It is always a great relief when CEOs love their products. It is an even greater relief when they actually use those products just as much as those people out of whom they make money.
So, somewhere on the social graph where endearing meets heartening is where you'll find the notion that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg really does spend his day just like any other office worker--on Facebook.
Cohick had originally slapped this thoughtful brick onto his Statement of Status: "In the same way drug dealers don't use the product they sell, I doubt Zuckerberg is on Facebook all day. Visionaries don't idle online."
I am not sure how well Cohick knows drug dealers or, indeed, how well he knows visionaries. I have a feeling that there are some of both categories who behave in ways that aren't necessarily predictably capitalist.
However, Zuckerberg decided to set him straight, when he replied to this thought: "No I really do use Facebook all day long."
Cohick was subsequently at pains to point out just how awesm he believes Zuckerberg to be.
Commenting on his own status, he explained that he was in awe of Zuckerberg's achievements, addressing His Awesomeness directly: "You, and many who use Facebook, bring an interesting offline life online which adds to offline life in a virtuous cycle that negates whether one is on or offline. That's awesome."
It seems that TruthfulTech was first to notice this seminal exchange, one that surely has philosophers already musing as to its meaning.
Could it be that Zuckerberg really does spend all his days looking for new friends, defriending those he doesn't love any more and generally scouring Facebook for news, videos and inspiration?
Or could it be that what Zuckerberg was really implying was that he uses Facebookers all day long, but he has somehow conflated the site with those who use it into one Transformer-like entity?
I mention this because Facebook certainly has, yet again, something of a sincerity struggle going on.
This comes after a fledgling site called Uncrunched offered a startling contrast between what Facebook says about tracking people when not on its site and the patents it applies for-- ones that most definitely suggest it has a vast interest in doing a lot of tracking people when not on its site. (The application reads, in part: "A method is described for tracking information about the activities of users of a social networking system while on another domain.")
So one might be forgiven for imagining that Zuckerberg exaggerates just a little.
On the other hand, what else is he going to do all day? Sit in boring meetings? Code? Or, um, talk to people? What would be the point of that?