Today founder of social media giant Mark Zuckerberg celebrates his 34th birthday. Here are some quick facts that you may have missed out on Facebook and the social media legend.
1-Zuckerberg was as young as 12 years when he began creating messaging programs that his father used at his dental office, allowing the receptionist to notify him whenever a new patient arrived.
2- Facebook ‘Like’ button used to be the ‘awesome’ button. Facebook engineer Andrew Bosworth said that he and other engineers were enthusiastic about the ‘Awesome’ button, but that the idea was ultimately vetoed by Zuckerberg in 2007. And settled for the ‘like’ button.
3- Before Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg developed Facemash. What Facemash did was it compiled two pictures online, placing them next to each other at a time and asking users to choose the ‘hotter’ person.
4-Zuckerberg has supported numerous philanthropic causes, most famously donating $100 million to rescue the struggling Newark Public Schools system of New Jersey.
5- Al Pacino, American actor was the first face of the Facebook. The site displayed a header image featuring a man’s face obscured behind the binary code. The identity of the man could not be seen clearly, but later came to light that the face was that of acclaimed actor Al Pacino
6- Zuckerberg was not a fan of The Social Network, arguing that many of the film’s details were inaccurate.
7-California is the most social state with 15,267,160 users. That means 41% of the state’s population is on Facebook. Texas is second with 9 million users and New York comes in at third with 8 million.
8- Despite China having a block on the website, there are roughly 95 million Facebook users.
9- Mark Zuckerberg has a net worth of $74 billion making him the sixth richest person in the world
10-Despite the abundance he makes, he prefers to have a very simple lifestyle. He is often seen with a hoodie or a t-shirt and drives an Acura TSX which he says is “safe and comfortable and not ostentatious”
11- The ‘poke’ feature has been on Facebook for a very long time. But it’s usage till day remains a mystery. Is it just a simple “hi” or flirting or what is the point? It is not disclosed. Officially, Facebook has never chosen to answer this question. Since it is unclear, people use it as per their understanding