If you had 10,000 friend requests, would you quit Facebook?
I ask, if you had too many friend requests on Facebook – say around 10,000 – would you quit Facebook? Bill Gates did.
Yes, you know who Bill Gates is – the co-founder of Microsoft and consistently one of the wealthiest people in the world (even though Apple makes incredible, genius, revolutionary, beautiful computers, I have huge respect Gates).
Gates apparently said he “tried out Facebook” but ended up with “10,000 people wanting to be my friends”. Is that a big shocker? He explained that he had trouble figuring out whether he “knew this person, did I not know this person” and that “It was just way too much trouble so I gave it up”. Wow!
But why is it a big deal that he quit? Well, I think it’s kind of odd that someone who was such a key factor in everyday computers and the Internet couldn’t just figure out how to use Facebook. While explaining this to an audience, Gates also revealsed that he’s “not that big at text messaging” and that he’s “not a 24-hour-a-day tech person”. How can Bill Gates even say this? He’s the one that, after all, had the vision of having a computer on every desk and in every home!
Why else is it kind of a big deal? If you didn’t know, Microsoft owns a share of Facebook! Does that not seem like negative PR for Facebook? Who knows. I’m not leaving Facebook anytime soon, that’s for sure.
I have incredible respect for Gates, especially after giving up his daily role at Microsoft to devote his life to charity work through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The reason he was in India (where he made his Facebook statement) was to receive the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development. Go Gates!
To see a hillarious mock-up version of what Gate’s Facebook profile would look like, visit this article on Mashable.com.