Bill Gates Opens the Gates to The Gates Notes

Might Microsoft chairman Bill Gates have had a motive behind his recent re-entry into the world of social media?

Gates—who reactivated his Facebook account and joined Twitter, collecting more than 58,000 fans and more than 240,000 followers, respectively, at the time of this post—used his brand-spanking-new Twitter account to announce the launch of The Gates Notes.

The site is divided into sections What I’m Thinking About, What I’m Learning, My Travels, Curious Classroom, Conversations and Infrequently Asked Questions, and it includes blog-style entries, responses to students (Curious Classroom), answers to reader questions (Infrequently Asked Questions) and an annual letter from Gates and his wife, Melinda Gates, describing the charitable work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In a pop-up that appears when The Gates Notes is first launched, Gates wrote:

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.

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.

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. So, welcome to The Gates Notes.