- 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
- More than 2.5 billion pictures are uploaded to Facebook each month.f
- The average Facebook user has 130 friends and sends eight friend requests
- 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
- 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.i
- Facebook is not only beating MySpace traffic, but it is also the second-ranked
site overall in the U.S. behind Google.x
- Americans spend 13.9 billion minutes a year on Facebook and five billion
minutes on MySpace.x
- 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.m
|A woman slept with 50 men she met on her Facebook page titled “I
- In 2008, a 23-year-old woman named Lauren Michaels created a group titled “I
Need Sex” on Facebook. Within 10 minutes, she had 35 members and soon
attracted 100—50 of whom she eventually slept with. Facebook has since
removed her page.e
- An 18-year-old Wisconsin man posed as several different girls on Facebook
to blackmail underage male teens into performing sexual favors by coaxing
them to send nude photos of themselves. He could be facing up to 300 years in prison.ac
- Beacon, part of Facebook’s controversial advertisement system that
broadcasted information about a user’s shopping activity on other sites,
was the target of a class action lawsuit in 2009. The resulting settlement
required Facebook to pay $9.5 million into a settlement fund.l
- If Facebook were a country, it would be the fifth-largest country in the
world, after China, India, the U.S., and Indonesia.ag
- In 2009, an EMT at the crime scene took a cell phone picture of the body
of a New York woman who had been strangled and beaten and then posted it
on his Facebook profile. He was later arrested on charges of official misconduct
and was fired from his job.t
- The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales warned that Facebook
and MySpace can lead children to commit suicide because such sites encourage
teens to build transient relationships and dehumanize community life.af
- Facebook includes eating disorder groups such as “Get Thin or Die
Trying,” and “Quod me nutrit me destruit” (“What
nourishes me destroys me”). While such eating disorder sites were typically
anonymous on the Web, their growing presence on Facebook makes them more
public and accessible to more people.h
- 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.”l
- A 39-year-old Pennsylvania father was arrested for openly asking his 13-year-old
daughter for sex over Facebook.o
- While stressing that correlation does not equal causation, a recent poll
suggested that Facebook users have lower overall grades than non-users.m
- While initially created for college students, Facebook users over the age
26 now represent 60% of the total U.S. Facebook population.a
|The average user spends more than 55 minutes a day on Facebook
- 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.f
- Approximately 70% of Facebook users are outside the United States.ab
- Forbes dubbed 25-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, the creator/owner of Facebook,
as the world’s youngest billionaire, worth 1.5 billion.l
- Syria, China, Vietnam, and Iran have banned Facebook.l
- In December 2009, there were over 250 million active users on Facebook,
up from 1 million active users in December 2004.j
- Tim Sparapani, director of public policy at Facebook, stated that hundreds
of millions of people had never stopped and thought about the consequences
of sharing information online.u
- Information deemed public—such as profile pictures, names, cities,
and networks—are available to developers of any applications that Facebook
users or their Facebook friends use on the site.u
- The first person to invest in Facebook was the cofounder of PayPal, Peter
Thiel, who invested $500,000 in June 2004.k
- In 2005, East Asia’s richest man, Li Hu Shing, invested $120 million
dollars in Facebook.l
- In September 2009, Zuckerberg announced for the first time that Facebook
was cash flow positive, meaning Facebook made more money that it spent.c
- Lamebook.com is a regularly updated site that reposts “lame” and
funny Facebook user posts.q
- In Florida, the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee ruled that Florida judges
and lawyers should no longer “friend” each other on Facebook.p
|Women age 55 and older are Facebook’s fastest growing demographic
- Facebook’s fastest growing segment in the United States is women
55 years and older.z
- In May 2009, a Russian investment firm, Digital Sky Technologies, invested
$200 million in Facebook in return for a 1.96% stake in the Web site.l
- 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.k
- 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.”k
- When Facebook changed its privacy setting in December 2009, Zuckerberg’s
previously private photos—in which he was seen shirtless, holding a
teddy bear, and looking “plastered”—became public.u
- Both citizens and police departments are increasingly using Facebook to
catch suspected criminals.m
- A “gaydar” software program developed at MIT can reportedly identify gay men on Facebook, private profile or not.v
- In January 2009, an advertising campaign from Burger King titled “WHOPPER
Sacrifice” rewarded Facebook users a free “Angry Whopper” for
publicly deleting 10 friends, who would then receive a blunt message informing
they were deleted for a free hamburger.k
|U.S. Facebook users mirror the country’s ethnic population
- Eleven percent of Facebook’s 100 million U.S. users are African-American,
9% are Latino, and 6% are Asian, which is a fairly accurate reflection of
the U.S. general population.r
- A 20-year-old IBM employee in Canada lost sick leave benefits from her
insurer because her Facebook page showed “cheerful” photos while
she was on paid sick leave for depression.s
- Girls can be prone to anxiety and depression by talking too much to their
friends on Facebook. Called “co-rumination,” frequently discussing
the same problem can lead to an unhealthy obsession.n
- On July 1, 2009, shortly after Michael Jackson passed away, his page became
the most popular page on Facebook. Previously, the most popular person on
Facebook was U.S. President Obama with just over 6 million fans.w
- In Australia it is valid protocol to serve court notices to defendants
on Facebook. A summons posted on Facebook is legally binding.ad
- A site called Usocial offered to sell Facebook friends and fans to customers.
Even after receiving a Cease and Desist from Facebook, Usocial said it will
not shut down the service completely.d
- A Facebook post in December 2009 led to a kidney donation.b
- The ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation contend that Facebook’s
new “recommended” privacy settings serve Facebook more than
they serve the user.u
- 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.g
- In the United States, 54.7% of people ages 13 to 17 have a Facebook account.y
- There are more than 800,000 developers building applications for Facebook.u
-- Posted January 5, 2010
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