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Facebook: Interesting Facts, Figures and Trivia

Facebook has had an incredible journey of success.
Samyak Lalit | February 24, 2012 (Last update: April 24, 2021)

Samyak Lalit is an Indian author and disability rights activist. He is the principal author and founder of projects like TechWelkin, WeCapable, Viklangta, Kavita Kosh among many others.

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Facebook has had an incredible journey of success.

Here are some the interesting facts about Facebook, the biggest online social network in the world.

  1. Founders: Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes
  2. Mark Zuckerberg designed Facebook in blue color because he is colorblind.
  3. User base: Over one billion active users (February 2012)
  4. 483 million daily active users on average (December 2011)
  5. About 1 in every 11 people on Earth is on Facebook
  6. Headquarters: 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, California, 94025
  7. Employees: Over 3000
  8. Facebook is available in more than 70 languages.
  9. Board Members:
    • Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Facebook
    • Marc Andreessen, Co-founder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
    • Jim Breyer, Partner, Accel Partners
    • Donald E. Graham, Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company
    • Reed Hastings, Chairman and CEO, Netflix
    • Erskine Bowles, President Emeritus, the University of North Carolina
    • Peter Thiel, Partner, Founders Fund
  10. 48% of people (of 18 to 34 years age group) check Facebook right when they wake up
  11. 41.6% of the U.S. population had a Facebook account (April 2010)
  12. Within 20 minutes, on Facebook:
    • 1 million links are shared
    • 1.484 million event invites are sent
    • 1.972 million friend requests are accepted
    • 1.323 million photos are tagged
    • 1.851 million status updates are made
    • 2.716 million photos are uploaded
    • 2.716 million messages are sent
    • 10.2 million comments are posted
    • 1.587 million wall posts are written
  13. Relationship status of users (in 2010):
    • Single: 43,869,800
    • Married: 36,774,881
    • Engaged: 5,974,574
    • It’s complicated: 3,025,791
    • In a relationship: 28,460,516
  14. Facebook users install 20 million FB applications every day
  15. Per month more than 250 million people engage with Facebook from external websites (like button, like box etc.)
  16. About 10,000 new websites install Facebook social plugins every day
  17. 250 million users access Facebook via mobiles
  18. People who access Facebook via mobiles are twice as active on Facebook as the users who access via computers
  19. More than 200 mobile operators in 60 countries support and promote Facebook
  20. A record 750 million photos were uploaded over New Year’s weekend (2010)
  21. 57% people talk more on Facebook than they do in real life
  22. Like many other big corporate companies, Facebook also offers its employees three free meals a day. Drinks and snacks are also available free of cost. The menu of the meals is also available on Facebook. For this you would need to install the “Lunchtime” Facebook app which shows a weekly view menu being offered to Facebook employees.
  23. In the beginning, face of Al Pacino used to be part of Facebook website’s header.
  24. Info section of Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page used to says that he is a graduate from Harvard University whereas the fact is that he dropped out in the middle of his course. But because Facebook does not have any option for saying you are a drop-out –Zuckerberg prefers to call himself a graduate! (Lately, Mark changed it from Harvard Graduate to Harvard Alumni)
  25. eBay auctioned a hoodie (hooded jacket) given to Facebook employees for more than $4000
  26. Facebook employees get four week’s vacation a eight company holidays.
  27. Do you find a Facebook “poke” irritating? Well, Facebook is yet to define what a poke means! They just use this word. A poke could range from “a friendly nudge” to….. well, let your imagination fly!
  28. The average Facebook user has about 130 friends
  29. Chris Putnam is a fictional Facebook engineer.
  30. There is a hidden Easter Egg in Facebook chat. If you type :putnam: and press enter in Facebook chat, Chris Putnam’s “face” appears.
  31. Apple and Microsoft were among the first Work Networks that were included in Facebook.
  32. Initially, one of the main objectives of Facebook was to act as a File Sharing service.
  33. Until 2009, Facebook had one more Easter Egg. After logging in, you would type the Konami code; circles and flash would appear whenever you would make a click on Facebook page. Konami code is this sequence of keystrokes: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right B, A. Now this Easter Egg has been removed.
  34. 31% of Facebook pages have less than 32 fans. 25% pages have between 32 to 256 fans. That means 56% Facebook pages have less than 256 fans!
  35. At 12,406; pages under “Musicians and Bands” category have the highest average fan count.
  36. Politicians’ pages are the most talked about (average number of people talking is 415)
  37. 82% pages have less than 5 posts per month
  38. Owners of pages in “Saloons and Spa” category participate most actively in conversations, at 17%.

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