The Bible says that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the gates of Heaven. I’m not trying to be provocative or religious, but it’s something to think about. Mark Zuckerberg has set his eye on solving one of the biggest problems in the world; bringing Internet access to the world’s poorest nations.
Zuckerberg is a philanthropist who lends his resources and voice to causes that you may know.
I can’t help but see a kick-back for Facebook, however. As more people gain access to the internet, more people will have the ability to connect through social networking. But, this is huge for the flow of knowledge, information, and even immigration. This would also mean more people can contact family members they rarely see or communicate with, if this plan were to become successful.
I don’t have many doubts that the founder of Facebook can do this. He’s already reached out to some of the largest mobile retailers like Nokia, Qualcomm, and MediaTek.
Am I wrong to wonder about intent though? I hate being leary about something that is clearly a win, win. I don’t want to be naïve.
Facebook houses so much data today about people who belong to the social network and boasts the highest number of engaged users. And now that Facebook is a publicly traded company with investors, money could very well be a driving force behind why Facebook is pushing for these under-developed countries to become connected to the Internet. And, yes with more users, means more money from advertisers who pay for site use, which would mean higher stock prices.
Anyway, I think it has the potential to be a major and compelling feat if this were to become successful. And, clearly the world needs this. Facebook clamors for the love and adoration of the entire world. I wonder, once everyone on earth has access to the Internet, will he be working on convincing Martians to get online too? 😉