Last summer, Microsoft founder Bill Gates made the somewhat surprising announcement that he was quitting Facebook after being inundated with friend requests, explaining “It was just way too much trouble so I gave it up”. It looks like he’s decided to give Facebook another try. A few days ago, Gates launched both a new Facebook Page and a Twitter account (@BillGates).
Facebook has also confirmed that the account is real and appears to have been created last month. Bill Gate’s first update was a link to his charitable Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation while, no surprise here, his second shared item was a link to Microsoft.com. Other shared items include photo albums of his trips to Africa and India, and a link to the homepage of the prep school he attended.
By choosing to go the route of a Facebook page and Twitter account, Bill Gates won’t have to deal with the countless friend requests that caused his prior exit. Both Twitter and Facebook Pages use one sided connections — allowing anyone to follow him without any action required on Gate’s part.