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  1. 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 day.f
  2. More than 2.5 billion pictures are uploaded to Facebook each month.f
  3. The average Facebook user has 130 friends and sends eight friend requests per month.f
  4. 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 searches.ae
  5. 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
  6. Facebook is not only beating MySpace traffic, but it is also the second-ranked site overall in the U.S. behind Google.x
  7. Americans spend 13.9 billion minutes a year on Facebook and five billion minutes on MySpace.x
  8. 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
  9. legs in bed
    A woman slept with 50 men she met on her Facebook page titled “I Need Sex”
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. If Facebook were a country, it would be the fifth-largest country in the world, after China, India, the U.S., and Indonesia.ag
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. A 39-year-old Pennsylvania father was arrested for openly asking his 13-year-old daughter for sex over Facebook.o
  19. While stressing that correlation does not equal causation, a recent poll suggested that Facebook users have lower overall grades than non-users.m
  20. While initially created for college students, Facebook users over the age 26 now represent 60% of the total U.S. Facebook population.a
  21. teenagers computer
    The average user spends more than 55 minutes a day on Facebook
  22. 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
  23. Approximately 70% of Facebook users are outside the United States.ab
  24. Forbes dubbed 25-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, the creator/owner of Facebook, as the world’s youngest billionaire, worth 1.5 billion.l
  25. Syria, China, Vietnam, and Iran have banned Facebook.l
  26. In December 2009, there were over 250 million active users on Facebook, up from 1 million active users in December 2004.j
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. The first person to invest in Facebook was the cofounder of PayPal, Peter Thiel, who invested $500,000 in June 2004.k
  30. In 2005, East Asia’s richest man, Li Hu Shing, invested $120 million dollars in Facebook.l
  31. In September 2009, Zuckerberg announced for the first time that Facebook was cash flow positive, meaning Facebook made more money that it spent.c
  32. Lamebook.com is a regularly updated site that reposts “lame” and funny Facebook user posts.q
  33. In Florida, the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee ruled that Florida judges and lawyers should no longer “friend” each other on Facebook.p
  34. elderly computer
    Women age 55 and older are Facebook’s fastest growing demographic
  35. Facebook’s fastest growing segment in the United States is women 55 years and older.z
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. Both citizens and police departments are increasingly using Facebook to catch suspected criminals.m
  41. A “gaydar” software program developed at MIT can reportedly identify gay men on Facebook, private profile or not.v
  42. 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
  43. teenagers diversity
    U.S. Facebook users mirror the country’s ethnic population
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. In Australia it is valid protocol to serve court notices to defendants on Facebook. A summons posted on Facebook is legally binding.ad
  49. 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
  50. A Facebook post in December 2009 led to a kidney donation.b
  51. The ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation contend that Facebook’s new “recommended” privacy settings serve Facebook more than they serve the user.u
  52. 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
  53. In the United States, 54.7% of people ages 13 to 17 have a Facebook account.y
  54. There are more than 800,000 developers building applications for Facebook.u

-- Posted January 5, 2010

References

a Angwin, Julia. 2009. Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America. New York, NY: RandomHouse.

b Earl, Chris. “Local Facebook Post Leads to Kidney Donation.” KCRGTVNews.com. December 16, 2009. Accessed: December 19, 2009.

c “Facebook ‘Cash Flow Positive’ Signs 300M Users.” CBCnews. September 16, 2009. Accessed: December 17, 2009.

d “Facebook Marketing Services.” Usocial,net. Accessed: December 21, 2009.

e “Facebook Sex Addict Slept with 50 Men.” Metro.co.uk. April 2, 2008. Accessed: December 19, 2009.

f “Facebook Statistics.” Facebook.com. Accessed: December 18, 2009.

g Hafner, Katie. “To Deal with Obsession, Some Unfriend Facebook.” TheNewYorkTimes.com. December 20, 2009. Accessed: December 20, 2009.

h Head, Jacqueline. “Seeking ‘thinspiration.’” BBCNews.com. August 8, 2007. Accessed: December 20, 2009.

i Hechinger, John. “College Applicants, Beware: Your Facebook Page Is Showing.” TheWallStreetJournal.com. September 2008. Accessed: December 17, 2009.

j Hesse, Monica. “Worldwide Ebb for Facebook.” TheWashingtonPost.com. October 19, 2009. Accessed: December 19, 2009.

k Heussner, Ki Mae. “‘Unfriend’ or ‘Defriend?’” Facebook Fans Debate. ABCNews.com. November 17, 2009.

l Hoffman, Claire. “The Battle for Facebook.” RollingStone.com. June 26, 2006. Accessed: December 19, 2009.

m Hsu, Jeremy. “Facebook Users Get Worse Grades in College.” LiveScience.com. April 13, 2009. Accessed: December 18, 2009.

n Irvine, Chris. “Excessive Chatting on Facebook Can Lead to Depression in Teenage Girls.” Telegraph.co.uk. January 31, 2009. Accessed: December 10, 2009.

o “John Forehand: Man Asked Teen Daughter for Sex on Facebook.” HuffingtonPost.com. October 12, 2009. Accessed: December 20, 2009.

p “Judges Told to ‘Unfriend’ Attorneys on Facebook.” BostonHerald.com. December 12, 2009. Accessed: December 20, 2009.

q Lamebook.com. Accessed: January 5, 2009.

r Leggatt, Helen. “New Facebook Data Illustrates the Socnet’s Ethnic Diversity.” BizReport.com. December 17, 2009. Accessed: December 20, 2009.

s Matyszczyk, Chris. “IBM Staffer Posts Pics on Facebook, Loses Benefits.” CNETNews.com. November 24, 2009. Accessed: December 20, 2009.

t Miller, Joshua. “Graphic Photo Posted on Facebook at Center of Pending Lawsuit.” FoxNews.com. July 29, 2009. Accessed: December 19, 2009.

u Miller, Patrick. “Protect Your Privacy with the New Facebook Settings.” MSN.com. Accessed: December 19, 2009.

v More, Matthew. “Gay Men ‘Can Be Identified by Their Facebook Friends.’” Telegraph.co.uk. September 21, 2009. Accessed: December 20, 2009.

w O’Neill, Nick. “Will Michael Jackson Become the Most Popular Person on Facebook?” AllFacebook.net (AllFacebook: The Unofficial Facebook Resource). July 1, 2009. Accessed: December 15, 2009.

x Oshiro, Dana. “How Facebook Beat MySpace: From College Dorm to Platform.” ReadWriteWeb.com. September 9, 2009. Accessed: December 20, 2009.

y Popkin, Helen A.S. “Facebook's Fantasy Games Cost More Than Time.” MSNBC.com.  November 6, 2009. Accessed: December 20, 2009.

z Smith, Justin. “Number of U.S. Facebook Users over 35 Nearly Doubles in Last 60 Days.” InsideFacebook.com. March 25, 2009. Accessed: December 20, 2009.

ab Stross, Randall. 2009. Planet Google: One Company’s Audacious Guide to Organize Everything We Know. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.

ac “Teen’s Facebook Sex Scam.” CBSNews.com. February 6, 2009. Accessed: December 18, 2009.

ad Towell, Noel. “Lawyers to Serve Notices on Facebook.” Theage.com.au. December 16, 2008. Accessed: December 20, 2009.

ae Whitney, Lance. “Sex, Porn, Jacko Top Kid’s Searches in 2009.” CNET.com. December 18, 2009. Accessed: December 20, 2009.

af Wynne-Jones, Jonathan. “Facebook and MySpace Can Lead Children to Commit Suicide, Warns Archbishop Nichols.” Telegraph.co.uk. August 1, 2009. Accessed: December 20, 2009.

ag Zuckerberg, Mark. “A Great Start to 2009.” Facebook.com. January 7, 2009. Accessed: December 30, 2009.