50 Unknown Facts About Facebook

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Arguably the most popular social networking site in the world, Facebook, since its launch in 2004 has taken the world by storm. The website now has over 2.5 billion monthly active users and is now a parent company to popular apps such as Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus, making Facebook one of the most successful companies in the world. And though the company has been massively successful, it has seen its fair share of controversies and interesting things, that not everyone knows about. In this article, we will be looking at some of the unknown facts you might have not known about this Social Media Juggernaut.

Unknown Facts About Facebook

  1. The co-founder of PayPal Peter Thiel was the first major investor to back Facebook, as he invested $500,000 into the young company in 2004. Thiel later sold his stake in the company for more than $1 billion.1 Unknown Facts About Facebook
  2. Mark Zuckerberg’s First Idea Was a Site Called Facemash where users could compare people’s faces. His idea however didn’t impress Harvard’s administrators, and his project was shut down and he was threatened with expulsion.
  3. One of the major reasons why Facebook’s primary color scheme is blue is because Mark Zuckerberg suffers from red-green colorblindness.
  4. The popular like button that the site boasts was actually supposed to be the ‘Awesome’ button, but the idea was scrapped by Zuckerberg in 2007, and they settled for the like button.
  5. Facebook stores approximately 300 PETABYTES of user data on its servers. To put that in comparison, The entire written works of humankind, in every known from the dawn of recorded history, would occupy approximately 50 petabytes.2 Unknown Facts About Facebook
  6. Facebook’s user base grows by eight people per second, or 7,246 people every 15 minutes.
  7. Facebook Is the Third Most Popular Site in the World after Google and YouTube.
  8. Facebook’s Early Years Were Rough, as soon after the launch of the website, Zuckerberg found himself surrounded by legal troubles as fellow Harvard students Divya Narendra, Cameron Winklevoss, and Tyler Winklevoss sued him for allegedly stealing their idea. The case finally ended after Zuckerberg paid Divya Narendra and the Winklevoss brothers $65 million.
  9. 71% of Americans Use Facebook, making it the most popular social networking site.
  10. Over 350 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every single day, and Facebook Users Have Uploaded over 250 Billion Photos.
  11. More than half of Facebook accounts are set in a non-English language. Facebook has over 100 languages to choose from.
  12. In April 2020, over 98% of active user accounts worldwide accessed Facebook via mobile phone.
  13. 88% of Facebook Users Created an Account to Stay in Touch with Family & Friends. 33 % made an account for entertainment purposes and 23% made an account to get news.
  14. The Average Daily Time People Spend on Facebook Is 58 Minutes.4 Unknown Facts About Facebook
  15. Facebook is extremely popular among marketers, as 86.3% of marketers use Facebook to promote a brand.
  16. Due to the popularity, impact, and cost-effectiveness of Facebook ads, there are now more than 2 million active advertisers on Facebook.
  17. You Can Download a Copy of Everything You’ve Ever Done on Facebook by going to Settings, then Your Facebook Information, then Downloading Your Information. You’ll get a copy of every post you shared, every chat conversation, and everything you’ve ever done.
  18. To Find Out How Much Time You Spend on Facebook, Click on the More menu, then go to Settings and Privacy. From there, you’ll find Your Time on Facebook.
  19. You cannot block Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook
  20. There are over 30 Million dead people on Facebook. Scary!
  21. Over 600k hacking attempts are made on Facebook everyday.
  22. In Britain, a woman was given 20 months in jail for creating fake Facebook profiles to send abusive messages to herself.5 Unknown Facts About Facebook
  23. Every minute, 1.8 million new “likes” are made on Facebook.
  24. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes home salary of just US$ 1.
  25. Facebook is estimated to spend US$30 million a month on hosting alone.
  26. Around 8.7% of all Facebook users are fake.
  27. Facebook earns an average of US$ 5.85 from every U.S. user.
  28. According to a study, 1 in 3 people feels more dissatisfied with their lives after visiting Facebook.
  29. The success of Facebook made Zuckerberg became a billionaire by the age of 236 Unknown Facts About Facebook
  30. Al Pacino, American actor was the first face of the Facebook. The Site displayed a header image featuring a man’s face obscured behind the binary code. The identity of the man could not be seen clearly, but it later came to light that the face was that of acclaimed actor Al Pacino.
  31. Iceland rewrote its constitution through Facebook as its citizens could engage in the process and put their views forward.
  32. The average (mean) number of friends is 338, and the median (midpoint) number of friends is 200.
  33. Facebook takes up 22% of the internet time Americans spend on mobile devices, compared with 11% on Google search and YouTube combined.
  34. Facebook generates 4 new petabytes of data per day.
  35. Facebook generates $1.4 million in revenue every hour
  36. Nearly 73% of Facebook’s ad revenue comes from mobile advertising7 Unknown Facts About Facebook
  37. 31% of US senior citizens are on Facebook
  38. People spend 927 million hours a month playing Facebook games
  39. With more than 122 million likes, Portugese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is the most liked person on Facebook.
  40. Through Facebook Fundraisers and Donate Buttons, people have raised over $1 billion for the causes they care about.
  41. When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot on May 19, 2018, 42 million people posted about the royal wedding on Facebook.
  42. Facebook has 43,030 full-time employees as of September 2019
  43. You can change your language on Facebook to “Pirate.
  44. Facebook tracks which sites you visit, even AFTER you have signed out.
  45. In 2018, Facebook generated US$55.8 billion in revenue, up 37% from 2017.
  46. Facebook, Twitter and The New York Times have been blocked in China since 2009.
  47. A third of all divorce filings of 2011 in the U.S. contained the word “Facebook.”6 Unknown Facts About Facebook
  48. So many Facebook photos and videos are uploaded via mobile that it takes up 27% of upstream web traffic.
  49. Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg donated US$1 billion to charity in 2013, making him the biggest charitable donor in the U.S.
  50. Facebook loses almost US$25,000 for every minute it’s down.

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