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Facebook's CEO has asked the world what his New Year's resolution should be

What do you suggest to the person who has already learnt Mandarin?

Image: AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim

WHATEVER YOUR OPINION is on Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO does manage to set New Year’s resolutions every year and stick to them.

One year he decided to learn Mandarin, which came in useful back in October when he paid a visit to Tsinghua University in Beijing, while others saw him become a vegetarian (or only eating meat if he killed the animal himself), wearing a tie every day (tough to imagine with the grey t-shirt), and writing a thank you note every day to someone who made the world better.

This time, he has put his next aim out to the general public through a public Facebook post.

For background, every year I take on a challenge to broaden my perspective and learn something about the world beyond my work at Facebook… At our last town hall Q&A, someone asked me what my challenge will be for the new year and I said I’d love ideas from our community. I have an idea of what my next challenge might be, but I’m open to more ideas before the new year officially begins. So share your ideas here!

Sp far, it has received 40,788 comments with suggestions ranging from the practical to the obscure.

Some of the most popular suggestions are rather practical like learning how to cook, dance, play an instrument or run a mile every day.

Some were more creative like asking him to read a book every month but someone else gets to choose the book, or write a poem everyday while others suggested ways to use his wealth like helping the homeless or underprivileged kids, feeding the hungry, or pay off a different person’s student loan every day.

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And then there were the more obscure requests like deleting users who send Candy Crush invites, recording and releasing a hip-hop album, deleting Facebook Messenger, or introducing a dislike button, the latter Zuckerberg said he wouldn’t introduce one directly because it would be used to shame users.

There’s nothing to say that Zuckerberg will choose any of these suggestions, but at the very least, it will give you some ideas should you be struggling to come up with one of your own.

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Quinton O'Reilly

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