Facebook just got a whole lot better, as Stephen Hawking, the famous physicist, has just joined the social networking site.
Hawking announced that he was joining Facebook with his first official post earlier in the day.
“I have always wondered what makes the universe exist. Time and space may forever be a mystery, but that has not stopped my pursuit. Our connections to one another have grown infinitely and now that I have the chance, I’m eager to share this journey with you. Be curious, I know I will forever be. Welcome, and thank you for visiting my Facebook Page. -SH”
As Time suggests, and we’ll agree with this point, the timing of Hawking’s Facebook announcement isn’t too random. Currently, The Theory of Everything, which is the film based on Hawking’s life, is set to premiere in just a few weeks. The fact that Hawking can now reach out to people on Facebook and possibly promote the film isn’t out of the ordinary to assume. We can picture him updating his Facebook with promotional stills of the film, or just his general thoughts on the behind the scenes process.
— Indiewire (@indiewire) October 22, 2014
As The Inquisitr reported, actor Eddie Redmayne took on the challenging role of playing Stephen Hawking right before his diagnosis of his motor neurone disease. At the time, Redmayne compared the process to training for a marathon. The film also covers Hawking’s relationship with ex-wife Jane Wilde, which prevailed into the mid 90s despite his devastating diagnosis.
Since joining Facebook his followers or in this case “likes” have already amassed to over 950k people. Shortly after he joined, Hawking posted an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video.
He captioned the video with an explanation of why he passed the challenge on to his children.
“It wouldn’t have been very safe for me to have done the ice bucket challenge, but that is why I have three beautiful children who could take the plunge for me. Please donate to the MNDA after watching this video.”
In the video, he nominated Ian Blatchford, the director of The Science Museum, Lord Sainsbury, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, and Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.
So far, Stephen Hawking hasn’t transitioned over to Twitter yet, but we’re thinking it’s only a matter of time before he joins.
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