Status update -- Zuckerberg's nemesis in Galway
Published 17/08/2011 | 05:00
HE could be the inspiration for a prequel to 'The Social Network' but the man who claims part-ownership of Facebook is hiding in Ireland.
Paul Ceglia, a wood-pellet salesman from New York, came to international prominence last year when he launched a legal action claiming 84pc of Facebook. The figure has since been reduced to 50pc.
Recently, however, citing the unwanted attentions of his opponents' "hired guns", he has disappeared from public sight.
But he has now resurfaced in the west of Ireland.
"I am in Galway. I'd like to keep my exact location private for obvious reasons," he told the 'Galway Sentinel' yesterday, adding that he wished to track down his relative, Frank Keaveney.
"I came about two months ago. I've searched for my uncle every time I go to Tuam but I haven't had any luck finding him.
"We spent a lot of time together when I was a kid."
He explained that he was there for the last two months to "make sure Facebook's hired guns couldn't just continue to follow my every move."
Mr Ceglia's claims on the multibillion-dollar company surround a 2003 contract in which he offered Mark Zuckerberg $1,000 to work as a programmer on a project called 'Street Fax'.
He says, however, that the contract shows he also paid Mr Zuckerberg an additional $1,000 for a 50pc stake in a project entitled both 'The Face Book' and 'The Page Book'.
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for today, with Facebook rigorously denying the authenticity of his claims.