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Sunday, October 03, 2010 at 1:22 PM Article by Naveen Bharadwaj 0 Comments






The Most Social State is California:

As far as Facebook goes, California is the most social state, with an amazing 15,267,160 users in the region. This amounts to a 41% penetration rate — pretty astounding that nearly half the state is connected via Facebook.
The next biggest user-base can be found in Texas with 9 million users, but it’s nowhere close to California. New York comes in third with 8 million.


Mark Zuckerberg Calls Himself a “Harvard Graduate”:

As you can see for yourself over at facebook.com/zuck, Mark Zuckerberg tells a little fib on his profile page. He lists himself as a “Harvard Graduate,” which simply isn’t true, as he dropped out to concentrate on getting Facebook up and running.
When a reporter confronted Zuckerberg with this little inconsistency, he said:
“That’s true. We don’t have a setting for dropout.”


The Average Facebook User Has 130 Friends:

How many Facebook friends do you have? To put your friend count in perspective, the average user has 130.Facebook’s official stats page is full of little gems like this, and more staggering stats, such as the fact that people spend over 500 billion minutes per month on Facebook, while the current active official user count now stands at over 500 million.
As far as Facebook the platform goes, over a million websites have integrated with Facebook, and more than 150 million people engage with Facebook on external websites every month.




The Meaning of the Term Poke Has Never Been Defined:

While Facebook explains how “poking” works on its help center, there’s no explanation to be found for the origin of the phrase. The most common definition is a friendly “nudge,” but the more flirtatious connotations cannot be ignored.
David Kirkpatrick reveals in The Facebook Effect that Zuckerberg once responded to a question about what a poke meant on the social networking site with:
“We thought it would be fun to make a feature that has no specific purpose… So mess around with it, because you’re not getting an explanation from us.”




The First “Work Networks” Included Apple and Microsoft:

Many of you may know about Facebook’s initial staggered rollout, where they started with Ivy League colleges before encompassing other educational institutions. But do you know who Facebook first went corporate with in terms of official work places?
In May 2006, Apple and Microsoft were among the first, as was Intel, EA and Amazon. Others in the first round also included Accenture, Gap, Intuit, Pepsi, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the non-profit organization Teach for America. It wasn’t until September 2006 that everyone, regardless of school or company affiliation, could join Facebook — and just over a year later the site hit 50 million active users.




One Early Facebook Function Was a File Sharing Service:

You won’t find this in the official Facebook timeline, but one of Facebook’s early add-ons was a peer-to-peer, or more technically friend-to-friend, file sharing service called Wirehog, developed alongside Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg and three others.
It launched in 2004 and is reported to have been planned as an integral FB feature. In 2005 Facebook was actively promoting the service and Zuckerberg told The Harvard Crimson ”I think Wirehog will probably spread in the same way that the facebook did.”
However, likely due to piracy concerns, Wirehog was axed in 2006 before Facebook got really big, although its photo-sharing functionality lives on in spirit.
If File Sharing feature was still available on Facebook, I cant imagine how outstanding FB would have been!




Al Pacino’s Face Was on the Original Facebook Homepage:



Prior to a major homepage redesign back in 2007, Facebook’s front page used to feature a man’s face partly obscured behind a cloud of binary code.
Dubbed the “Facebook guy,” it was not known who the mystery man was — until recently. David Kirkpatrick has revealed in his book The Facebook Effect that the image is a manipulated photo of Al Pacino created by a friend and classmate of Mark Zuckerberg.




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