Yeah, I’m not the biggest fan of Mark Zuckerberg. From all the nerds out there who achieved something big in the world of computers and Silicon Valley and social media, like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates or Linus Torvalds, Mark’s the least likeable one. For me. Personally. I don’t know how you feel. And everytime I try to convince myself that Mark did great things, he opens his mouth.
While Mark Zuckerberg was visiting Nigeria this week, he spoke publicly about how he applied his engineering mindset to help build Facebook. “There is an elegance to writing code that I miss,” the Facebook CEO said during a Q&A session with tech entrepreneurs and developers in Lagos. “The code always does what you want – and people don’t.”
Take a few moments and think about what Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of a global company that has over 1.71 billion monthly active users, just said. “Code always does what you want – and people don’t.” Again. “Code always does what you want – and people don’t.” And once more. Only once. I promise. “Code always does what you want – and people don’t.”
“At this stage, we really shouldn’t be surprised by Mark Zuckerberg’s tendencies to behave like someone who thinks he is God,” Sophie Kleeman writes on Gizmodo. “Yet somehow, he always manages to one-up himself. Somewhere, Priscilla Chan is silently screaming into her non-working air conditioning unit. Blink twice for help, Priscilla!”
For Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, a company that calls itself a social network, people are not a chance, a diversity, a living contrast of opinions and dreams and human flaws, they are problems. Walking and breathing problems. People should be like code for him. You write it, you compile it, you run it. And if it doesn’t do what you want, you just delete it and try again. Until it works.
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