While everyone knows how this social networking site originated behind the doors of a Harvard Room, there is more behind the face of Facebook…
Read on these fun facts..
1.) Facebook first went corporate with Apple and Microsoft.
Thanks to the movie social network everyone now knows that facebook started with Ivy League colleges and educational institutions. But very few know that it went corporate with the companies Apple and Microsoft in May 2006. Others in the first round also included Accenture, Gap, Intuit, Pepsi, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the non-profit organization Teach for America, Intel and Amazon. It was only after September 2006 that everyone, regardless of school or company affiliation, could join Facebook.
2.) Al Pacino’s Face was on the Original Facebook Homepage
Before Facebook redesigned its Homepage back in 2007, it used to feature a man’s face partly obscured behind a cloud of binary code on its front page.
Dubbed the “Facebook guy,” it was not known who the mystery man was — until recently. David Kirkpatrick recently 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.
3.) Hidden Easter Eggs
Facebook once boasted a funny Konami Code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, enter) that changed the background of the site to display colorful circles and light flares.
Finally, there’s the “Chris Putnam,” a Facebook Chat Easter egg that still works today. To test it out, when in chat type in :Putnam, hit enter and see the hidden egg.
4.) Facebook has never explained the Term “Poke”
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.
As Zuckerberg himself had 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.”
5.) The Average Facebook User Has 130 Friends
While the current active official user count now stands at over 500 million, the average user has 130. Facebook’s official stats page and people spend over 500 billion minutes per month on Facebook.
6.) California is Huge on Facebook
As far as Facebook goes, California (home of Silicon Valley) is the most social state, with an amazing 15,267,160 users in the region, according to Facebakers. This means 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.
7.) An App to See What’s on the Facebook Cafe Menu
Like at Google, Facebook staffers get three free meals a day (as well as free drinks and snackage) served up by the “Facebook Culinary Team”.
If the staff want to know what’s on the menu, they don’t need to leave their seats. In fact, they don’t even need to leave their Facebook profiles — the “Lunchtime” Facebook app offers a weekly view of what’s being offered and it looks very interesting.
8.) Mark Zuckerberg Calls Himself a “Harvard Graduate”
At facebook.com/zuck (the personalized URL Zuckerberg nabbed for himself), Mark Zuckerberg lists himself as a “Harvard Graduate,” which by now everyone knows isn’t true, as he dropped out to concentrate on getting Facebook up and running.
When he was once confronted about this on the 60 minutes show he said, “That’s true. We don’t have a setting for dropout.”
Well, a suggestion to Mr. Zuckerberg, you kind of have the power to make that happen.
9.) A Facebook Employee Hoodie Sold for $4,000 on eBay
A Facebook Employee Hoodie is a collectible now. It recently sold on eBay for a whopping $4,050 with nearly 50 bidders battling it out to win the auction and considering the fact that it had not touched Zuckerberg skin, it’s an astonishing amount.
10.) Facebook once had a File Sharing Service
Though one can’t find information about this on official Facebook timeline, but one of Facebook’s early add-ons was a friend-to-friend, file sharing service called Wirehog, developed alongside Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg and three others.
It was 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 thefacebook 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.