In March, Mark Zuckerberg announced the birth of his social network, Facebook.
But it was only a year later that Zuckerberg would take on a role as one of the world’s most powerful men.
By then, he was a billionaire and the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most successful companies.
Today, Zuckerberg is widely considered the most powerful person in the history of the planet.
But what is his relationship with his most loyal fan?
The answer is a bit complicated.
In a 2016 interview with the New York Times, Zuckerberg admitted that he does not follow his social media following nearly as closely as he used to.
“I don’t know if it’s a reflection of the fact that I’m a very busy man, or I’m just not that into it, or it’s just not something that I care about,” Zuckerberg said.
“And if I’m not that invested in it, then I don’t feel like I need to follow it.
And then maybe it’s because I don.
So I don.”
Zuckerberg said he was not trying to be the “world’s most important man” by any means, but said that the fact he didn’t follow the social media network as much as he once did was the result of “a lot of pressure and pressure from people who are not interested in me anymore.”
But according to the New Yorker’s Molly Ball, Zuckerberg’s obsession with his followers has a personal dimension as well.
Ball wrote that she was one of Facebook’s first staffers and had seen Zuckerberg “make a point to make sure that he kept up with his following on Twitter.
He’d make it a point, for example, to follow @sarahgolfer.”
And while Ball didn’t see Zuckerberg’s love of his followers as a reflection on his social life, she noted that it was also not something he had grown accustomed to.
“There’s this weird, almost obsessive, obsession that people have with their followers on Facebook,” Ball wrote.
“You know, people are really, really obsessed about people they’ve never met.
People have this weird sense of how important they are to other people, how important to their lives.
So, there’s this sense of, well, what if I can do something that will make people feel more comfortable with me?
What if I make it more of a personal connection with them?”
So why did Zuckerberg decide to create his own Twitter account?
According to Ball, he did not want to “have it feel like Facebook is my personal assistant.”
“He was trying to create something that he could really control,” Ball told the Times.
So what is Zuckerberg’s “personal assistant”?
It’s unclear exactly what kind of personal assistant he created for himself, but Ball’s description of his account suggests that it might be the ability to “take control” of other people’s feeds and posts.
The account also reportedly allows Zuckerberg to create a “personal list of his most important people,” and is reportedly one of several accounts that can be used to send messages to those in his personal circle.
What does this mean for Mark Zuckerberg?
As Ball pointed out, Zuckerberg has not given any indication as to how he plans to use his Twitter account, although he has been tweeting from it regularly for the past two years.
And despite being one of Zuckerberg’s most trusted confidantes, he hasn’t exactly given a ton of details on what his social engagement is like.
But Ball writes that Facebook has been giving him a lot of information about how to use the account, and that it seems that it will be something that “will be the basis of a lot more of his posts and messages going forward.”
If you want to see how Zuckerberg uses his Twitter and other social media accounts, you can watch his interview with The New York Magazine above.