10 Facebook facts you probably didn’t know on the day it celebrates its 10th birthday



by Simon Henry @simlington

  1. Ten years ago, I watched crap TV. Now I read crap Facebook status updates.
  2. Over 80 million of its accounts are officially recognised as fakes. It’s not known how many of the remaining billion contain much truth.
  3. Rihanna is the person with the most fans – over 84 million. One of those internet statistics that make you feel depressed, however upbeat you were before you were told it.
  4. Spongebob Squarepants is the most popular underwater, sponge-based cartoon character, with 46 million fans.
  5. Facebook started a “trending” service for some countries (including the UK) in mid-January 2014. I can’t think where they got this idea from.
  6. Mark Zuckerberg owns over $40 billion-worth of Facebook shares. That’s about the GDP of Costa Rica.
  7. You should be over 13 years old to register as a Facebook user. Although I know a two-year-old whose posts are some of the most eloquent among my ‘friends’.
  8. Facebook has fewer than 6,000 employees. The NHS employs 1.7 million people. Facebook has a better PR team.
  9. The most popular thing people do on Facebook is upload pictures. Clicking the Like button only comes in sixth. I like this.
  10. Half of 18 to 24-year-olds go on to Facebook as soon as they wake up in the morning. So do I – unfortunately I’m 43.

If you enjoyed this, you may enjoy my post about why Failure is often better than success. Or just have a browse around – there should be something that makes you a bit happier.

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Copyright Simon Henry @simlington 2014


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