Friday, July 24, 2009

Bill Gates sheldom logs out

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates Friday said he seldom logs out, rarely feels drained and finds social networking sites irritating.

"I am a 24-hour technology person," said Gates, on a visit here for overseeing the philanthropic activities of the foundation he has formed with his wife Melinda.

"I am not that big at text messaging and I am impressed with the young people doing that," he said at a conference on using technology for transformation here.

However, Gates said, he reads random articles in silence whenever he feels drained.

Calling social networking sites "irritating", Gates said he is flooded by "friend requests" everyday on Facebook.

"I get 10,000 friend requests everyday. It gets so irritating."

To this, Minister of State for Communication and IT Sachin Pilot, who shared the dais with the Microsoft co-founder, asked jokingly: "How many Bill Gates are there on Facebook?"

Gates is in India to receive the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development on behalf of his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, being recognised for "pioneering and exemplary philanthropic work around the world and in India in health".

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