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By Shane Maloy

 

Zuckerberg will one day rule the world. Sounds like a crazy & scary end of the world apocalypse book, but it may not be such a far fetched theory. Let me explain exactly why I would say something statement like that: Facebook was recently in the news yet again, this time, for acquiring another already successful app company. You may remember Facebook acquiring Instagram for over 1 BILLION dollars, but this time, they spent far more.

 

The acquisition of WhatsApp, a private messaging app with half a billion users, was pretty costly. When all was said and done, Facebook spent 19 BILLION dollars on WhatsApp. This sounds like a lot of money and people began to jump on Zuckerberg's back and blaming him for making a bad decision, but when you take a step back... it makes more sense than you realize. 

 

Remember something;  Zuckerberg is not in this for the money. Despite the fact that the man is worth almost the cost of the acquisition himself, he still lives in a modest home with his wife and works everyday. In nearly every interview when he is asked why he still is such an active part of the Facebook ecosystem despite his wealth and power, he responds with something along these lines: "How can we change the rest of the world?" He is always interested in the next big thing in order to make the world a 'better and more connected place'.  

 

Just days after WhatsApp's acquisition, they announced a new upcoming feature:  calling. Both from mobile to mobile and mobile to landline, much similar to Skype.  Now you may see my logic here? Well, if not let me provide one more move that puts Zuckerberg closer to world domination: Internet.org.

 

This non-profit founded by Zuckerberg and supported by much of the Silicon Valley tech community has now announced a new goal. They want to provide free or practically free internet to the world, particularly the areas that aren't currently connected to the World Wide Web. Furthermore, now with the acquisition of WhatsApp, they have all the pieces to make it happen. Here is a hypothetical situation that could be Zuckerberg's goal:

 

Facebook rolls into a rural and previously unconnected village. They hand out a few wireless devices and setup a satellite and wireless connectivity for the village.  Working with partners like Qualcomm, Nokia, Samsung and Opera - you see Zuckerberg has powerful allies.  After getting the infrastructure setup, people will now have the ability to use Facebook services. For instance, just through the Facebook network alone, users could: send messages on Facebook, gather news, use a variety of Bing features through Graph Search and now - have access to make phone and video calls through WhatsApp.  

 

This may sound like novel and genuine way to get people online, but let's take a look at what Zuckerberg gets. He claims that 1 out of 3 people in the world do not have access to the internet. If this is true, and Zuckerberg's empire is able to connect those people, look at how many more active users he will have!

 

Look at the connections he will build throughout governments and countries across the world.

 

Now obviously, this is all a theory, but you decide:  Is Zuckerberg really just in it to "make the world a better place"?

 
 
Shane Maloy is a social media consultant by day, student and guitarist by night. He is currently studying Business with a specialization in Economics and enjoys photography and video in his free time. Born in Winter Park and raised in Oviedo, Shane is a local native and plans to stay in Central Florida for years to come. You can find more about Shane by following him on Twitter @theShaneMaloy, his instagram @shanemaloy and view his video projects online by visiting shanemaloyfilm.com
 
 
 
 

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