8 Interesting Facts About Facebook
Facebook is the most popular social networking website. After the company goes public, they will become one of the largest technology companies in the world. When Facebook started they were a simple startup operating out of a Harvard University dorm room. Here are some facts and statistics that you might not know about Facebook.
1. Status update figures
On average, there are about 1.8 million status updates sent out every 20 minutes. Break that down even further and you will notice that there are about 90,000 updates sent per minute. I could not even imagine the workload that is put on their servers to make these status messages happen. It’s no wonder that Facebook is building multiple data warehouses.
2. Al Pacino’s face was on the homepage
When I first joined TheFacebook.com in 2004, I noticed this mysterious figure’s face on the top left of the homepage. I simply just assumed that it was Mark Zuckerberg. Turns out I was wrong because it was actually a manipulated photo of Al Pacino created by a classmate of Zuckerberg. Perhaps Zuckerberg and his friends were huge Scarface fans back then.
In high school, Mark Zuckerberg was the captain of the fencing team at Phillips Exeter Academy.
When Mark Zuckerberg was in high school, he started a company called Intelligent Media Group. Under that company, he built a music player software package called Synapse. Synapse used A.I. to learn about the listening habits of their users. Supposedly Microsoft and AOL both tried to purchase Synapse and attempted to recruit Zuckerberg. He chose to enroll at Harvard instead.
In the fall of 2004 when Mark Zuckerberg moved to Palo Alto, he had built a friend-to-friend file sharing program called Wirehog that was linked to TheFacebook. Wirehog was programmed by Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew McCollum, Adam D’Angelo, and Sean Parker. Wirehog was available through invite-only and it launched in October 2004. Wirehog was taken down in January 2006 because their target audience at the time was the same as the campus-specific file-sharing service called i2Hub. i2Hub was launched earlier that year by Wayne Chang. You may know Chang as the guy whom sued the guys (Winklevoss Twins) that sued Zuckerberg.
6. Total user figures
As of right now, there are over 800 million users on Facebook. Given that the entire world popular is about 7 billion, statistically this means that more than 1 out of every 10 people in the world use Facebook. About 350 million people use Facebook on their mobile devices.
7. Yahoo! Offer
In 2006 Yahoo! made an offer to buy out Facebook for $1 billion. When Facebook goes public, their market capitalization is expected to be at near or over $100 billion. Yahoo! made a similar offer to Google, but was ultimately rejected.
8. Divorce by Facebook
According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, about one in five divorces now involve Facebook. There has been an 80% spike in the number of cases that use social media as evidence for cheating. This is based on a study from December 2010.
This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at +AmitChowdhry