If you’re Mark Zuckerberg your answer would be Wikipedia.
Yesterday, insidefacebook.com’s Justin Smith posted a great interview with the CEO of Facebook discussing were Facebook is today and where he envisions his brainchild in the future. This posting is different than normal but the interview seemed to make a lot of sense to me. Normally, I’m the guy that says “Man, why didn’t I think of that” when I hear about Facebook being developed in a college dorm. It’s a great interview but one comment really stood out to me that I wanted to share with everyone.
“The biggest one that we are pushing is Facebook has people’s real identity. You are yourself on Facebook. You connect to your real friends, they’re real relationships. You put in real information, it’s really you.”
It’s interesting to me because it’s what we all talk about each day, but how many of us actually put ourselves out there? We talk about transparency, authenticity, helping and giving back to your network, but how many of us actually do this on daily basis? Do you practice what you preach? This is a thought that runs through my mind almost daily.
As I read the interview I couldn’t help but think that this kid has revolutionized the world we live in. He given us the motivation and creativity that we somehow couldn’t find before Facebook. Before you laugh at me here, think about it like this. How many of you reading this posting today would be in the position or role that you are currently in had Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (among others) not come along? Would you be Blogging? Presenting? What about the 300 Webinar’s on recruiting with Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter? What would these people be doing?
I know it’s changed my role. I’ve met a lot of people offline that I had originally met online since I’ve joined the mobile revolution. It’s an amazing experience when things work out and you connect with someone half way around the world from you, speak with them about an idea they have and help them to realize their dream. Maybe that’s why I bought into this game so deeply, but I’m curious to learn your thoughts on these feelings.
Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts. What would you be doing if Facebook never was…and what site do you visit most outside of Facebook?
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