Mark Zuckerberg isn’t the coding wiz he used to be. When he was young and not rich, he would put himself through coding marathon sessions, banging out lines like Lohan. It’s true! I saw it in The Social Network. No more though. He doesn’t code much nowadays and when he does, he sucks.
According to a story in New York Magazine about young programmers, Zuckerberg stays away from the code (probably because he has better things to worry about, like the privacy of Facebook users). Feross Aboukhadijeh, former Facebook intern and creator of YouTube Instant, told NY Mag:
But, as the Groups team was adding the finishing touches to its product, Zuckerberg said he wanted to write a few lines. “Everybody was like, Ohhhh, Zuck’s gonna write code,” says Feross. Someone set up an easy bug for him to fix — adding a link to a picture, or something — and he went to work. Five minutes passed. 20 minutes. An hour. “It took him like two hours to do something that would take one of us who’s an engineer like five minutes.”
I can see the whole scene: Sweat dripping down his face, hoodie loosening, face flushing. Panic. Pain. Ulcer-causing stress. My soldiers are staring at me, judging me, leaving me for Google he must’ve been thinking. Then some lowly nice-guy tells him, “Oh it’s OK, Mark, you don’t have to finish this, we’ll just put it on the new guy.” He screams back, “IF YOU INVENTED FACEBOOK, YOU WOULD’VE INVENTED FACEBOOK” and then storms away into the arms of Justin Timberlake. End scene. [NY Mag via Kottke]