during the length of the summer, due to being surprised at Sean's presence
    -- 2:30PM EST (approx) Eduardo leaves for JFK airport
    -- 4-5PM EST (approx) Flight scheduled for takeoff
    -- "Long wait at the tarmac on JFK;" can go from one to two hours, so presumably
    -- 6:30PM EST ... his flight actually taking off
    -- 12:30AM EST (9:30PM PST) Lands in SFO
    -- 1:30AM EST (10:30PM PST) "Long wait at the passenger loading/unloading zone" - disembarks properly
    -- 1:30AM-2:30AM EST (10:30PM-11:30PM PST) Eduardo waits at the airport for Mark
    -- 2:30AM EST (11:30PM PST) Eduardo takes a taxicab
    -- 3:00AM EST (12:00AM PST) Eduardo arrives at the Palo Alto house
        -- Hallway fight and whatnot

Morning (~8:00AM PST, as banks open at 8am) Eduardo freezes the account********
Morning (~9:30AM-10:00AM PST) Eduardo flies back to New York
Day (~11:00AM PST - 1:00PM PST; after Eduardo has left) Sean and Mark attend their meeting with Peter Thiel
-- Mark tries to cash Thiel's check, gets denied
-- Mark and Sean open another account for FB
Evening (~3:30PM-4:00PM PST; 6:30PM-7:00PM EST) Eduardo arrives in New York
Evening (~7:00PM-8:00PM EST) Eduardo gets back to his apartment, presumably passes out
Night (~10:00PM EST; ~7:00PM PST) Christy breaks into Eduardo's apartment; Mark calls Eduardo to yell at him for freezing the account

Day Eduardo flies back out to sign the papers that restructure Facebook as a corporation in Delaware
-- Mark had already told Eduardo that he wouldn't come back to school for at least a semester at this point
-- Mark tells Eduardo to come back for the millionth member party

August-November 2004
Morning Mark and Sean play a revenge stunt on Case Equity

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004 ConnectU (Winklevosses & Narendra) file a formal lawsuit against all main FB officers (Mark, Eduardo, Dustin, Chris, and Andrew)
Tuesday, September 7th, 2004 Harvard fall semester starts

Late November 2004
Mark emails Eduardo telling him to come out for the millionth member party

"I was your only friend. You had one friend."

November 25-28 Harvard Thanksgiving break
December 24th, 2004 - January 2nd, 2005 Harvard winter recess

25-28 November, 2004***** OR 30 December, 2004*****
Eduardo gets formally fired from Facebook / laptop smash

Eduardo deposes his dilution.

After-after party at Kappa Eta Sigma; Sean gets arrested for drug possession
-- Mark stayed in the offices for the evening
"You're not an asshole, Mark. You're just trying so hard to be."
-- Mark sends Erica Albright a friend request.

... & then extra for meta timeline reasons

Eduardo graduates magna cum laude from Harvard in a degree in economics.
Chris graduates magna cum laude from Harvard with a B.A. in history and literature.

Chris leaves Facebook to volunteer at Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.

Summer 2008
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss row for the men's US team in the Beijing Summer Olympics, placing sixth.

February 2008
ConnectU and Facebook reach a settlement agreement.

October 3, 2008
Dustin leaves Facebook for his own company.

January 2009
Mark and Eduardo's case is settled.

Eduardo moves to Singapore.

June 2009
The Accidental Billionaires is published.

October 2009
Principal filming of The Social Network begins.

May 2010
ConnectU files another lawsuit against Facebook on the basis of security fraud for the settlement stock (and it continues; see here.)

October 2010
The Social Network is released.

January 16, 2011
The Social Network wins "Best Motion Picture - Drama" at the Golden Globes.

February 27, 2011
The Social Network wins "Best Adapted Screenplay," "Best Original Score," and "Best Film Editing" at the Academy Awards.

June 2011
ConnectU puts its allegations against Facebook to rest.

* It takes ~40 minutes to walk from the Thirsty Scholar to Kirkland, so probably around ~30 minutes to jog there
** This would make no sense in terms of storytelling, however, since all of the flashbacks seem to be told in a linear fashion. The consideration for 19 February comes from Cameron saying that Mark hasn't answered their emails/texts "for the past two weeks" during the Summers meeting, ambiguous if this was since Facebook's launch (thus the 19th of this instance occurring) or some time afterward as an initial marker.
*** Script says 'CONTINUOUS', indicating the same day
**** Mark's discussing it may have been a pre/beta-function that he wanted to show Eduardo before it went live
***** Sean makes continuous references to Thanksgiving in this scene ("We're gonna walk up there like it's the Macy's parade!" "That's life in the NFL"); however, Facebook achieved one million members in real life on 30th December
****** I feel like this is more likely, as this date was cited right before the exposition of this scene.
******* "It's been live for over 36 hours." (If it was live for closer to 48 hours he wouldn't have been this specific, so.)
******** For this to be possible, Eduardo would have had to set up an account under a branch that he knew was close enough to both Palo Alto and Harvard; so he would both be able to set it up here and freeze it in Palo Alto. It's not to say that it's impossible for Eduardo to have closed the account in New England as well, but that would've required his flight to leave at the latest 7AM PST (to consider the bank's closing time and also in-scene it was relatively light out, so if it were to occur later in the day it would've been 2PM PST/5PM EST [to account for disembark and travel time]), which would then bump the Thiel meeting to be past 2PM PST, which is also not impossible. It would just be way more convenient for Eduardo to close the account in a common bank branch locally in Palo Alto.

• Harvard's Registrar Archive: 2003-2004, 2004-2005; present academic calendar (and present final week schedule) for reference of finals week patterns
• 2003 & 2004 calendars
The Social Network Screenplay
The Diaries of Facebook's Founder
November 2003 weather calendar ("it's 20 degrees out")
Dropout Gates Drops In To Talk
Launch of the Facebook Wall (September 1, 2004)
Lawsuit threatens to close Facebook
•'s Wayback Machine of Facebook's past layouts matches the one shown in the last scene where Mark sends Erica Albright a friend request matches the Facebook layout between April 13 and October 12 2007 [currently blocked by facebook's robots.txt, but I checked this a while ago]
• Weather source for Palo Alto in 2004 is currently unavailable :(