Bye-bye to the Winklevi: Olympians, pursuers of 'justice,' and utter fools

by Knowlton Thomas | Culture

Tyler Winklevoss is starting to remind me of Charlie Sheen: cool once upon a time, then a fool who's funny to watch from a distance, and eventually, a guy you can no longer stand.

We all know the story by now—Tyler and his twin brother Cameron felt that fellow Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea of ConnectU and turned it into Facebook. They sued, blah blah blah, got offered a settlement of $65 million. Should have taken it—they're already wealthy Olympic athletes, for crying out loud—but instead felt it an injustice, and decided to pursue more money on the basis that Facebook was worth more money than when the court battles has begun.

The obvious flaw here, of course, is that ConnectU never earned a penny and it's impossible to prove the twins could have ever turned ConnectU into something even remotely as successful as Facebook. The Winklevoss twins, or Winklevi as they are so amusingly called in The Social Network, are trying to draw blood from a stone. Yesterday, the court basically told them to shove off—that they should be happy to take the $65 million. And they should be. But they aren't. 

Quoth TechCrunch:

They are asking for a Petition For Rehearing En Banc, or a rehearing with 11 as opposed to three judges. Only an En Banc hearing or the Supreme Court can overturn a ruling by a Federal panel.

The Appeals Court only grants about 15-20 En Banc requests a year, out of thousands.

So, everyone (but them) knows that this isn't going to happen; they won't ever get more than their original settlement, which was already generous considering our little-developed their ConnectU seed was. Still, Tyler is Charlie-Sheening it, only except for "Winning" and "Tiger Blood," he's hashtagging . Tyler's Twitter, whose bio reads "pursuer of justice," is a mangled mix of succinct conversations with randoms and tweeting out various legal and historical documents tied to the case. Let it go, Ty.

All this time and money spent could have been put to much better things, one would think. But some people never learn.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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