Â Kathmandu, 15 October 2015:Â Facebook, over the past few years, has changed the conception of people about how we connect to each other. Itâ€™s growing popularity means that we no longer are confined to face-to-face interaction, but see ours and others in the number of people in â€˜friends list.â€™ A simple click on the â€˜unfriendâ€™ option makes it easy to cut ties with someone who you have been very close to. The more people in your friends list, the more popular you are perceived to be.
Even in the friends list, we can segregate people into different categories, based on our closeness and level of formality with them. We have â€˜familyâ€™, â€˜best friendsâ€™, â€˜not-so-close friendsâ€™, â€˜relativesâ€™ and â€˜work colleaguesâ€™ lists. If due to geographical barriers, you cannot physically â€˜poke a friendâ€™, you can still do so in the world of Facebook and this subtle cue is somehow less offending in the virtual world. Facebook has altogether put a new meaning on the world of â€˜virtual friendshipâ€™ where it doesnâ€™t matter whether you have met the other person or not.
#10 The reason Facebook is blue: Zuckerberg is colorblind
According to The New Yorker, Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind, which means the color he can see best is blue. That also happens to be the color that dominates the Facebook website and mobile app.
“Blue is the richest color for me,” he told- “I can see is all blue.
#9 Hacking Facebook got this man hired
In 2006, a guy named Chris Putnam hacked into Facebook and made thousands of profiles look like MySpace profiles. Facebook hired him.
#8 Facebook doesn’t allow breastfeeding photos
Facebook was criticized by mothers when it yanked photos of breastfeeding babies that women had posted on their personal profiles because it deemed them a little too revealing.
In response to the terse notices alerting mothers that they were violating Facebook’s decency policy, “activists” responded with a virtual nurse-in; 11,000 women posted photos of themselves breastfeeding and/or updated their profiles to read: “Hey, Facebook. Breastfeeding Is Not Obscene!” The pro-breastfeeding group has attracted over 250,000 members.
#7 Iceland used Facebook to rewrite its constitution!
In 2011, Iceland took the help of Facebook in rewriting its constitution. Two thirds of Iceland’s population 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.
#6 Steve Chen worked for Facebook
Steve Chen worked at Facebook for a few weeks before quitting to do his own startup. It was called YouTube. Â He is best known as one of the co-founders and the previousÂ Chief Technology OfficerÂ of the popular websiteÂ YouTube.
Â #5 Photo sharing
Mark Zuckerberg didn’t want to add photo-sharing to Facebook, but Sean Parker convinced him to. Facebook is now the most popular photo-sharing site.
#4 A major reason for divorce
New research suggests that Facebook could be detrimental to your relationship status. A study conducted by the Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, found that people who use Facebook excessively (those who check hourly) are more likely to “experience Facebookâ€“related conflict with their romantic partners, which then may cause negative relationship outcomes including emotional and physical cheating, breakup and divorce,” according to a press release. In 2011, Facebook was cited as a reason for a third of divorces.
#3 The Meaning of the Term Poke Has Never Been Defined
While Facebook explains how “poking” works on itsÂ help center, there’s no explanation to be found for the origin of the phrase. The most common definition is a friendly “nudge,” but the more flirtatious connotations cannot be ignored.
David Kirkpatrick reveals in the Facebook EffectÂ that Zuckerberg once responded to a question about what a poke meant on the social networking site with: “We thought it would be fun to make a feature that has no specific purpose… So mess around with it, because you’re not getting an explanation from us.”
#2 The Average Facebook User Has 130 Friends
How many Facebook friends do you have? To put your friend count in perspective, the average user has 130.Â Facebook’s official stats pageÂ is full of little gems like this, and more staggering stats, such as the fact that people spend over 500 billion minutes per month on Facebook, while the current active official user count now stands at overÂ 500 million.
As far as Facebook the platform goes, over a million websites have integrated with Facebook, and more than 150 million people engage with Facebook on external websites every month.
#1 Mark Zuckerberg Calls Himself a “Harvard Graduate
As you can see for yourself over atÂ facebook.com/zuckÂ (the personalized URL Zuckerberg nabbed for himself), Mark Zuckerberg tells a little fib on his profile page. He lists himself as a “Harvard Graduate,” which simply isn’t true, as he dropped out to concentrate on getting Facebook up and running.