Did Steve Jobs secretly admire Mark Zuckerberg?

Did Steve Jobs secretly admire Mark Zuckerberg?
Mark Zuckerberg - the master of social networks, the genius who created one of the biggest internet phenomena ever... yes, he sure does deserve our admiration, but one thing we didn't expect to hear today was that another, probably bigger genius himself has secretly looked up to Mark.

According to Walter Isaacson, who recently spoke to Washington Post CEO Donald Graham, Mark Zuckerberg was among the few people that Steve Jobs held great respect for:

"I once asked Jobs who [he] admired in the Valley"... "Mark's was the first name on his lips."

As you probably remember, Apple once tried to offer a social service itself, in the form of Ping. The service had Facebook integration, but apparently Steve and company didn't ask for Mark's permission. As a result, Facebook cut Ping's access and Apple's service turned out to be a failure (for that, or some other reason). Interestingly, when asked by Isaacson why Apple won't try to enter the social networking biz again, Jobs replied "Maybe because Mark did it so well. There's not a need for a whole lot of social networks and Facebook has got it licked."

At the end of the day, these are both great men, who we should admire for inventing the great computers and means of communication we have today.

source: Cnet

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23 Comments

1. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

I do admire both Steve Jobs & Mark Zuckerberg.. They're both great on stealing other ideas..

8. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

well put, I never understood why people credit Mark for social networking when there was Hi5, blackplanet, collegeclub, migente etc. The foundation where there already

11. Ray.S

Posts: 436; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Because they could never create something as popular as what he did.

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

There always is someone who is the most popular in his kind and that's mean if there was no Facebook, then any other social network was most popular. That doesn't make Facebook more special...

22. SugarShockFrantic

Posts: 73; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

facebook MASSACRED myspace...nuff said

15. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I can respect their creativity and what they were able to accomplish. I will never respect or admire either as a human being.

20. Abdul92

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

That's fine. Because you don't know either one as a human being. How can you have an opinion on someone that you know so little about.?

19. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

many people still believe he stole the idea. the fact that he didnt start working on facebook until he was contacted to work on connectu is a story with more holes than swiss cheese.

9. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Le angry Microsoft employe appears*

12. MthokozisiG

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Because both Man did it so much better than anyone has ever done it before. The proof is in the popularity...

16. Aeires unregistered

By that logic, McDonald's makes gourmet burgers. Facebook has is riddled with so many security issues it's a wonder people even use it.

17. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

"both MEN"

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I have heard that Jesus, Buddha and Queen of England is in genealogical tree of Steve Jobs. Now all share these rumors all around and inflate Steve Jobs pop icon bubble!!!

3. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

becuz MARK blowed jobs up

4. gwhyte01

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 09, 2008

Who gives a damn. What does this have to do with cell phones.

13. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Dude, that is exactly the thought that came into my mind after I read this!

23. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

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5. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Makes perfect psychological sense; admire and iDolize what you are not [Steve]: 'sociable', good-looking, genius and young. And, "anatomically" correct.

7. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Jobs was very good looking when he was younger. And, though I'm not much of a apple product user, I have to admit he is more of a genius than Mark.

6. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Agree on most of what was said on the article, but neither of them actually "invented" anything. They only improved existing ideas.

21. Abdul92

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

Disagree, to say that neither one invented "anything" is crazy. The ideas that both men had and the level they excelled it to in recognition enough

10. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

PA Should interview Steve Job's ghost directly, he's available around midnight for an interview at his graveyard, just be sure to bring an iPhone with you, else he would rip your body off

18. Elvis.

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I think Jobs and Zuckerberg would have made a great couple.

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