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July 27, 2009

IF YOU DON'T LIKE FACEBOOK, YOU CAN BE FRIENDS WITH BILL GATES

AFP - Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said he was forced to give up on the social networking phenomenon Facebook after too many people wanted to be his friend.

Gates, the billionaire computer geek-turned-philanthropist who was honoured Saturday by India for his charity work, told an audience in New Delhi he had tried out Facebook but ended up with "10,000 people wanting to be my friends".

Gates, who remains Microsoft chairman, said he had trouble figuring out whether he "knew this person, did I not know this person".

"It was just way too much trouble so I gave it up," Gates told the business forum. . .

Gates also confided to the audience that he was "not that big at text messaging" and that "I'm not a 24-hour-a-day tech person".

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for him. Facebook is a way to for people to feel like a celebrity without having true, deep , meaningful in person encounters which are more challenging. Though I am sure Facebook can be fun and connect people, it can overtake people's lives to the point they think more about doing facebook then going out and making meaningful memories.

August 3, 2009 9:17 PM  

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