Mark Zuckerberg is taking one of his short trips to converse with the 99.9% on his 2015 goal. No, the most liked item will not be his personal challenge for the year, but he is responding to some of the benign suggestions.
Read a book per month, but let someone pick it? He really likes that idea. Pay off someone student loans every day / week? Cue the crickets.
Mark Zuckerberg is known for his yearly personal challenges. He has learned Mandarin, wore a tie to work every day (easy on the exertion) and writing a daily thank you note. With a pen. On paper. I know. That’s caveman shit right there.
He gives a bit of background on how this crowdsourcing idea came about. “At our last town hall Q&A, someone asked me what my challenge will be for the new year and I said I’d love ideas from our community. I have an idea of what my next challenge might be, but I’m open to more ideas before the new year officially begins.”
Some of the ideas are for features. One wants a phone call option inside Facebook, but Zuckerberg pointed out it exists in the Messenger app. I think the idea was for you not to have a dozen companion apps.
Undoubtedly this is a solid PR move for Facebook. Their CEO gets to look a bit human, and it isn’t the giant mess that happens when Fox News decides it wants to invent a hashtag.
And before your devious mind starts working and you think the most liked idea wins, sorry. It doesn’t work like that. Control yourselves 4Chan and Reddit. Your time will come, but Zuckerberg and Facebook will be ignoring the outlandish ones. That doesn’t mean you can’t get them some air time, just don’t expect a tech billionaire to be doing it.