Bill Gates quits Facebook over 'too many friends'

Bill Gates said it was too much trouble to keep up with the Facebook friend requests
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates smiles as he is honoured by India for his charity work in New Delhi. Gates told the audience he was forced to give up on the social networking phenomenon Facebook after too many people wanted to be his friend.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said he was forced to give up on the social networking phenomenon Facebook after too many people wanted to be his friend.

Gates, the billionaire computer geek-turned-philanthropist who was honoured Saturday by India for his charity work, told an audience in New Delhi he had tried out but ended up with "10,000 people wanting to be my friends".

Gates, who remains chairman, said he had trouble figuring out whether he "knew this person, did I not know this person".

"It was just way too much trouble so I gave it up," Gates told the business forum.

Gates was in the Indian capital to receive the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, awarded by the government for his work for the charitable organisation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The foundation, built by his massive fortune, has committed nearly one billion dollars to health and development projects in India, targeting especially AIDS and polio.

Gates also confided to the audience that he was "not that big at text messaging" and that "I'm not a 24-hour-a-day tech person".

"I read a lot and some of that reading is not on a computer," he said.

Gates, who sought to drive a vision of a computer on every desk and in every home, said the information technology revolution had been "hugely beneficial" but added: "All these tools of tech waste our time if we're not careful."

(c) 2009 AFP


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Jul 26, 2009
I don't know why he signed up for facebook it does not have a secure sign-up process?

Jul 26, 2009
No wonder Billy didn't accept my friend request. I feel less rejected now.

Jul 27, 2009
Ahhh... man! I was proud to show my friends that I was friends with Bill Gates. Now I have lost my best friend !!! He and I were like this >

Jul 27, 2009
Being an old Digital Research guy, I'd puke on the thief who took some of our code to create windoze.

Who really like Bill? oh the banks, finance companies and, oh he pays no tax. You see, all that money was earned on money he already paid tax on?!? Go figure.

Jul 27, 2009
Dumbass probably thinks Facebook friends are supposed to be like RL friends where you have to meet them and hang out with them or something stupid like that..

Plus they just wanted his money!

Aug 02, 2009
After several years I quit Facebook and MySpace because I had no friends. I guess I am in a different league.

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