Happy 11th Birthday, Facebook: 11 Fun Facts You Need To Know

Happy Birthday Facebook! World's No. 1 social network Facebook has turned 11. Here are some interesting tidbits about the social networking giant that has changed the way most of us use the internet.

Happy 11th Birthday, Facebook: 11 Fun Facts You Need To Know

1. India is second biggest market
Facebook has 1.39 billion active monthly users as of December 31, 2014. India which is so far the second largest market for Facebook globally is expected to surpass the US to lead the global tally of the largest Facebook userbase on mobile by 2017. According to the report, Facebook userbase in the US will hit 123.1 million followed by India at 101.5 million. However, by 2017, India will have the largest mobilephone userbase at 145.9 million followed by the US at 138.8 million, it added.

2. Facebook billionaires
Facebook billionaires include co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin and its first president, Sean Parker. Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has also become a billionaire with the rise in Facebook’s stock.

3. Facebook movie
A Facebook movie “The Social Network,” the 2010 film about the origins of Facebook, won four Golden Globes — including for best picture and best director — and three Oscars, for best adapted screenplay, original score and film editing.

4. Became top social network in 2008
In June 2009, Facebook dethroned MySpace to become the world’s most popular social networking website.

5. First investment
Facebook received its first investment of$500,000 from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.

6. Spurned Google, accepted Microsoft offer
In 2007, Facebook sold a 1.6% stake to Microsoft for $240 million, spurning a competing offer from online search giant Google. With the Facebook investment, Microsoft dealt a rare setback to Google. Google chairman Eric Schmidt too revealed that Facebook rejected Google’s offer to partner with the company for its rich source of personal information.

7. Made unsuccessful bid for SnapChat
In November 2013, Snapchat messaging platform rejected Facebook’s $3 billion acquisition offer. The company’s big three acquisitions include Instagram ($1 billion, April 2012), WhatsApp (19 biilion, February 2014) and Oculus VR ($2 billion March 2014).

8. celand turned to Facebook to rewrite constitution
In June 2011, Iceland, one of the Europe’s most thinly populated country, made changes to its constitution based on the suggestions and feedback it received from countrymen on Facebook and Twitter.

9. The CEO shortcut
By adding the number ‘4’ behind the Facebook URL takes you to the wall of founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. This www.facebook.com/4 trick works irrespective of whether you are logged into your account or not. If you are making a comment or a post, you can type @[4:0} and Zuckerberg’s name appears.

10. Owns ‘Like Button Sucks’
Facebook is owner of domain names that disparage the site itself, including ‘I hate Facebook credits’, ‘I hate the Facebook Like button’ and ‘Like button sucks’.

11. Facebook user base includes over 70% internet users
World’s 71% internet users are Facebook users. The social networking website is blocked in North Korea and most parts of China.

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