Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mark Zuckerberg, I take back what I said about you... (but do I still feel the same about facebook 7 years later?)



It all began in mid-2005 when the 24-year-old son of an old friend returned from a week's holiday at my place and invited me as his Facebook friend. I like Dave Herzenberg so I signed up. Soon after that I received almost daily friend requests and after a while it became a serious annoyance. I was tempted to delete my account more than once.

Then I read somewhere that Yahoo! had offered you $1.7 billion for Facebook - and that you had turned them down! That got me really mad, Mark. First of all how could a nerd come up with just another variation of the networking site and attract so much interest in such a short time that he'd be technically a billionaire? Guys like me have been plodding on for decades, dreaming of that elusive Big Break... and here comes a kid on rollerblades whizzing out of nowhere with a nothing idea and... anyway, how dare you turn your nose up at 1.7 billion bucks?

I got even madder when friends kept asking me to add all sorts of apps - just so they could poke me and turn me into a zombie (yeah, that's what I've always wanted). But why didn't I just delete my Facebook account and breathe a huge sigh of relief?

Well, the sad truth is: I couldn't! I was secretly having too much fun flirting with the women and bonding with the men. Then amazing things began to happen: long-lost friends spontaneously appeared in my Facebook inbox; people I had long wanted to meet suddenly added me as a friend!

Damn... I knew then that whatever Mark Zuckerberg's original intentions were, he had created a monster beyond anyone's control. Nobody can predict what will happen when family and friends begin to merge on Facebook (up till now they've always been separate worlds). But I've got my buddies and my two daughters and their mother, as well as my sister and one brother, on my Facebook friends' list - and that alone is a phenomenon. Distant nieces and nephews have added me as their friend... people who bumped into me eight, nine years ago at a party have added me as a friend. It's a weird unpredictable journey into a dimension of universal connectivity one could only dream about even 10 years ago.

There are detractors who warn about having so much personal data on Facebook's servers - and then there are all these auxiliary app developers and their servers. What if the secret government is behind Facebook?

Well, fuck the secret government! We have nothing to hide. It's them that have been in hiding all these aeons. I haven't a clue where this will eventually lead, Mark, but I just wanted to tell you one thing: Facebook is pretty much a sign of the Aquarian times and you deserve to be fabulously rich because your simple idea is enabling a level of planetary connectivity that merges work and play across the board. That, ultimately, has got to be a very positive and wholesome evolutionary factor.

So, hey... thanks, buddy!

[From a facebook message to Mark Zuckerberg sent 20 Oct 2007 at 6:54pm. First posted 16 February 2012]



6 comments:

Anonymous said...

A sign of the Aquarian times? I dont think so my dear friend; i guess, noone will be forced to anything in the Aquarian times. But Facebook is forcing now for upgrade to Timeline, for example me; i didnt sign up for it, but mandatory they put on my page. I dont like that style, it is too much eyes tiring and, i get my things on my page lost now. Hunderts of writings, videos, pictures. Just lost... That's why my opinion about Zuckerberg is now, that he is an asshole, because, he missused the connections between families, friends, he has knew that people had to continue, this means he misused the love between people. And the people are now in his hands. This is the human level of Zuckerberg. I want to listen your new opinion after you get your Timeline on your page dear Antares.
ANK

Celulares Nokia said...

I dont like that style, it is too much eyes tiring and, i get my things on my page lost now. Hunderts of writings, videos, pictures. Just lost... That's why my opinion about Zuckerberg is now, that he is an asshole

Antares said...

@ANK - There are MANY things about facebook I detest, just as there are many quirks in some people I put up with because I value them as friends. The fact that Homeland Security has its own page on FB is actually quite amusing. Soon we will see Mossad, MI6, the CIA and Opus Dei operate their own FB pages. Facebook will become so rich it will have gigantic server farms installed in every star system and if the Earth gets destroyed by radioactive toxins, no worries... we will all live on in the Facebook Universe!

I know where you're coming from, Ank. You enjoy being disagreeable. That's how Duality began, remember? In my case, I realized FB was going to impose the Timeline on us and opted to try the new page format. We get used to new decorations very quickly. So long as my photo albums are intact, all the other stuff is just stuff, like last year's newspapers.

In any case, I have many friends who refuse to use FB. Why don't you delete your account?

Anonymous said...

Why i dont delete my account is already answered above dear Antares: Because there are my friends, family.
All people are in this situation makes Facebook successfully.
But now FORCING for the new design: Timeline.
FORCING.
One more:
There is forcing.
Should i leave an alive communication with friends, family because some people force me for something?
Maybe yes.
Or maybe there is another way.
Have a nice day dear Antares.

SFGEMS said...

You wrote, "It's a weird unpredictable journey into a dimension of universal connectivity one could only dream about even 10 years ago."

I read it as "... one could only dream about in a dream".

Then I saw what you actually wrote.

Strange!

Cue: Twilight zone music!

SFGEMS said...

Is it even possible to dream that you are dreaming?