Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (photo ©Guillaume Paumier) is one of the people who seek new year’s resolutions. He’s not an ordinary person and his focus is always on the Internet so it was almost inevitable that sooner or later he’d crowdsourcing to find some new ideas for his personal challenge. That’s what he did at the end of 2014 to find a new year’s resolution for 2015.
Many people start a year with those resolutions just to give them up in a more or less short time. On the contrary, Mark Zuckerberg is very serious from this point of view, showing the will that led him to create, develop and direct the world’s largest social network. Some time ago, he made headlines when he spoke Mandarin in front of a Chinese crowd: well, learning that language was one of his personal challenges of the past years.
Mark Zuckerberg’s initiative was a huge success. While I’ writing, I see 55,159 comments to his message in which he asked for suggestions and who knows how many more will come. The biggest problem will be reading them all but he can always delegate the task to some Facebook’s employees. He has already written a lot of answers to those comments so he’s reading at least a part of the comments.
The suggestions are very diverse and a significant amount relates to the use of the money earned by Mark Zuckerberg thanks to Facebook. Other users have taken the opportunity to suggest changes to the social network but those could be technical improvements, not personal challenges.
What would you suggest to Mark Zuckerberg? I suggested him to support the creation of a space colony, no matter whether in orbit or on the Moon. I pointed out that it’s not only about offering his money but also helping create an awareness of the need for humanity to get out of its “cradle”. I pointed out that he doesn’t need to do it on hiw own because there are already entrepreneurs cush as Elon Musk – SpaceX founder – who are doing it.
We just have to wait to see which personal challenge Mark Zuckerberg will choose. Maybe he’ll choose more than one and not necessarily one of those suggested to him on Facebook. I don’t think he’ll choose the one that received the most “likes” because he showed in the past that he takes new year’s resolutions seriously so eventually he’ll choose one or more that for him have a certain meaning.