Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year Challenge for 2015 Has Begun
In the last week of every year, Mark Zuckerberg decides on a new year resolution. One of them has been to eat meat he has killed himself, while the other has been to learn Mandarin. This year, when he asked the users what should be the new year resolution, he received over 50,000 mixed responses.
Writing on his public social networking page Zuckerberg said: “Every year I take on a challenge to broaden my perspective and learn something about the world beyond my work at Facebook.
“At our last town hall Q&A, someone asked me what my challenge will be for the new year and I said I’d love ideas from our community. I have an idea of what my next challenge might be, but I’m open to more ideas before the new year officially begins. So share your ideas here!”
Anthony Fergusson said he should shutdown Facebook for 24 hours, “with the aim of encouraging people to talk to a new person in real life who they have never spoken with before.”
Others had similar ideas of taking the day off of Facebook to do something more constructive instead.
Daniel Cooper suggested he could take on “one menial task per week,” like working a shift at Starbucks, or taking the shift of his janitor to get his feet on the ground with what some people do. Zuckerberg indirectly declined the suggestion.
Another popular suggestion was of removing game requests, where a user claimed he would “win a Nobel Prize if users who sent Candy Crush saga requests could be deleted.”
The suggestion to introduce a “sorry” button so people don’t have to “like” status updates regarding sad news was also taken with a lot of support, but the suggestion for a ‘dislike’ button was met with criticism, with the argument that it promoted online bullying.
Zuckerberg had previously mentioned of introducing a dislike button, but admitted he had not figured out how to launch it in a way that it was not negatively used.
So Zuckerberg has finally announced his 2015 new year resolution, that is to become a bookworm, with an “emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.” He will read one new book every other week for the whole year, and share which book he is reading with his followers on his dedicated Facebook page, A Year Of Books.
The Facebook boss is very excited for his challenge, saying books are “intellectually fulfilling”:
“Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today. I’m looking forward to shifting more of my media diet towards reading books.”