Know about Facebook


1.Facebook has over 350 million active users. More than 35 million users update their status each day, with more than 55 million status updates each day.

2. More than 2.5 billion pictures are uploaded to Facebook each month.

3. The average Facebook user has 130 friends and sends eight friend requests per month.

4.Among children under 18, Facebook was ranked third in the top 100 searches of 2009, behind YouTube and Google. Sex and porn rounded out the top five searches.

5. A recent survey of 500 top colleges found that 10% of admissions officers acknowledged looking at social networking sites such as Facebook to evaluate applicants. Thirty-eight percent of admissions officers said that what they saw negatively affected the applicant.

6. Facebook is not only beating MySpace traffic, but it is also the second-ranked site overall in the U.S. behind Google.

7. Americans spend 13.9 billion minutes a year on Facebook and five billion minutes on MySpace.

8. In 2003, Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg created Facemash, where he placed photos of undergraduates side by side so viewers could rank which one was “hotter.” Zuckerberg would later turn Facemash into the now ubiquitous Facebook.

9. If Facebook were a country, it would be the fifth-largest country in the world, after China, India, the U.S., and Indonesia.

10. The New Oxford Dictionary announced that the 2009 Word of the Year was “unfriend,” as in “to remove someone as a friend on a social networking site” such as Facebook. However, there is some debate whether the word should be “defriend” rather than “unfriend.”

11. The average Facebook users spend more than 55 minutes a day on the site. They use the Like button nine times a month and write 25 comments each month.

12. Approximately 70% of Facebook users are outside the United States.

13. Forbes dubbed 25-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, the creator/owner of Facebook, as the world’s youngest billionaire, worth 1.5 billion.

14. Syria, China, Vietnam, and Iran have banned Facebook.

15. In December 2009, there were over 250 million active users on Facebook, up from 1 million active users in December 2004.

16. In September 2009, Zuckerberg announced for the first time that Facebook was cash flow positive, meaning Facebook made more money that it spent.

17. Twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss claim Zuckerberg stole their idea after they hired him to do programming for their own site, Harvard Connect (ConnectU). The case was settled for an undisclosed sum. Others, such as fellow student, Aaron Greenspan, also claim they invented Facebook.

18. Named after a Harvard student directory that included student photos and profiles, Facebook was originally called “thefacebook” and was limited to only Harvard students. In 2005, the site was renamed “Facebook.

19. Farmville boasts more than 60 million players on Facebook. Zynga—the maker of Farmville, Mafia Wars, and other Facebook games—boasts an annual revenue of more than $200 million.

20. There are more than 800,000 developers building applications for Facebook

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