Now that the book's out, how do you think the Facebook clan will respond?
Well, my proposal was leaked all over the Internet, and Facebook was not thrilled I was writing this book. They're terrified of a book they haven't read. The book isn't negative, and though crazy stuff did go on, these kids were sophomores in college. I wanna put that on the paperback: "I understand what your fears are, but I'm a huge fan of Facebook." There's no reason a book can't be fun as well as true.
Do you think Mark Zuckerberg will read the book and think it's accurate?
I would love to get Mark alone in his room, without the flacks and without the lawyers, where he'll actually laugh and say, "Yea, that's what happened." Mark as the head of a huge company? He's not going to react like a normal person—so I think their response is a normal reaction. In a way, I'm out there fighting the good fight for Facebook—it's a hotornot.com clone started by geeky guys trying to get laid.
You didn't talk to Zuckerberg for the book, though. Why do you think he passed on an interview?
I talked to the Facebook people all the time, and it was like Waiting for Godot: "He might talk to you, he might not," they would say. But I think it's about control in the end. At one point, I felt like I was very close—booking tickets to California—and Facebook was well aware to whom I was talking. Mark clamped down—but a lot of other people had a lot to say.