Who Doesn't Like Facebook: Martha Stewart and Bill Gates
Article by George Norman
On 27 Jul 2009
There is a reason why I always describe Facebook as a “popular networking site” and the reason is that it recently announced the fact that 250 million people from all over the world have set up an account. Well, 250 million minus two: Martha Stewart and Bill Gates.

“250 million people are using Facebook to stay updated on what's happening around them and share with the people in their lives. The rapid pace of our growth is humbling and exciting for us, and it affirms that people everywhere are realizing the power of staying connected to everything they care about on Facebook,” explained Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg.


Martha Stewart, businesswoman, show host, author and magazine publisher, does not agree. In an interview with The Daily Beast, she made it public that she does not like Facebook – she even went so far as to call the social networking site “dippy.” So what tops Facebook in her view? Twitter, of course.

“I just love [Twitter] so much more than Facebook. First of all, you don’t have to spend any time on it, and, second of all, you reach a lot more people. And I don’t have to ‘befriend’ and do all that other dippy stuff that they do on Facebook. I personally don’t use Facebook. I prefer Twitter as a means of mass communication—it’s the Wal-Mart of the Internet.” said Martha Stewart, whose Twitter account has more than 1 million followers as of last week.

Stewart also made the bold prediction that both online services will be owned by the same company in the future. This after Facebook offered Twitter $500 million this November, but Twitter turned them down.

Moving on, Microsoft’s chairman does not seem to like Facebook that much either as he has recently announced that he gave up on the social networking site altogether. Gates admits that he tried Facebook, but soon found himself looking at requests from “10,000 people wanting to be my friends.” He went through the requests and tried to see which people he actually knows, but found the whole process “was just way too much trouble” so he decided to give it up.

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