13 Shocking Facts About Facebook

Posted Apr 01, by Greg Porter

Information on Facebook is becoming a major factor in marriage conflicts and is increasingly being used as a source of evidence in divorce cases. In 2011, Facebook was cited as a reason for a third of divorces (Divorce-Online). 

The most common reasons Divorce-Online found cited as evidence were; inappropriate messages to members of the opposite sex, separated spouses posting nasty comments about each other, and facebook friends reporting spouse’s behavior.

The greater availability of information online through social media has created a variety of problems for relationships at every level. Conflict caused by embarrassment, jealousy, false assumptions, and stalker-like behavior, are some of the social disasters that can result from the misuse of social media. Check out this article for more information and how to avoid the major issues social media causes relationships.

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In 2011, Iceland finally took on the task of rewriting its constitution as it had been hoping to do for many years, but had never got around to doing. When Iceland broke from Denmark in 1944, it merely took the Danish constitution and made minor changes. For example, the title of king was changed to president. 

The Icelandic people were driven to change their constitution after their financial troubles in 2008. Their currency, the krona, last values and banks failed. The hope was that with some reformation and checks and balances another financial breakdown could be prevented. 

The actual draft of the new constitution was being written by 25 people as part of a council. The council put their draft on Facebook for users to make suggestions about amendments and to have debates with one another about the constitution. They also streamed the proceedings of the council not only on their website, but also on Facebook. 

The writing of the constitution took influence from all those on social media. The finished result came from the combined efforts of those 25 council member, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. Do you think politics will flow more onto social media than it already has? 


Adding the number 4 to the end of Facebook’s URL will automatically direct you to Mark Zuckerberg’s wall.

Just in case you’re not familiar with the term “URL” - type in this web address: www.facebook.com/4. We’re not sure why Zuckerberg chose the fourth ID number instead of number 1, but this is a quick and easy way to get to the original Facebook wall that is owned by its creator. Adding the numbers 5 or 6 to the end of the URL will take you to the respective profiles of Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz, Facebook co-founders and Mark’s former college roommates. Tacking a 7 onto the web address leads to the profile of Arie Hasit, another good friend of Zuckerberg from his days at Harvard. To see the first few registered profiles of other Facebook employees, check out this website.

Basically, if you find an original bug within the Facebook software and system, they’ll reward you with up to $500. There are stipulations to the rules, though. They allow this as showing appreciation for their security researchers. One cannot disclose personal information about others and must give Facebook 24 hours in good faith to fix the issue before going public with the bug. Only one bounty per security bug is given.  


You can change your language on Facebook to \"Pirate.\"

This includes calling friends \"Mateys\", the word \"Cap\'n\" appears before everyone\'s name, pictures are called portraits, commenting is called \"scrawling a mark\", and instead of liking something you just say \"Arr!\".

You have to go into \"Account\" and then \"Languages\" and find \"English (Pirate)\".
83% of prostitutes have Facebook pages.

This is according to a study done by Columbia University researcher Sudhir Venkatesh. Many of these "working girls" switched over to the site after Craigslist rid itself of the "adult services" category. Venkatesh discovered that about a quarter of each woman's clients came from the social networking site, while 31% were still provided by escort services. Seeing as how friendships and even marriages are often formed through these networks, it is not surprising to see Facebook's social advantages applied to nightly transactions.

This bizarre crime occurred in Tennessee. Billy Clay Payne Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth decided to de-friend Jenelle Potter on Facebook. In response, Jenelle's father killed them.

The woman's father and another man were charged with the horrible crime. The couple had a young baby that was thankfully spared from the madness. Still, the 8-month old is now orphaned thanks to a sensless murder that shouldn't happen.

This isn't the first crime linked to Facebook. A woman set a friend's garage on fire last year because of a similar thing. A man also was accused of hitting his wife for not"Liking" a post about the death of the man's mother.


Over the last few decades, the advancement of photography has also allowed for the advancement of human communication. Easy capturing, editing, and sharing has allows us to inject our intended message into a visual, and share it on a worldwide stage. 

The full scope of this phenomenon is probably most noticeable on Facebook; a place where photos of meaningful events and people stand alongside photos of people looking intensely into their bathroom mirrors. Facebook’s library already contains 140 billion photos, which is about 100 000 times that of the Library of Congress and 4% of the photos ever taken. 

Facebook seems to have become a sort of digital photo album. It preserves the quality and quantity of the photos we take, organizes them, and allows for easier conversation about those photos. Plus, it’s considered by some studies to be more addictive than alcohol and tobacco. 


Updating the theory thought by Frigyes Karinthy and popularized by the “6 degrees from Kevin Bacon theory,” that there is a separation of 6 degrees between any two people in the world, Facebook data scientist Lars Backstrom discovered the separation is almost half as small!

After scanning through Facebook's 721 million users and excluding celebrity/miscellaneous fan pages, Backstrom was able to come up with 3.74 people. 99.6% of all random user pairs were connected by 5 people while 92% were connected by 4 people. To read more on the math of separation, click the source below!


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In June 2011, Mark Byron, a photographer from Cincinnati, was found guilty of cilvil domestic violence against his wife and she was granted a temporary protection order. In November, Byron posted a note to his Facebook wall reading, ""If you are an evil, vindictive woman who wants to ruin your husband's life and take your son's father away from him completely -- all you need to do is say you're scared of your husband or domestic partner and they'll take him away!" 

 Byron had blocked his wife from viewing his Facebook page, however she still received word of the post and proceeded to file charges against her husband stating that his post was in violation of her protection order, which prohibited her [then] husband "from causing the plaintiff or the child of the parties to suffer physical and/or mental abuse, harassment, annoyance or bodily injury. On January 25th, Byron was given the option of going to jail for 60 days and paying a $500 fine, or pay back child support and post an apology to his Facebook page for 30 days. 


Today's Facebook users change their profile pictures 3 times as often as they did in 2006.

The average user in 2011 uploads 18 photos every year for their Facebook profile. That number has been steadily rising every year, since 2006 when the average was only 6 per year. And since Facebook started keeping track of which photos we use as profile photos, the average user has used 26 Facebook profile pictures in their lifetime. Women change their profile pictures more often than men (about once every 2 weeks, vs once every 3 weeks).

To learn more fun and interesting facts about Facebook photos, check out Pixable, a new app for managing your social media photos. It’s a great way to search, edit, and aggregate Facebook photos, and there are a bunch of cool infographics on the Pixable website where you can learn more facts like these.

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