If you’ve seen The Social Network, you peeked into the founding of Facebook (and commended Jesse Eisenberg for accurately acting like such a pretentious tech genius) and left feeling disdain for the Harvard drop-out behind it.
If you’ve logged onto Facebook sometime over the past week, you probably got “The New Profile” and begrudgingly forced yourself to get used to yet another new layout (after slamming Mr. Zuckerberg in a curse word-riddled status update).
And if you read headlines yesterday, you may have heard that Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg recently signed onto Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s initiative called the “Giving Pledge.” According to Mashable, Zuckerberg has now promised to give more than half of his wealth (in the BILLION DOLLAR RANGE) to charity, either during his lifetime or after his death.
Is this simply a publicity stunt to make us love him?
And doesn’t that just make us loathe him even more?
Absolutely not! Because we often forget that with only a bit of coding in college, Zuckerberg completely changed the world (yes, the WORLD), including how we now update and interact with each other and how businesses can tap into new markets with the “Like” button. Without him, we wouldn’t know what friends we have in common with our crushes. We wouldn’t be able to keep in touch with our long lost high school friends or see how bald and fat our ex boyfriends got. We wouldn’t get access to exclusive deals at our favorite stores, bonus clips from our favorite TV shows, and real time updates from our favorite celebs. We wouldn’t have been able to urgently demand apps on our Smartphones or Internet access from our televisions.
Plus, it’s pretty impossible to truthfully bash the guy based on what we know about him personally, since his most commonly quoted character is from a Hollywood movie that obviously overdramatized the hearsay it was based on.
Yet people, lots of people, still do.
Whether we actually like it or not, we use Facebook – some of us a little too much – and love or hate the changes, we’re not going to stop. So let’s stop with the angry rants against Mr. Zuckerberg and take a moment to reflect on what this 26-year-old nerdy boy has done for us. And what he’s going to be doing for so many others with the oodles of money his genius has brought him. The fact that he is one of the youngest billionaires in the world, and one who has made his fame and fortune by impacting the young adult generation – the most difficult age group to ever break through to – is already commendable. It is great to hear that the modern entrepreneur is aiming to do some good with his profits, so lay off Mark Zuckerberg!
Whatever changes he makes to Facebook and no matter how often he makes them, just remember what life was like before that site ever existed. And when your birthday rolls around and you get 247 “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” wall messages from your friends and the people you haven’t spoken to in 5 years, take a moment to appreciate the man who made that happen.