Ten years ago, all the cool kids had a MySpace account, but now things have changed. While everybody was busy spending time on MySpace, a Harvard student was working at a new social media site called at first “The Facebook”.
We know that everybody knows some basic facts about Facebook’s origins, but we bet that there are some things you didn’t know.Here are the Facts you didn’t know about Facebook!
- Social media not so social!
The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, where the founders studied together; however, they later expanded it to more educational institutions. Its expansion continued and by 2006, everyone above the age of 13 was allowed to become a member. Thus started the era of Facebook.
- What’s in a name?
Facebook, when founded was called Facemash, and the site was used to compare pictures and ask the users to choose the ‘hotter’ person. The pictures were ‘stolen’ by Zuckerberg by hacking into the Harvard University’s site and faced expulsion.
- Sharing stories or notes?
The new site was used by Zuckerberg to share notes with his classmates. NO photos, no comparisons, only notes! Phew, what a nerd!
- What if……
If Facebook was considered a different country, then it would be the third most populated country in the world. Facebook, in 2012 had one billion active users. The whole world unified, but still couldn’t surpass Indian population!! That’s a whole lot of users though.
- Connecting people, or disconnecting?
Though Facebook is the most popular and most used social networking site, it is not popular in many countries. Facebook is banned in China, instead, they have a local facebook which only the Chinese locals can use! Now I understand why facebook is not the most populated nation!!
- FB why only blue?
Zuckerberg is a smart administrator but he can be selfish too!! Zuckerberg was color blind to red and green. And the only color that genius can see without any issues is blue. Thus the color. Nice move!
- Paise jyaada ho gye Zuckerberg ke paas XD!
In 2011, Facebook introduced the Bug Bounty Programme, in which researchers are paid a minimum of $500 for reporting security holes in the website. This programme received huge response as many bugs were reported which even the developers could not figure out. Think about the bounty paid!! Moreover, India is the second highest bug hunter in the world!
- Rewriting history (err, Dictionary rather)
Facebook website has many new terminology and many of them have been added in various dictionaries around the world. In 2012, the word unfriend (meaning removing someone as friend in Facebook) was added in the Oxford Dictionary.
- Age Restrictions, seriously?
The minimum age required to join FB is 13 but they don’t have any rule or method to verify the age of the member. Children, as small as 10-year-old are logging in and out of the site, violating the rule. In 2012, a survey found that from 1000 households surveyed, 77% reported that their children joined Facebook under the age of 10. Strict age verification, the need of the hour!
- Are you an active user?
Many believe that an active user is one who regularly visits the website, but no the owners of the social networking site defines an active user as one who visits the website at least once in the last 30 days. Let’s count the passive users again!
- The truth behind ‘like’ button
Facebook engineers were enthusiastic about the ‘awesome’ button, but that idea was vetoed by Zuckerberg in 2007. The ‘awesome’ button ultimately turned into the ‘like’ button which had a lukewarm response from the owners.
- A new record!
In September 2014, Facebook users watched a collective 1 billion videos per day! That’s something never happened before. It was the first time the viewership reached that much. And in 2016, it is still to be reached.
- Most shared content?
Videos are the most shared content in the Facebook. On an average videos receive 89.5 shares per video, way higher than that of pics or text based photos.
- What a speed !
on an average, 7.246 people join Facebook every minute. That’s comes roughly to 8 people per second. By the time you finish reading this, at least 10o people would have joined Facebook. Isn’t it astonishing ?
- Some more figures
There are 500,000 Facebook likes every minute and 100,000 friend requests sent per minute. I wonder how much powerful the server would be to handle it all!
- The most important
Facebook has improved our way of living and also has joined people into making a one global village. But there is one button in Facebook which can change our lives forever. Yes! Heard it right, change your lives for good using the button. The weapon is- logout button. So much time is wasted on FB, to put more accurately, 927 million hours a month by the users. Invest even half the amount somewhere productive and you will get more satisfaction.
Thanks for reading this, I hope you got to know some facts about your favorite network. Enjoy Facebooking but don’t ignore the daily activities.