Facebook clocked 11 today, and it’s a bigger part of our lives than ever. We spend our free time scrolling through friends and friends of friends’ photos from years gone by. And we post details about our most important – and not so important – moments. In short, it’s been a love-hate relationship through the years.
Mark wrote about Facebook’s birthday anniversary on his profile a few hours ago, calling it a day of “friendship”.
To join Mark in celebrating Facebook’s Birthday and #friendsday, we took a look at some fascinating and remarkable facts about the social media giant. Here are 11 of them:
1. Facebook was launched on Feb4 2004. It took about 10 months to have 1 million users and another 10 years to reach the 1 billion users landmark.
As at December 31, 2014, it had the following statistics:
- 890 million daily active users on average for December 2014
- 745 million mobile daily active users on average for December 2014
- 1.39 billion monthly active users as of December 31, 2014
- 1.19 billion mobile monthly active users as of December 31, 2014
- Approximately 82.4% of our daily active users are outside the US and Canada.
2. Facebook has the same amount of monthly users (1.39 billion) as China—the world’s most populous country— has people.
3. Facebook used to be called Thefacebook. Former president Sean Parker helped it buy the domain Facebook.com for $200,000.
3. There are more than one trillion posts on Facebook.
4. YouTube founder Steve Chen spent a few weeks working at Facebook before leaving to start YouTube.
5. At 1.39 billion, Facebook has more monthly active users than WhatsApp (500 million), Twitter (284 million) and Instagram (200 million)—combined (it owns Instagram and WhatsApp, to boot). The social giant spent $20 billion over the last two years on WhatsApp and Instagram.
6. More than 1.1 billion people use Facebook on a mobile device on a monthly basis. That’s 1/7 of the people on planet Earth.
7. Facebook’s mobile platform includes at least ten applications: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Facebook Pages Manager, Paper, Slingshot, Instagram, WhatsApp, Bolt, Rooms and Moves.
Photograph by Justine Hunt — Boston Globe/Getty Images via:Fortune
8. Facebook also found out that the longest distance that separates two friends who are from the same hometown is about 20,000 kilometers.
9. Facebook has 1 billion more users than Twitter has.
10. Facebook engineers originally wanted to call the “Like” button the “Awesome” button.
11. Sean Parker also convinced Mark Zuckerberg to add photo sharing, now the site’s most popular feature, to Facebook. Zuckerberg initially resisted.