When Facebook was launched in February 2004, it went on to become the juggernaut of social media. Before Facebook became a force to be reckoned with, the social media platform that was the ‘in-thing’ was MySpace. If you wanted to be cool, you had to be on MySpace. However, when Facebook came into existence, it brought about major changes in the way people interacted online.


When he was a second-year student at Harvard University, Mark Zuckerberg came up with a program called Facemash. This program utilized photos that were sourced from online facebooks of nine houses. Two photos were then placed next to each other at a given time, and Facemash users were asked to choose the best one. According to the sources, Facemash drew 450 visitors and 22,000 photo-views within its first four hours. However, a few days later it was shut down by the Harvard administration, which called it a violation of students’ privacy, a copyright infringement and a breach of security. In January 2004, Zuckerberg began creating a new website and a month later ‘Thefacebook’ was launched. A few days after its inception, the site was marred by controversy. Some students accused Zuckerberg of deceiving them. They accused him of exploiting their ideas to create ‘Thefacebook.’


Initially, Facebook was confined to Harvard students. It, however, later expanded to the other Ivy League universities and subsequently most universities in North America. As Facebook continued to grow rapidly, membership was opened to everyone. As of mid-2016, Facebook had more than 1.7 billion active monthly users. Other than the controversy mentioned above (the alleged theft of ideas to create Facebook), other problems that Facebook has had include major glitches during its IPO launch and millions of dollars earned by scammers, among others. With this brief history in mind, here are 10 of the most amazing facts about Facebook.


1. Redesigning Of Its Homepage

Back in 2007, a major homepage design was done. This redesigning replaced man’s face partially hidden behind a cloud of binary code. This man was dubbed the ‘Facebook guy.’ The man’s identity was previously unknown. However, in his book, The Facebook Effect, author David Kirkpatrick revealed that the image is a manipulated photo of acclaimed actor Al Pacino. A classmate and a friend of founder Mark Zuckerberg created the effect.


2. One Initial Facebook Function was a File Sharing Service

Even though it can’t be found in the current official Facebook timeline, a friendly, peer-to-peer file sharing service known as Wirehog was developed together with Facebook. It was also launched in 2004 and was supposed to be an important Facebook feature. Zuckerberg tried to promote it by saying that it would expand the same way that Facebook did. In spite of this, Wirehog was done away with in 2006, even before Facebook became a household name, possibly due to piracy issues.


3. Absence of a Clear Definition of the term ‘Poke’

Despite the fact that Facebook explains how ‘poking’ works in its help section, there is no clear explanation of the word ‘poke’. Nothing! The most common definition is a friendly ‘nudge’. However, this isn’t satisfactory.


David Kirkpatrick’s book The Facebook Effect discloses that Zuckerberg responded to a question on the meaning of poke by saying that they thought it would be fun to make a feature with no specific purpose. Zuckerberg added that people should go ahead and mess around with it because there would be no clear definition.


4. The Average Facebook User has around 130 Friends

How many friends do you have on Facebook currently? 300? 555? 1,200? Well, studies have shown that the average user has 130 friends and that women usually have more friends than men. In spite of this, people tend to interact regularly with four to seven people.


5. Checking of Facebook Accounts before Waking up

A survey conducted a while back indicated that 48 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds check their Facebook accounts every morning immediately after they wake up and 28 percent check their accounts even before getting out of bed.


6. A Facebook Employee Hoodie sold on eBay for about $4,000

Some time back, a typical Facebook employee hoodie was sold on eBay for a staggering $4,050. This was after almost 50 bidders battled for the precious commodity. Some people believed that the fact that Mark Zuckerberg was seen wearing the same hoodie at a certain conference and revealed its peculiar emblem to everyone made the price go up.


7. California is the most Social State

According to Facebakers, California is the most social state in the U. S. with more than 15 million Facebook users. This means that around 41 percent of the population is on this social media site. Texas follows with nine million while New York has eight million.


8. The Initial ‘Work Networks’ Included Microsoft and Apple

At first, as it is known, Facebook was confined to Harvard students, but later it expanded to other educational institutions. However, did you know that Facebook first went corporate with Apple and Microsoft in terms of official workplaces? Other companies in the first round included:

  • Intel
  • Amazon
  • Gap
  • Pepsi


It was not until September 2006, that all and sundry regardless of company association or school could join Facebook.


9. ‘Awesome’ instead of ‘Like’

Initially, Facebook engineers wanted to call the ‘like’ option ‘awesome.’ Eventually, they decided to stick with ‘like’.


10. More Than 350 Million People Suffer from Facebook Addiction Disorder

Facebook Addiction Disorder is a phrase coined by some U.S. psychologists. This phrase denotes those individuals who are addicted to Facebook and whose lives are affected by activities on the website. The most common outcomes of this disorder include:


• Failure to concentrate

• Withdrawal symptoms

• Loss of productivity

• Fake friendships


The above 10 points are just some of the various interesting facts about the social media platform, Facebook. How many others are you familiar with?


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