“The Social Network” movie references domain name change from TheFacebook.com to Facebook.com

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If you haven’t seen “The Social Network” yet, you should check it out especially if you are part of the domain industry. 

In theaters now, the movie takes viewers through the early beginnings of Facebook. 

In one scene, Sean Parker who co-founded Napster and was played by Justin Timberlake in the film, advises Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin during their first dinner meeting to drop the word “the” in the company’s name and web address: TheFacebook.com.  

In late August 2005, Aboutface Corporation sold the domain name Facebook.com to Facebook for a reported $200,000. 

That might not seem like much given Facebook’s estimated valuation is in the billions, but back in 2005 who would’ve thought the company would be so big?