Zuckerberg is most commonly known as the man who founded Facebook and has redefined the way people can keep in touch with each other and share media files. What Facebook and Snapchat both have in common is that they allow people to share videos, pictures and text messages regardless of their location in the world and, as Zuckerberg himself states, Snapchat truly is a very interesting phenomenon.
Zuckerberg has discussed a lot about both Facebook and Snapchat when he was invited for an hour-long chat at the Stanford University, where he approached a variety of other topics as well. In a nutshell, Zuckerberg surely seems to have very big plans for Facebook, but the most important one for the world’s largest social media platform is to hit one billion users. Right after that, he plans to connect the rest of the world to the Internet and to help the developing countries.
Zuckerberg strongly believes that providing people from the isolated parts of the world with constant and high-quality access to the Internet is a very important part of our evolution, especially when it comes to developing the economy and the artificial intelligence industry. Also, he states that the Internet certainly speeds up the advances in technology.
In addition to discussing the issues mentioned above, Zuckerberg also put great emphasis on Snapchat – contrary to popular belief, Facebook’s purpose is not to invade the privacy of its users in any way, and Zuckerberg said that the social networking giant actually takes it very seriously. Instant messaging and blogging were certainly the biggest things before Facebook has emerged, but the problem was that IM users were only able to connect a very small number of people – the number was limited, but fortunately this is no longer the case with Facebook.
Basically, Facebook is something like a “bridge” between blogs and instant messaging programs where people can easily connect with others and share the content that appeals to them the most. What truly makes this social networking platform is that it allows people to talk to other people publicly without being restricted in any way, rather than communicating to a limited number of people. Facebook allows them to use their full potential, to share their thoughts, opinions and emotions and to take social networking to a whole new level. This is why Facebook has become so popular within such a short time frame. Facebook allows people to communicate their ideas to others, to learn more about what is going on around them, to debate and to provide feedback.
Nevertheless, many say that even though Facebook does not intend to invade the private life of anybody, the privacy of its users is still somewhat invaded when somebody creates a profile, as everything is set to the “public” mode by default. Some people even go that far to claim that this can even put users at risk, given the fact that many of them do not even change their initial settings and they share content publicly. Many people say that it would be a lot better if the initial Facebook default privacy settings would allow you to firstly share information with your friends and then with the public if you truly want to, than the other way round.
Speaking of privacy, Zuckerberg also claims that Snapchat is a very interesting phenomenon in terms of privacy as it creates a totally new space where people can communicate and share things that they were unable to share otherwise. Snapchat is an innovation and companies should pay attention to it. The Facebook platform did try to acquire Snapchat at a certain point but its offer was turned down back then. However, if people share content other than through Facebook, it is normal for Facebook to try and “defend” its position as the leader in the “industry of sharing media files” and to try and make the world more open and more connected.
Perhaps one of the reasons why so many people have started to use Snapchat lately is exactly the concern for the privacy settings – some people may be afraid that they are on the wrong side of privacy, this is why they are constantly looking for safer and more secure applications and websites that do allow them to share content while still having their peace of mind, knowing that their private life truly stays private.