20 August

Facebook is considered one of the most used social media across the globe. There are over 2.5 billion humans within the world who use Facebook. There has been a boom in Facebook customers by 22 percent last year. We all spent a lot of time on this amazing social networking site. Forty-eight percent of humans aged among eighteen and thirty-four take a look at their Facebook account first thing in the morning. An average individual spends 8-12 minutes on Facebook. Every twenty minutes, more than one million links are shared, a million requests are sent, and close to three million messages are exchanged. Roughly, 350 million pictures are uploaded, 4.5 billion likes are registered. Average Facebook users have a hundred thirty friends. It additionally created some problems like teenagers get addicted to Facebook, it leads to wastage of time, etc. But, are you aware of some less known facts about Facebook which are listed below?


1)The Blue Colour Of Facebook :

We all have observed the blue colour of Facebook. But do you know the reason behind it? Well, Mark Zuckerberg has red-green colourblindness. This means the colour he can see the best is the colour blue. When he had to design Facebook, he chose colours that he could see i.e blue and white. Zuckerberg also stated that “Blue is the richest colour for me- I can see all of blue.”


2)The Story Behind The “Like” Button:

During looking at the posts and pictures of our friends and family, we all have used the button of ‘like’ to like their pictures. But do you know this ‘like’ button wasn’t always a part of Facebook? The ‘like’ button wasn’t introduced on the site until February 2009 which is five years later the site was launched. Also, the ‘like’ button was going to be initially called the ‘Awesome’ button. Few other suggestions were “I’d tap that”, “oh yeah” etc which were rejected.


3)Dead People’s Profile Could Outnumber The Living People’s Profile:

There are nearly over 50 million profiles of dead people on Facebook. 10,000 Facebook users die each day. Soon, Facebook will be filled with the profiles of more dead people and fewer living people. Also, several people have been murdered for unfriending someone on Facebook.


4) Mark Zuckerberg Was Not The Only Founder Of Facebook And He Earns $1 A Year:

Yes, you read it right. Mark Zuckerberg along with his fellow students at Harvard College founded Facebook. Not many people know this fact. Names of his fellow students are Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Chris Hughes. Originally, they named this particular social networking site as “The Facebook”. Mark Zukerberg receives a yearly salary of $1 as the CEO of Facebook. Money doesn’t seem to be a big matter for him as even after getting deals as high as $1 billion by Yahoo and $24 billion by Microsoft for Facebook, he refused to sell it.


5)Language On Facebook Could Be Changed To “Pirate”:

Facebook is available in seventy different languages. Under the language settings on Facebook, one has various options. You can change the language to anything- English(U.S and U.K), Hindi, German, Spanish, Italian, and so on. The “Pirate” option, switches all the languages to the pirate dialect. By doing so, you will be able to rename your news feed to “ home port”, “crew roster” to your friend’s list, and so on.


6) AI Pacino’s Face On Original Facebook Homepage:

Back in the year 2004, Facebook’s homepage used to feature a man’s partly obscured behind a cloud of binary code face. David Kirkpatrick in his book “The Facebook Effect”, reveals that this mystery man was none other than the famous actor “AI Pacino”. This effect was created by Andrew McCollum, a friend of Mark Zukerberg. 



About Bhumika Sharma

Pursuing BA English Honours from Vivekananda Institute Of Professional Studies.


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