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Bill Gates Tries Facebook, Quits Facebook

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 2 comments

10,000 friend requests made Bill Gates give up on Facebook.

Even though he's no longer at the helm of Microsoft, most people of the world see Bill Gates as the man of technology. After all, it is the company that he founded that drives the majority of software technology on computers today.

Perhaps that is why it's amusing to learn that Bill Gates isn't all that Web 2.0, at least not when it comes to social networking. According to the AFP, Bill Gates told an audience in New Delhi, where he was receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, that he tried out Facebook but had to quit after he  had "10,000 people wanting to be my friends."

Gates said that that he had trouble figuring out of those 10,000 people which of them he actually knew.  "It was just way too much trouble so I gave it up," said Gates.

This is particularly interesting as in late October 2007, Microsoft invested $240 million into Facebook.

The Microsoft chairman also revealed that he wasn't a "24-hour-a-day tech person," and that he was "not that big at text messaging."

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    eriko , 28 July 2009 11:43
    I agree with him - I can't deal with social networking sites either. Way too much personal information out there for anybody to do with as they please.

    In addition, I don't much like living my entire life in a fish bowl either. Some things are better left unannounced / unsaid.

    Must someone really let all their friends know that they have been busy cleaning the house? I thought that was just part of everyone's life...

    This moaning could go on....
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    waxdart , 28 July 2009 16:38
    @ErikO - just reading tom's and drinking tea. :)