10 Facts About Facebook That Will Blow Your Mind

Posted by Linda Hanlon on Jan 17, 2017 1:46:00 PM

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1. Al Pacino was the first face of Facebook.

Pacino’s face was used in the first logo of Facebook that was created by Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard classmate, Andrew McCollum, in 2004.

2. 600,000 hacking attempts are made every day on Facebook.

Usually these attempts are made to get personal information from users that can be used to hack things such as credit cards.

3. The Facebook site loses $25,000 for every minute it is down.

The last time the site was down was in the late summer of 2015.

4. Smartphone users check Facebook 14 times a day.

New studies show the pleasure or reward center of the brain (called nucleus accumbens) is activated when people use Facebook, which can be one indicator to why users check it so many times in a day. 

5. Facebook tracks sites users visit even after they’ve logged out.

Facebook works with several sites to help promote their products when a user visits those sites. Facebook also finds posts and stories a user might enjoy depending on their search history.

6. There are 30 million deceased Facebook accounts.

Because accounts are locked, families can’t delete the Facebook accounts of their loved ones after they’ve passed. However, Facebook now offers a setting to have an account deleted after death or have a “legacy contact” manage the account after death.

7. Facebook’s primary color is blue because founder Mark Zuckerberg has red-green color blindness.

Zuckerberg chose blue for Facebook since he can actually see all shades of blue, so he’s able to view the color of his site.

8. Facebook has been blocked in China since 2009.

Facebook was used as a communicating tool for Xinjiang independence activists during the Ürümqi riots, which caused the site to be blocked. Surprisingly, there are still 95 million users from China despite the block.

9. 1/3 of all U.S. filed divorces in 2011 had the word “Facebook” in it.

Reports today show Facebook, along with other social media sites, can be a leading cause for divorce. It looks like marriage and Facebook may not be compatible.

10. Psychologists have a disorder for Facebook.

Due to the amount of people who obsess over the site, an American psychologist has introduced the term, Facebook Addiction Disorder, which is a condition where a person spends so much time on Facebook that the balance of the individual's life is affected.

Topics: social media, Facebook