10 Shocking Facts About Facebook
"Blue is the richest color for me. I can see all of blue", Zuckerberg told in an interview with New Yorker reporter Jose Antonio Vargas. Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind, so blue is the easiest color for him to see. Additionally, Facebook has always been pretty monochromatic since from the beginning he has wanted the site to remain as simple as possible. But this didn't prevent it from being world's largest social networking site with over a billion users.
#9. A place to walk out on your love
Over 25 percent of users have already been dumped via Facebook. In June 2010, a survey of 1,000 Facebook users, 70 percent of whom were male, found that 25 percent had been "dumped" via Facebook. And twenty-one percent of those surveyed said they would end a relationship by changing their Facebook relationship statuses to single.
It is too shocking how easy a platform the Facebook has become where you can dump someone by just changing your relationship status from 'committed' to 'single'.
#8. Iceland used Facebook to rewrite its constitution!
In 2011, Iceland finally took on the task of rewriting its constitution after following Danish constitution by making minor changes. In the process government took help of the most popular social media in the country: Facebook (The other social medias like Twitter, Flickr and YouTube were also used). Two thirds of Iceland’s population (approximately 320,000) is on Facebook, so the constitutional council used Facebook to rewrite its constitution where citizens could use the social network to make their own suggestions, engage in online debates, or follow the proceedings in real-time.
#7 About 80 percent of prostitutes have Facebook pages
When you hit a Graph Search button for a porn star, there is a greater chance that the search directing you to the stars Facebook page. About 80 percent of the prostitutes have Facebook pages according to Columbia University sociology professor Sudhir Venkatesh. He said that the social giant has become an alternate and fitted option for prostitutes after Craigslist got rid of the "adult services" category.
Venkatesh found that only one out of every four prostitutes get regular clients from Facebook in 2008, while escort agencies provided about 31 percent.
The professor's revelations about Facebook and prostitutes appears as a sidebar to a larger Wired report on New York City prostitutes, based on more than a decade of research. His studies began before the advent of social media, so he incorporated Facebook into the research after it was well under way.
#6. Marriages are made in heaven but can break on Facebook
Facebook is getting infamous as a marriage killer- about one in five American divorces now involve Facebook, according to a new survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Previously the reasons for the divorces use to be the tell tale signs like lipstick mark on collar or the give away text messages in mobile phones, but now, it is due to what it is called as Facebook flings- with flirty messages and photographs found on the site, that are increasingly being cited as proof of unreasonable behavior or irreconcilable differences.
A staggering 80 per cent of divorce lawyers have also reported a spike in the number of cases that use social media for evidence of cheating, according to the report. Many cases revolve around social media users who get back in touch with old flames they hadn't heard from in many years.
Facebook was by far the biggest offender, with 66 per cent of lawyers citing it as the primary source of evidence in a divorce case. MySpace followed with 15 per cent, Twitter at 5 per cent and other choices lumped together at 14 per cent.
#5. A couple got killed for unfriending a guy on Facebook
This bizarre crime happened in Tennessee, USA. A couple named Billy Clay Payne Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth one's decided to unfriend a woman, named Jenelle Porter. But it did not go down well with Jenelle's father, who retaliated the act by killing both the couple sparing their 8 months old baby. Then there was also a similar case where a man hit his wife for not "Liking" his Facebook post about his mother's death and a woman set a friend's garage on fire.
#4. Adding number 4 to the end of Facebook's URL will automatically direct you to Mark Zuckerberg's wall
If you add /4 to the end of Facebook's URL, it will automatically direct you to its founder's wall page. Why Zuckerberg chose 4 instead of 1 is unknown but if you add the numerals like 5 and 6, it will direct you to the other co-founders, Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz. Tacking a 7 onto the web address leads to the profile of Arie Hasit, another good friend of Zuckerberg from his days at Harvard. To see the first few registered profiles of other Facebook employees, you can try out other numbers.
#3. Hack Facebook and end up with $500 in your hand
If you can hack Facebook you may end up making $500. "If you believe you have found a security vulnerability on Facebook, we encourage you to let us know right away. We will investigate all legitimate reports and do our best to quickly fix the problem", states Facebook page on information.
"To show our appreciation for our security researchers, we offer a monetary bounty for certain qualifying security bugs", Facebook adds. The bounty talked here is a minimum of $500, "There is no maximum reward: each bug is awarded a bounty based on its severity and creativity". Before you hack the site, you have to follow a set of conditions laid by Facebook.
#2. Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD)
The era of text messaging being the biggest teenage obsession was gone. And so long gone are the days where the biggest worries for parents were celebrity crushes, massive phone bills from ridiculously long phone calls and chocolate overloads. Now it obsession is all about Facebook.
An American psychologist believes that FAD, or Facebook Addiction Disorder, is a condition that is defined by hours spent on Facebook, so much time in fact that the healthy balance of the individual's life is affected. It has been said that approximately 350 million people are suffering from the disorder.
#1. Al Pacino was the first "face" on Facebook
If you are a long term Facebook user, than you would have come across a sad-looking blue guy on Facebook's homepage who used to stare you down every time you went to log in. They did away with him in 2007; anyway according to David Kirkpatrick's The Facebook Effect , it turns out that that guy in the logo, created by Zuckerberg's friend and classmate Andrew McCollum, was none other than a young Al Pacino "covered with a fog of ones and zeros — the elementary components of digital media".
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