Facebook Facts (some of which) You Probably Didn’t Know

by JD Rucker on June 13, 2010

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Love it or hate it, you have probably heard of Facebook. You have visited the site, seen if it’s for you, and made the decision to either try it out or dismiss it as a fad or worthless time-drain.

Regardless of your feelings, here are some facts that are interesting to some, unknown by most, and will enhance your knowledge of the largest social network in the world.

  1. Facebook was originally bankrolled by a co-founder of Paypal for $500,000
  2. There is evidence that founder Mark Zuckerberg stole many of the ideas and much of the code from ConnectU. They sued Facebook and settled for an undisclosed amount.
  3. 400,000,000 people log into their profile at least once a month
  4. Half of those people log in every day.
  5. 70% of Facebook users live outside of the US.
  6. 44.1% of Denmark has an active Facebook profile.
  7. Only Google gets more traffic.
  8. Yahoo! tried to buy Facebook in 2006 for $1,000,000,000.
  9. 8,300,000,000 hours are spent on Facebook monthly.
  10. The fastest growing demographic in America on Facebook: Women 55+.
  11. FAD is a mental disorder – Facebook Addiction Disorder. FAD. Ironic.
  12. Court notices and summons sent through Facebook are legal and binding in Australia.

For a visual depiction of this and more interesting facts, check out this infographic below.

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Facebook: Facts You Probably Didn't Know
[Source: Online PhD Programs]

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modular homes June 14, 2010 at 2:37 am

It’s very excited me!, I have usually spend time on Facebook many times a week as your article with 70% visitor not in US. I am Thai.

I think, Facebook is one of empowered social tools for business owner should not be missed.

max BC June 14, 2010 at 3:37 am

“Facebook Addiction Disorder. FAD. Ironic.”
This is not ironic.

Jose Valentino June 14, 2010 at 9:32 am

Point 12 is wrong (or at the very least misleading). There was a Federal Court case where substituted service was allowed by notifying the other party via Facebook, however this was the only case.

As an example, here is regulation 101 of the Magistrates Court (Civil Proceeding Rules) 2005, a Western Australian piece of legislation. The following section defines exactly how documents can be served, this regulation does allow a party to be served via Facebook IF they consent to that method of service, (on a side note, if someone wants to serve a document by email or fax, the document can only be served in such a manner if the other party has provided an email address or fax number to the court):

101. How documents may be served
(1) Unless personal service is required under these rules, if a person
wants to serve a document on someone, the person must do
so —
(a) by delivering it, or sending it by pre-paid post —
(i) if an address has been provided under rule 102,
to that address; or
(ii) if an address has not been provided under
rule 102, to the party’s usual or last known place
of residence or principal or last known place of
business, as the case may be;
or
(b) subject to the Magistrates Court (General) Rules 2005,
by email or fax.
(2) In order to serve a document on someone personally, a person
must do so in accordance with Division 2.
(3) Nothing in this rule prevents a person from consenting to being
served in a manner other than in accordance with this rule.

Brian June 14, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Facebook: By The Numbers
http://www.vimeo.com/11971453
An animated infographic about Facebook.

EstateYard.com June 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm

lol @ Yahoo trying to buy Facebook. That’s one hell of an offer even for 2006!

john June 14, 2010 at 1:44 pm

“11. FAD is a mental disorder – Facebook Addiction Disorder. FAD. Ironic.”

That’s not what ironic means.

Mark M June 14, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Things that you really don’t know about FACEBOOK. @ http://www.diretube.com/article.html

DAVE June 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

thats pretty cool :D
ah well, back to facebook.

Aden June 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Pretty crazy. Though I’m trying to spend less time on facebook.

alansky June 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm

People are spending 8.3 billion hours a month reading and writing drivel on Facebook??? No wonder the world is going to the wolves.

Texas Social Media June 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Good info! FB is now ahead of Google in traffic numbers.

John Haydon June 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Yeah – Facebook beat Google for number of visits effective January of 2010.

Uncle Fishbits June 15, 2010 at 7:36 pm

That didn’t work. Well it was quite a lovely pic.

anyhoo… no one gets ironic. It can’t exist in the real world. It’s precisely what it *can not* do.

Joris June 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I love useless information :) I especially liked 6 (Denmark) and 12 (Australia)

test January 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm

do you post this live?

Nzube January 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Nice to read this – there is another summary here on how FB started http://blog.amoo.co.uk/2010/09/technology-venture-facebook.html
@amootweets

uhhgkgykjghyug;i February 9, 2011 at 11:09 am

facebook isnt useless but it is also addicting :-)

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