February 4, 2016

What better way to celebrate Facebook’s 12th birthday than with a list of 12 Facebook facts you’re sure to “like.”

  1. How many people use Facebook? Your friend list may include your grandma, dog sitter and old friends from elementary school but the entire Facebook community encompasses a whopping 1.591 billion monthly active users.
  2. The average age of Facebook users is 25 to 34 — this demographic bracket makes up 29.7% of the platform’s users.
  3. Five new profiles are created every second. Like the universe, Facebook is constantly expanding — allowing people to continue discovering the joy of sharing their favorite photos and liking exciting brands.
  4. The experience on Facebook is growing more and more visual. Users agree, with photo uploads totaling about 300 million per day. That’s a lot of smiles!
  5. Teenage angst may be on the decline, as 70% of teens are reportedly friends with their parents on Facebook.
  6. Companies seem to realize that workers love to browse Facebook multiple times during the workday, and as such, they are blocking access. 19.4% of Americans say they can’t log onto Facebook at work.
  7. The country with the most active users is Canada.
  8. Facebook really does make us more social. On average, users make 7 new friends a month.
  9. Al Pacino was the first “face” on Facebook.
  10. Mark Zuckerberg places a big focus on user experience (UX). He made the site blue because he’s red-green colorblind. He wanted to be able to see his website as users see it.
  11. The like button was originally going to be called awesome.
  12. It’s a small world! The degrees of separation between a pair of Facebook users has decreased from 3.74 degrees to 3.57 degrees. Friendships really make the world go round.


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