Facebook: 10 facts about the social network behemoth you didn’t know

1. Al Pacino was the first “face” on Facebook.  

In 2007, Facebook’s front page used to feature a man’s face partly obscured behind a cloud of binary code.

2. Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, was the first major investor to back Facebook.

Thiel saw the site’s potential and invested $500,000 into the young company in 2004.

3. One early Facebook function was a file sharing service.

A peer-to-peer file-sharing system called Wirehog was once a core function of Facebook. It launched in 2004 and is reported to have been planned as an integral FB feature. In 2005 Facebook was actively promoting the service but was scrapped later.

4. Mark Zuckerberg suffers from red-green colorblindness.

 This is why Facebook’s primary color scheme is blue.

5. Facebook’s ‘Like’ button used to be the ‘Awesome’ button.

The site eventually settled on the “Like” button.

6.  Facebook stores approximately 300 PETABYTES of user data on its servers.

There are 1 million gigabytes in a petabyte.

7. The meaning of the term “Poke” has never been defined.

There’s no explanation to be found for the origin of the phrase. The most common definition is a friendly “nudge.”

8. A huge number of people try to hack Facebook.

Six hundred thousand hacking attempts are made to Facebook accounts every day.

9. It is blocked in China.

Facebook, Twitter, and The New York Times have been blocked in China since 2009.

10. Facebook also seems to be one of the significant causes of divorce.

A third of all divorce filings of 2011 in the U.S. contained the word “Facebook.”

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