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Today is Facebook’s Anniversary

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On this day in 2004, Facebook was born.

On February 4, 2004, the social networking service, Facebook, was launched by founder Mark Zuckerberg.  Originally called TheFacebook, the site was first limited to the Harvard student body before opening up to other colleges across the country.  In June 2004, Facebook incorporated and moved its headquarters to Menlo Park, California.  In 2005, Facebook dropped the “The” from its name after purchasing the domain name “facebook.com.”  By September 2006, Facebook expanded beyond university students and became available to everyone over the age of 13 with a valid email address.

To commemorate the anniversary of Facebook’s establishment, here are some facts and figures.

  • Facebook reached 100 million users on August 26, 2008. By July 2010, the social media service had half a billion users.  By 2017, 2 billion people were using Facebook.
  • While Facebook is relatively popular across all demographics, it’s not as popular with teens. Only 51% of teens aged 13-17 use Facebook, as compared to 85% on YouTube, 72% on Instagram, and 69% on Snapchat.
  • While the average Facebook user has 338 friends, they only consider about 28% to be genuine or close friends. About 39% of Facebook connections are people that they have never met in person.
  • Facebook seems to have an addictive quality, with approximately 75% of its users visiting the site daily and 51% visiting several times a day.
  • Every minute, 400 users sign up for Facebook, 510,000 comments are posted, 293,000 statuses are updated, 4 million posts are liked, and 136,000 photos are uploaded.
  • In the first three months of 2018, 583 million fake Facebook accounts were deleted.
  • Facebook launched its “Off-Facebook Activity” tool, which lets users manage and delete the data that third-party apps and websites share with Facebook.  It was originally called the “Clear History” button when it was announced in 2018, as the company came under scrutiny for sharing millions of Americans’ data with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
  • It’s a bit misleading—Facebook isn’t deleting any data from third-parties, it’s just de-linking it from its own data on you.  It also doesn’t stop third parties from sharing data with Facebook in the future.  You have to go to a different section of your Facebook settings to do that.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we enjoy these interesting Facebook statistics in honor of its anniversary.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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