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Five things you didn’t know about Facebook on its 5th birthday

Tanya Goodin
Tanya Goodin
4 February 2009

1. Turns out John  Prescott wasn't so wrong when he referred to Facebook as 'The Facebook' on BBC 1 recently - that was its original name. Launched as www.thefacebook.com in 2004 it only became www.facebook.com in 2005 when the company paid $200,000 for the domain.

2. Not just a site for the unfeasibly young, Facebook's fastest growing demographic is the 30+ age group. My oldest Facebook friend is 73 and she's one of the most active in my network.

3. You're really not Norman-no-mates if you don't have 500+ friends. In fact the average user has just 120 friends.

4. More than 850 million photos are uploaded to the site every month and 15 million users (of the now 150+ million) update their statuses at least once a day – making those two activities by far the most popular.

5. Mark Zuckerberg is STILL only 24. Making every other entrepreneur on the planet feel slow, spectacularly unsuccessful and depressingly old.

I remember feeling that I couldn't recall life before Google. Well I certainly can no longer remember life before Facebook and the explosion of social media that followed in its wake. It remains to be seen whether Facebook, and indeed, any other social media site, can truly capitalise on the value of its huge user base. The interests of advertisers and the interests of users still seem hopelessly misaligned. I, like everyone else in the space, will be watching with interest to see if the two can be brought together over the next five years.


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