The big buzz in social networking last week was that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has finally joined LinkedIn (as an interesting aside, he was previously the most searched-for name on LinkedIn). This seems especially surprising since Microsoft made a substantial investment in Facebook last year.
It all started with a report last month in British tabloid The Sun, which led with this blurb:
Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has had to delete his Facebook account after being hassled by thousands of fans.
According to the report, Gates was spending half an hour a day on Facebook, “but he signed off after getting more than 8,000 friend requests a DAY, and spotted weird fan sites about him.”
Chalk one up for so-called “open networking”! It doesn’t scale, and it doesn’t work for people who have better things to do with their time than spend all day on social networking sites. According to CNN, one of the reasons he agreed to try LinkedIn was that it “offers privacy controls that will enable Gates to block requests to connect with him on the network.” Gates currently only has 4 connections on the site.
Last week, though, Gates decided to give social networking another try… at LinkedIn. Check out his profile, where you’ll learn, among other things, that he enjoys tennis and bridge.
What prompted this apparent change of heart?
How can we do more to encourage young people to pursue careers in science and technology?
The question is still open, so it’s not too late to add your answer.
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