We all have heard about world’s most popular sites – Google, Facebook and Twitter. But here are some interesting facts about Twitter, Facebook and Google which you may not yet.
1. 347,000 Tweets are sent every minute.
2. Twitter is more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol, according to a study.
3. “Friendstalker” was one of the early names considered for Twitter.
4. The FBI has a Twitter slang dictionary.
5. The official Twitter account of @Sweden is given to a random citizen every week to manage.
6. In 2013, a fake tweet temporarily wiped out US$130 billion off the stock market.
7. In 2014, there are about 350,000 tweets and 382,000 Facebook likes every minute.
8. A day’s worth of Twitter posts would fill a 10-million-page book.
9. Justin Bieber has more followers on Twitter than Spain has people.
10. The U.S. Government created a Twitter clone for Cubans in 2011.
11. 44% of registered Twitter users have never tweeted.
12. After Michael Jackson’s death hit the news, he was mentioned in a rate of 5,000 tweets per minute.
13. Twitter’s bird is called Larry.
14. In 2011, Twitter users tweeted the equivalent of 8,163 copies of “War and Peace” every day.
15. Twitter, Facebook and new York times have been blocked in China since 2009.
16. Twitter bought vine for US$30 million several months before it was even officially released.
17. 90% of the world’s Internet users don’t use twitter.
1. 600,000 hacking attempts are made to Facebook accounts every day.
2. Al Pacino was the first “face” on Facebook.
3. Smartphone users check Facebook 14 times a day.
4. Facebook tracks which sites you visit, even AFTER you have signed out.
5. Facebook is primarily blue because Mark Zuckerberg suffers red-green color blindness.
6. You can’t block Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook.
7. So many Facebook photos and videos are uploaded via mobile that it takes up 27% of upstream web traffic.
8. Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg donated US$1 billion to charity in 2013, making him the biggest charitable donor in the U.S.
9. The “Like” button on Facebook was originally going to be called “Awesome”.
10. Every minute, 1.8 million new “likes” are made on Facebook.
11. Facebook is estimated to spend US$30 million a month on hosting alone.
12. Facebook loses almost US$25,000 for every minute it’s down.
13. In 2005, MySpace was in talks to buy Facebook, but rejected Mark Zuckerberg’s asking price of US$75 million as too expensive.
14. Mark Zuckerberg receives a US$ 1 salary as CEO of Facebook.
15. Facebook has a feature that lets you designate who will manage your account after you die.
16. Any text you put into the status update box is sent to Facebook’s servers, even if you don’t click the post button.
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1. Google has found GPA’s and test scores to be “worthless as criteria for hiring”; they have teams where 14% of their employees haven’t gone to college.
2. Google was originally called “Backrub”.
3. The first Google Doodle was dedicated to the Burning Man festival attended by Google founders in 1998.
4. When a Google employee dies, their spouses receive half pay from the company for 10 years and their children US$1,000 per month until they turn 19.
5. Every day 16% of the searches that occur are ones that Google has never seen before.
6. Google hired a camel to create the Street View of a desert.
7. The “I’m feeling lucky” button costs Google US$110 million per year, as it bypasses all ads.
8. Google earns US$20 billion a year from advertising, more than the prime-time revenues of CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX combined.
9. Every minute, 2 million searches are performed on Google.
10. Because Gmail first launched on April 1st of 2004, many people thought it was an April Fools’ Day prank.
11. For the 4th consecutive year, Google was named the best company to work for in the U.S. by Fortune Mag in 2014.
12. Google got its name by accident. The founders misspelled “googol”, which refers to the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.
13. On August 16, 2013, Google went down for 5 minutes and in that time, the global Internet traffic dropped by 40%.
14. Google Maps calculates traffic by tracking how fast Android devices are moving on the road.
15. When Gmail was introduced by Google with an unbelievable 1GB free storage in 2004, Hotmail only offered 2MB.
16. Go to Google Mars. You can see a map of Mars. Cool !
17. Google Sky Maps allows you to view stars, constellations, galaxies and planets. Check out – www.google.com/sky.
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