On Wednesday Mark Zuckerberg did his first ever public Q&A in Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing to discuss connecting the world, Internet.org, innovation and the early days of Facebook.
Did we mention he did almost the entire session in Mandarin?
As surprising as it is to hear the Facebook CEO break out his Mandarin, it seems that his skill level is far from perfect. Quartz stated "his enunciation was roughly on par with the clarity possible when someone's stepping on your face" and he speaks it "like a seven year old" according to Foreign Policy.
If you are wondering why Zuckerberg knows Mandarin he listed three reasons:
1. His wife is from China and she speaks Mandarin with her grandmother. He wants to interact with her family. 2. He wants to further his understanding about China/Chinese culture. He thinks learning a new language definitely helps him widen his knowledge, etc.. 3. He mentioned that Mandarin is hard, he love challenges.
Facebook Phone, we hardly knew ye. After being on the market in the United States for just 31 days, AT&T is pulling the plug on the first smartphone to feature Facebook's Android UI overlay of apps known as Facebook Home. Among the litany of problems Home had, there was:
The Cover Feed. When you log into the phone's homescreen, you're already signed into Facebook, and you already have notifications popping up on the main page. Congratulations! You get to see all the useless crap your sort-of acquaintances post whether you like it or not! Huzzah!
Those crappy ads you see on the right side of your news feed. Did we mention those would also be plastered onto the homescreen? So instead of seeing all your favorite apps, you'd see a big fat ad for ChristianMingle. Sweet!
No privacy controls. You'd think a company with a privacy track record as piss-poor as Facebook's would make assuaging fears of privacy invasion a top priority with their phone release. Nope. Not a word from Zuckerberg & Co. on app permissions, possible geolocation, data logging, browsing habits, etc. For all intents and purposes, you could be carrying around a court-mandated ankle bracelet in your pocket, and you wouldn't even know it.
Better luck next time, Zuck... y'know, if there even is a next time...
I thought about "The Social Failure II" but this is probably more understandable to those that never traded with stocks before. And yes, the Facebook stock price sure got the same profile as Titanic...