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Bill Gates Tries Facebook, Quits Facebook

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 38 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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    dman3k , July 27, 2009 8:31 PM
    I wish I could quit Facebook...
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    nukemaster , July 27, 2009 8:52 PM
    Maybe Bill had things to do in the real world rather then become friends with as many people as he could, all people he will most likely never meet for REAL.

    He can use MSN to talk to his friends anyway :p 

    Personally I find internet social networking kind of pointless with anyone who I do not know in person.
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    vherub , July 27, 2009 8:43 PM
    maybe he's big into 4chan
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    jacobdrj , July 27, 2009 8:29 PM
    Aw. Too bad.
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    dman3k , July 27, 2009 8:31 PM
    I wish I could quit Facebook...
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    megamanx00 , July 27, 2009 8:32 PM
    Operating System Nerd != Social Nerd
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    Sicundercover , July 27, 2009 8:37 PM
    Understandable considering that alot of people either love or hate the guy. Im sure it would be pretty annoying getting 10000 posts on your wall every day and having nonstop mad ramblings from MAC fanboys.

    I think Bill would be more suited for Twitter. Well only if he actually Tweeted.
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    vherub , July 27, 2009 8:43 PM
    maybe he's big into 4chan
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    tipoo , July 27, 2009 8:44 PM
    Same reason i quit.
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    nukemaster , July 27, 2009 8:52 PM
    Maybe Bill had things to do in the real world rather then become friends with as many people as he could, all people he will most likely never meet for REAL.

    He can use MSN to talk to his friends anyway :p 

    Personally I find internet social networking kind of pointless with anyone who I do not know in person.
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    igot1forya , July 27, 2009 8:53 PM
    Bill should make his own social networking site then, one that links friends better than Facebook. I use Facebook to play Pirates and Mafia Wars... it's like crack!
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    matchboxmatt , July 27, 2009 9:00 PM
    Amen to that.
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    kezix_69 , July 27, 2009 9:12 PM
    He should use a fake name that only his real friends know. He's probably smart enough to have done that but I doubt he'll share that info?
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    squatchman , July 27, 2009 9:16 PM
    kezix_69He should use a fake name that only his real friends know. He's probably smart enough to have done that but I doubt he'll share that info?


    I think you may have missed the original point of facebook.
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    tenor77 , July 27, 2009 9:33 PM
    It's okay Bill, I don't blame you.
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    IzzyCraft , July 27, 2009 9:41 PM
    O, SNAP. Although 10k friends in your inbox will do that to you.
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    redgarl , July 27, 2009 9:45 PM
    Facebook is more a professional tool for job contacts and... finding new peoples to... anyway...
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    warezme , July 27, 2009 9:48 PM
    HA!, funny I did the same thing..., not that I was inundated by 10,000 friends or anything but I just couldn't see devoting so much time on any social network and I rarely text to.
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    matchboxmatt , July 27, 2009 10:38 PM
    Anyone ever notice how they have hundreds of friends they don't even know on Facebook?

    It took me about an hour just to file through and delete them.
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    grieve , July 27, 2009 10:47 PM
    Ive got about 210'ish.... Most are old school mates or friends from previous jobs.

    My actual "friend" count is like 10 LOL.

    PS.. I never invited Bill to be my frien
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    rooket , July 27, 2009 11:21 PM
    Isn't this old news from last week?
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    matt87_50 , July 28, 2009 12:02 AM
    "web2.0" is technology in the same way that fuzzy dice are an integral automotive component.
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    azxcvbnm321 , July 28, 2009 12:09 AM
    Facebook isn't for your friends. Your real friends know what you're doing already, they can contact you when they want to. Your "fake" friends are the ones on facebook, the ones you never want to call you directly.

    Facebook is just an online advertisement of yourself. Look at all the cool things I'm doing. Look at how busy I am. Look at how cool I am. Don't you wish you could be my real friend?

    Your real friends know how fake that is. The "concert" you just went to was just a couple of guys playing in a coffeeshop and you left after 15 minutes so that you could get back to playing World of Warcraft. That "party" you went to was actually a LAN party, or worse, a console party where everyone takes turns playing Halo 3 against each other. You have a very ordinary, boring life.

    If your Facebook page was a real ad, you'd be sued for false advertising. Ad was deceiptive, implied he/she was doing a lot of stuff but all this person does is play computer games! I want my time back!

    Incredible how many people are doing so many cool things in their lives, I wonder how they even have time to eat or sleep when I see their facebook page. How are they able to keep up with their hundreds of friends. Uh, they can't. Those are just Facebook friends, they could pass each other in the street without recognizing one another.

    Where are the Facebook pages with real people with only a few friends? And entries like, "I played World of Warcraft yesterday. Went to sleep, then played computer games when I woke up. Repeat for week"? Come on let's get real here.
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