5 Things You Didn't Know About Facebook

On February 4, 2004, the social networking website Facebook was launched from a dormitory room at Harvard University. Since then, the network has grown to over 2.41 billion monthly active users, making it one of the most popular websites in the world. Here are 5 shocking facts you didn’t know about this social media giant...

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Al Pacino Used to be The Company Logo The first logo for Facebook was designed by a friend of Mark Zuckerberg’s named Andrew McCollum, who was Zuckerberg's classmate at Harvard University. The foggy looking face in the logo was actually that of actor Al Pacino. McCollum designed the logo using an image of the actor covered with ones and zeros, representing the ones and zeros that are used to store digital information.

Yahoo! Tried to Purchase Facebook in 2007 In 2007, Yahoo! reportedly offered to purchase Facebook for $1 billion. Apparently, Mark Zuckerberg was interested, however, he changed his mind about selling the social network site when the CEO of Yahoo! dropped the offer to only $850 million. It’s probably a good thing that Zuckerberg decided not to sell when Yahoo! made their offer because he’s now worth more than $68 billion.

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There Are More Than Two Billion Members Who Are Active on Facebook When you think about it, the number of people actively participating in Facebook social media is higher than the populations of China and India combined. Christiano Ronaldo, a footballer with the Portuguese team Juventus, is the most popular person on the social media site with almost 14 million followers. The most popular product on Facebook is Coca-Cola with 15,863,959 fans at last count. Of the more than two billion active Facebook users, nearly a billion and a half log into Facebook every day.

Facebook Is Blue for a Reason Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind, but he can see the color blue clearly, so that was the color he chose for the branding of his social media site. Zuckerberg reportedly discovered that he was colorblind by taking an online test. He chose blue as the main color for Facebook because it was the richest color that he could see. The fact that psychologists say that people associate blue with a sense of trust and security doesn't hurt. 

Mark Zuckerberg Chose the Name for the “Like” Button Facebook’s ‘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. The site eventually settled on the “Like” button, a decision that Bosworth said was met with a decidedly lukewarm reception.