All along…I thought Bill Gates was my friend. But he hasn’t returned any of my requests. What’s up Bill?
He was generous enough [through the Gates Foundation via the Seattle Foundation] to throw several G’s to help with the vision of Q Cafe in the early years. However, he hasn’t returned any of my friend requests on Facebook. I thought we were tight like that but after couple months, I hadn’t heard from him. I was starting to take it personally but I know he’s been busy with with the transition from Microsoft. But then again, I figured he’d now have some extra time with retirement. Or maybe he’s secretly upset that Yahoo has initially spurned Microsoft’s offer? Or maybe he’s bummed about Starbucks no longer offering sandwiches at their “cafes?” Or maybe he’s upset about the real estate prices in Seattle? The Sonics likely move out of Seattle?
What’s up Billy?
But today, I found out why he hasn’t returned my friend request…
[h/t Seattlest] Just months after spending $240 million to own a portion of the company, Bill Gates has removed his personal Facebook profile. Gates had supposedly purchased a small portion of the social-networking company because he’d so enjoyed using the website. However, after Gate’s investment in the company and his personal profile came to light, the Microsoft founder was inundated with friend requests. The London Sun reported that Gates was receiving up to 8,000 friend requests a day and the management of his page simply became too much for him to handle. Beyond the thousands of friend requests, Gates was also disturbed by the group invitations he was getting, including strange fan sites and others using his name in some less-than-flattering ways.
Alright Bill. I understand. It’s not easy getting so many friend requests. I get a few myself as I average 3 every month. So, just go ahead and give me a call. We’ll do Pho @ Than Brothers again and this time, it’s on me.
Seriously though, Bill and Melinda are a few of my heroes. I really do want to have coffee with them someday so if anyone has any connections, let me know. I’ve got some hookups for some free coffee.