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15 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Facebook


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1. Al Pacino was the first face on Facebook.

For some reason, I assumed the face that lived on the Facebook header until 2007 was a poorly-executed portrait of Mark Zuckerberg? I'm dumb. It's actually a young Al Pacino, for reasons unclear. The logo was created by Zuckerberg's friend and classmate Andrew McCollum.

2. 600,000 hacking attempts are made to Facebook accounts every day.

What do hackers attempt to do once they're in? Most commonly, they spam the member’s friends in an attempt to sell counterfeit goods. (Another popular activity: updating your friend's status to say "I'M A HUGE POOPHEAD.")

4. Facebook is named as a factor in one of three divorces.

The social network was implicated in a third of all divorce filings last year, according to Divorce-Online, a survey by a British legal service. The reason? Social networking is making it way easier to track down former flames and communicate with potential new flings.


7. Facebook tracks which sites you visit, even after you've signed out.

In 2014, Facebook told Ad Age that it will start tracking users across the Internet using its widgets such as the Like button, but that's only one step in the company's long history of privacy quicksand.


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

Facebook: zuck

There's more! Adding 5 or 6 to the end of the URL will take you to the respective profiles of Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz, who are Facebook co-founders and Mark’s former college roommates. Adding 7 to the web address takes you to the profile of Arie Hasit, another good friend of Zuckerberg from his days at Harvard.


15. The meaning of a "poke" has never been defined.

Is it a simple "hi"? Flirting? What's the point? Facebook has never officially answered that question. In The Facebook Effect, author David Kirkpatrick reveals that Zuckerberg once played very coy during an interview: "We thought it would be fun to make a feature that has no specific purpose... So mess around with it, because you're not getting an explanation from us."