Facebook… A phenomenon, a revelation, a lifestyle, the eighth wonder of the world… I can just go on and might probably even run out of synonyms that will do justice to this 21st Century marvel. There are very few sites or companies that can boast the success Facebook enjoys… let’s see, Google, Microsoft, Amazon…? Hmmm, can’t think of too many sites that can compete with Facebook when it comes to popularity. Hell, it’s almost become a religion now (& I’m a follower I confess ). In the 5 years it has existed Facebook has changed the way people live. I’m afraid we live our lives through Facebook, for Facebook & with Facebook! It’s become so bad that I don’t think I can even remember the time when Facebook was not there!
All said & done Facebook is equal to oxygen for millions & millions of people (including me!) but do we know the journey it has gone through? Here are 10 Bizarre Facts about Facebook we ought to know…
1. More than 60 % of men and women have used Facebook to stalk their ex… & why not???
It’s like godsend for jilted ex-lovers who want to know each & everything their ex is doing after dumping them! Your ex will not know you’re following their every move & there’s no way you’ll get caught… perfect! No more public humiliation & so much information… ahem
2. ??? Pictures Uploaded Monthly on Facebook
I don’t know about other people but whenever I attend a party or go for a holiday I take lots of pictures. This may seem normal but what you don’t know is that many of these photos are being taken only to post on Facebook. I also know that I am not the only one doing it. Of course there was a time when we use to click snaps for memories but hard core Facebook users like me will tell you that is no longer the case.
So we all keep posting all our photos on Facebook to share with our friends but have you ever stopped to wonder how many pictures are uploaded monthly??? The answer is 1 Billion!! That means 333,333,333 photos every day! No wonder the site keeps getting stuck so many times… I don’t blame you Facebook!
3. Active users
Lets take a look at the number of active members in Facebook over the years. In Dec 2004 there were 1 million active users in Facebook which grew to 5.5 million in 2005, 12 million in 2006, 50 million in 2007, 100 million in 2008 & has increased to 250 million as of July 2009!!! That is a growth of 250% in 5 years. Really man, Facebook IS making the world a smaller place.
4. More than 30 million users update their status at least once each day
This is not so much about Facebook but about how people lose their mind sometimes on Facebook. We all know that Facebook allows you to update your Status… but some people really take it to another level! I just couldn’t leave these gems out; you have to see for yourself…
o … can speak French in Russian..
o …’s charm is so contagious that a vaccine was created for it.
o … thinks that a day without sunshine is like night.
o … is a lover not a fighter, but he’s also a fighter so don’t get any ideas.
o … is so broke that she’s going to KFC to lick other peoples fingers.
o … feels ashamed of his smoking but it’s better that I smoke this and let the dreams of the cigarette workers come true then to be selfish & worry about my lungs.
5. 85%+ of all college students use FACEBOOK and 70% of them log in EVERYDAY
Facebook is a favorite for all age groups but it seems that young people, especially the college going crowd have played a major role in making Facebook what it is. 85% of college students have Facebook profiles & 60-70% of them login daily or at least one a week. I reckon the college authorities should start having Facebook as a subject, what say people!
6. Facebook Hates Breastfeeding Mothers!
This is weird but had to be mentioned… Facebook apparently removes photos uploaded by mothers breastfeeding their babies; some accounts have even been deleted for this. Really Facebook?? I really don’t even want to know why!
7. Sorry Pal, We Don’t Like Your Name
Also, people with strange sounding names (e.g. Leboe’ or ‘Allien’) can have their FACEBOOK accounts deleted without any further explanation. These names could be genuine names & could mean anything in their local language! What can I say, all the Leboes & Alliens watch out for your Facebook account then!
8. It’s Addictive
Psychologists have introduced a diagnosis FAD (Facebook Addiction Disorder) as a new kind of addiction & I’m afraid I’m very close to it ? … actually, if you are reading this article I guess you are too!
9. Mark Zuckerberg, founder and owner of Facebook is the world’s youngest billionaire worth $1.5 billion & counting…you know what Mark you deserve it… for bringing Facebook into our lives! ?
10. A country that bans FACEBOOK!
Where? What? Why? These are the questions that come to your mind when you read the above statement right? Well, the country is Syria. It actually started as a precaution against some campaign which is said to promote false teachings about religion & war. However, some say that it was because of the government’s fear of people creating virtual societies & resulting in an uprising.
If I start collecting such crazy information about Facebook I’m afraid I’ll have to write an article like this every day for I don’t know how long. So I’ve decided not to go down that road … I’m happy just being a citizen of Facebook & expanding my world through it.
I’m sure that you had a great time reading about these amazing Facebook facts. It has been great having you read my post; I’ll try to get you more interesting articles like this in the future as well! Now let’s all get back to where we want to be most… Facebook, of course!!! Click here to share this link on your profile page in Facebook or you could even tweet this by clicking here!