We are junkies for updates and information – gossip, news, hearsay, and chitter chat. Facebook gives us all of that and then some. It is addictive. But, ask yourself this question: Who are You Following on Facebook and Why?
How many of us actually follow Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook? Well, judging from his list of followers which are only 83,572,423 people, it is evident that not everyone who joins Facebook follows Zuckerberg. If we all followed him, then that figure would be in the billions. We bring up this fact because it is one of the greatest anomalies known across social media. You would think that everyone who joined Facebook would seek out Zuckerberg and immediately start following him. After all, without him there would be no Facebook.
Does Zuckerberg care if you follow him? Share his posts? Like his posts? Maybe, he does. And then maybe not.
Some make the argument that he doesn’t care. Why you might ask? Because the amount of likes and shares his posts receive doesn’t add monetary value. Then there are some who support the idea that Zuckerberg does care, because like the rest of us, he too has a need to feel validated and a need for approval.
Why didn’t we think to seek out Zuckerberg and follow the one individual who is responsible for providing us the most widely used social media platform in the world? That platform that allows us to relate to the world and basically become totally self-absorbed with ourselves.
And why do we place so much stock in how many followers and likes our posts receive when the CEO of Facebook doesn’t?
One thing is for sure–Zuckerberg is definitely someone we should be following. According to Forbes, Zuckerberg and his wife Chan announced that they would spend $3 billion over the next decade to fight disease. “In December 2015, Zuckerberg and Chan first announced their plan to give away 99% of their Facebook stake, which was then worth about $45 billion, to “philanthropic, public advocacy, and other activities for the public good” over their lifetime. Some of the funds will go into for profit companies that fit with the couple’s goals. Following these sales, FORBES estimates Zuckerberg’s net worth at $52 billion. His net worth has increased over the past year despite the stock sales as a result of the rise in Facebook’s stock price.” By the way, yesterday, Facebook’s stock was at $117.64.
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