Since its launch on Feb. 4, 2004, Facebook, for better or worse, has had an impact on American society.
The social network has become a cultural phenomenon, partly because it is the least-exclusive club to join — and it is free. Anyone over the age of 13 with access to a computer can create a customized profile with their name, occupation, schools attended, and other information to connect with the outside world.
We spend 35 minutes a day on Facebook — more time than reading or doing exercise — checking our notifications, likes or comments, and photos or videos. We also look up old high school crushes and exchange animated banter with those who agree or disagree with us politically — or on any other matter. Facebook has become a digital public square.
Facebook has emphasized community, and to that end users are able to join groups of people with the same interest, whether it is about work, hobbies, political leanings, or school. The site allows users to block or “unfriend” those they deem unpleasant.
As of Jan. 1, 2018, Facebook had more than 2 billion monthly active users worldwide. That’s considerably more than the population of any country on Earth.
As the 14th anniversary of the launch of Facebook approaches, 24/7 Wall St. has compiled 50 surprising facts about the social network colossus. We gathered information from a variety of sources, among them Facebook.com, to create the list.