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."