Social Media colossus Facebook today celebrates its tenth birthday. Happy Birthday, Facebook.Here are ten facts about Facebook that you should know:
1. Some users dislike certain aspects of Facebook, but fear of missing out on social activities (or “FOMO”) isn’t one of them.
2. There are currently more than 1.25billion Facebook users across the world with more than 33million of them in the UK.
3. The original Facebook website had an image of a man’s face on it. Dubbed the “Facebook guy” it was recently revealed that the photo was actually Hollywood legend Al Pacino.4. On average, users spend 20 minutes per day on Facebook. If you want to know just how many hours you’ve wasted on the social site, there’s even a calculator that will work it out.
5. Four days after Facebook went live it had just 650 users. On September 14, 2012, the team at Facebook watched the one-billionth user sign up.6. Around 78% of all traffic to Facebook comes from our smartphones and we upload around 350million photos to the site every day.
7. Steve Chen, internet entrepeneur worked at Facebook for a few months before quitting to set up a small website called YouTube!8. In 2011 Iceland used Facebook to rewrite their constitution. The draft of the new constitution was uploaded on the social media site by the council to allow users to make suggestions and amendments.ce.
9. According to the Guinness Book of Records, on March 30, 2013, Guru Shri Rajendraji Maharaj Jaap Club (India) achieved the most comments ever made on a Facebook post. A whopping 15,626,405 people decided to have their say on his page.10. Aged 22, Zuckerberg turned down Yahoo’s $1bn (£612m) offer to buy Facebook. “I don’t know what I could do with the money. I’d just start another social networking site. I kind of like the one I already have,” said Zuckerberg. A smart decision, as the company is now worth over $150bn (£90bn)
Zuckerberg spoke last week of the tenth anniversary: “It’s important for me, because I’m a really critical person,” he says at Facebook’s sprawling corporate campus in Menlo Park, Calif. “I always kind of see how I want things to be better, and I’m generally not happy with how things are, or the level of service that we’re providing for people, or the quality of the teams that we built. But if you look at this objectively, we’re doing so well on so many of these things. I think it’s important to have gratitude for that.”