Mark Zuckerberg © Wikimedia Commons
As we all know, well, most of us, Facebook is an online social networking service.
It was founded before nine years ago in February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow HarvardUniversity students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. Who doesn‘t know yet, at first the website’s membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students and later it bacame avaliable to everyone. Well, not exactly… Facebook now allows any users who declare themselves to be at least 13 years old to become registered users of the site.
From 2004 till today Facebook changed a lot. The site is continuously updated and number of members is growing up. So let’s see what’s new on Facebook by the last year.
Let’s look to the numbers. Big numbers… These calculations were made this year in June. Such amazing Facebook stats show to us how big Facebook empire is.
• Total number of Facebook users: 1,11 billion;
• Daily active Facebook users 665 million;
• Total number of Facebook pages: 50 million;
• Average number of monthly post per Facebook page: 36;
• Total number of Facebook mobile users: 751 million;
• Total number of Facebook friend connections: 150 billion;
• Total number of Facebook likes since launch: 1,13 trillion;
• Total number of languages available on Facebook: 70;
Amazing numbers… True, right? And these numbers is still growing up. Interesting what will be next, what numbers we will see after few years, maybe there will appear big competitor and numbers will start to fall down?
Other interesting things
By the latest research Facebook is most popular between young people – the median age of the user is about 22. The top five countries where people connected from at the time were reached this milestone were Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. We can compare it with the beginning of Facebook empire – since 2007 it changed. Then the median age of the user was a bit bigger – about 26 years old, and the top five countries where people connected from at the time was reached this milestone were Australia, Canada, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Other interesting news on Facebook is that in July 2012, Facebook added a gay marriage icon to its timeline feature. Also, on January 15, 2013, Facebook announced its new product Graph Search. What is that? It provides users with a “precise answer” rather than a link to an answer by leveraging the data already present on its site. Facebook emphasized that the feature would be “privacy-aware,” returning only results from content already shared with the user.
On April 19, 2013 Facebook officially updated its logo. The new logo no longer includes the faint blue line at the bottom of the “F” icon. The letter is also pulled closer to the edge of the box.
Good news for parents! On April 15, 2013 Facebook announced its alliance with the National Association of Attorneys General to help provide teens and parents with more information on tools that can help manage profiles on Facebook. The partnership between Facebook and the Attorneys General will take place in 19 states.
Jealousy on Facebook
Recent studies have shown that Facebook causes negative effects on self-respect by causing feelings of envy and the biggest resentment triggers were established vacation and holiday photos. Other things that jaundice are posts by friends about family happiness and images of physical beauty – such envious feelings leave people lonely, angry and dissatisfied with their own lives.
A joint study by two German universities discovered that one out of three people were more dissatisfied with their lives after visiting Facebook, and another study by UtahValleyUniversity found that college students felt worse about their own lives following an increase in the amount of time spent on Facebook. So, if you feel bad about your own life, maybe you should think about less time spending on Facebook?