After the mayhem of the arrival of Bill Gates on Twitter yesterday, Gates has announced his next step into the world of social media with the launch of The Gates Notes, his new blog.
Gates explains his motivations for the site:
“Since leaving my full time job at Microsoft to dedicate more time to our foundation, a lot of people have asked me what I’m working on. It often feels like I’m back in school, as I spend a lot of my time learning about issues I’m passionate about,” he says in an introductory note. “I’m fortunate because the people I’m working with and learning from are true experts in their fields. I take a lot of notes, and often share them and my own thoughts on the subject with others through email, so I can learn from them and expand the conversation.”
Gates continues, “I thought it would be interesting to share these conversations more widely with a website, in the hope of getting more people thinking and learning about the issues I think are interesting and important.”
To date the blog includes articles on education reform and the need for help in Haiti. There’s also a podcast series with Gates speaking on climate change and related subjects.
Ironically, the site has an almost Apple like feel, and includes sections on his travels, books he’s reading. Other sections include “What I’m Thinking About” , “What I’m Learning”, and “Infrequently Asked Questions”.
Of course, like most techees, he also has link direct to his Twitter profile.