It’s not every day the average Internet user gets to ask the world’s fourteenth richest person any question he or she desires, but Facebook users were treated to just that on Tuesday evening.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg held an impromptu Q&A session with his nearly 32 million fans, inviting them to share whatever’s on their mind. In the span of an hour, the social media giant’s CEO answered over 15 questions, ranging from what his workday looks like to the company’s big plans for Internet.org.
“We’ve held a few Townhall Q&As over the past few months,” Zuckerberg wrote, “and I thought doing a Q&A right here on Facebook would be valuable so more people can participate.”
Here are seven things we just learned from the seemingly spontaneous chat.
Zuckerberg “works” just 50-60 hours a week
When asked to reveal how many hours he works in a single day, Zuckerberg said he’s usually in the office “no more than 50-60 hours a week” (Tweet This). The 30-year-old explained that he does a great deal of thinking outside of the office on “how to connect the world and serve our community better.”
The creator of Facebook doesn’t think Facebook hinders face-to-face communication skills
Many critics of the ever-growing digital world claim social media stunts real life social skills, but Zuckerberg isn’t one of them. “Tools like Facebook help people communicate mostly with people who aren’t directly around them,” he wrote. “For example, I can stay in touch with family members who are traveling or friends who live in other countries. It’s great to be able to do that since I wouldn’t have good opportunities to stay in touch with those folks otherwise.”
Facebook has ambitious plans for its Internet.org project, and it’s working from the bottom up
Two thirds of the world is not connected to the Internet, and Facebook wants to change that. When asked whether Facebook plans to expand the Internet.org project into Europe, Zuckerberg said the company is “prioritizing the countries with the most unconnected people.” Zuckerberg has noted in the past that putting an Internet connection in the hands of everyone on planet Earth is not something he expects to be profitable for Facebook in the near term.
What it takes to keep the world’s largest social network operational
Ever wonder how Facebook handles 1.4 billion visitors from around the world each month? “It takes many terabits per second of bandwidth, and many hundreds of thousands of servers!” explained Zuckerberg.
The wild technology Facebook is working on
It’s been 14 months since Facebook spent $2 billion on Oculus VR, the virtual-reality company that Zuckerberg now says will create a “pretty wild” digital future for us. “Our mission [is] to give people the power to experience anything,” he wrote. “Even if you don’t have the ability to travel somewhere, or to be with someone in person, or even if something is physically impossible to build in our analog world, the goal is to help build a medium that will give you the ability to do all of these things you might not otherwise be able to do.”
“Just like we capture photos and videos today and then share them on the internet to let others experience them too, we’ll be able to capture whole 3D scenes and create new environments and then share those with people as well,” wrote Zuckerberg.
Facebook today, Facebank tomorrow?
Last month, Facebook introduced a new feature in its Messenger app that allows friends to send money to each other. Zuckerberg announced the company plans “to roll this out more widely soon,” adding that he is “very excited about expanding over time.”
Someone asked Zuckerberg for a job and Zuckerberg replied
When Facebook user Van Chau Tran asked Zuckerberg for a job, another user named Nicolas Hecq jokingly responded, “Yes, of course! Monday, 8am! Don’t be late.” At first, it didn’t appear Zuckerberg would respond to the question, which was one of hundreds submitted during the chat. But he did. 19 minutes later, Zuckerberg shared a link to Facebook’s jobs board. “[I am] about to put this on my resume,” said Tran.
No word on whether he applied for a job.