Birthday, Graduation, NASDAQ and a Wedding

Posted: May 21, 2012 in Laughing at life

Technology scares me. However, I cannot but marvel at the techy young man who created history last week. Birthday, his girlfriend becoming a doctor, his company going public and a wedding. All in a single week! Mark Zuckerberg is perhaps the only man who is so good at making news so unassumingly.

The young billionaire seems to have a natural heavy head stuck steadfast on his shoulders. So even after today, even when the world is reeling under the chain of earth-shattering news from his end, he may just continue picking up after his tiny dog, Beast, and trying to converse with his girlfriend, Dr Chan’s granny, in broken Cantonese tomorrow!

I hated Facebook a few years back, treasured my Orkut. But now with the renewed image makeover of the CEO, I must admit, I am beginning to trust Facebook a bit more.

Facebook was so tough to access a few years back that I ignored a friend’s invite. Then came the gigantic question of privacy. Like me, a lot others may have resisted posting personal updates on a newsfeed that looks so exposed to the entire world. Even when I learned to access it, I would be scrolling up and scrolling down and eventually logging out. Then, one day, I learned the fun of posting an update! 56 notifications one morning! 110 friend requests! I was bowled over. Slowly I learned to filter and control Facebook. You post only those things you want the world to know. You post what you want to appear on the first page of a newspaper. Do you want to post your fight with your best friend? Or your girlfriend? No? So don’t.

So instead of Facebook controlling me, I learned to control Facebook. I post updates which I will be proud of reading even after a few months, not ashamed of reading the next day.

You can control who sees each post. Who sees each photograph. I can also control if anyone can get to my account using any search engine. Try, you can’t see me. 🙂 This, coming from a “technology-challenged” person like me should be comforting and an encouragement to everyone else.

Zuckerberg, and his marriage with his girlfriend, Priscilla Chan moved me. I told myself, China having blocked Facebook has nothing to do with this. It must have been love. 🙂 I spent about an hour looking up Youtube videos of his interviews… and realized I am moved by his unassuming focus of creating not just a business, but creating history.

If I was still working on the international color page in my past newspaper, today’s headline would have read:


Birthday, Graduation, NASDAQ and a Wedding

God bless the couple! (May Facebook also cross over The Great Firewall of China.)

Psssttt: Facebook is offering me a million dollars for this article, don’t tell anyone. 😛

  1. Subhajit Guha says:

    A glowing article on the life and times of a man who is now an undeniable part of our everyday life. An unassuming cool dude; doing things he knows he does best.


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