Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolutions have generally put most people’s to shame. In the past, he has vowed to do things like write a thank you note to someone who made the world better each day and to learn to speak Mandarin – which he did. He even held a Q&A session in Chinese this year. But this time around, the social network founder is crowdsourcing ideas about what “personal challenge” he should take on next via a public post on his Facebook profile.
Writes Zuckerberg, “for background, 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,” he says. “I have an idea of what my next challenge might be, but I’m open to more ideas before the new year officially begins.”
As of the time of writing, the post has over 99,200 Likes and over 39,511 comments. As you may imagine, not all the comments are helpful, and some took the opportunity to just leave jokes on snarky comments on the CEO’s Timeline. (Like the guy who suggested that Zuckerberg delete users who send Candy Crush requests, for example. Or the guy who thinks the exec should devote 2015 to learning to play the accordion. Um, what?)
But other respondents offered more interesting suggestions like challenging the CEO to open a mentoring center at Facebook for women entrepreneurs, or suggested that Facebook add new ways for those with special needs to access the service. Others asked Zuckerberg to host online session to share his insights with other startup founders, or said that Facebook should add a “Sorry” button, so people could express sympathy, when the “Like” button would seem rude. (Zuckerberg has for a long time said that he would not add a “Dislike” button to Facebook, though that request again popped up on the comment thread here, too.) Read more…