10 Fascinating Facebook Facts

People Spend More Than 500 Billion Minutes Per Month on Facebook

5. The Meaning of the Term Poke Has Never Been Defined

While Facebook explains how "poking" works on its help center, there's no explanation to be found for the origin of the phrase. The most common definition is a friendly "nudge," but the more flirtatious connotations cannot be ignored.

David Kirkpatrick reveals in The Facebook Effect that Zuckerberg once responded to a question about what a poke meant on the social networking site with: "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."

6. The Average Facebook User Has 130 Friends

How many Facebook friends do you have? To put your friend count in perspective, the average user has 130. Facebook's official stats page is full of little gems like this, and more staggering stats, such as the fact that people spend over 500 billion minutes per month on Facebook, while the current active official user count now stands at over 500 million.

As far as Facebook the platform goes, over a million websites have integrated with Facebook, and more than 150 million people engage with Facebook on external websites every month.

What Does Zuckerberg Have for Lunch?

7. There's an App to See What's on the Facebook Cafe Menu

Like at Google, Facebook staffers get three free meals a day (as well as free drinks and snackage) served up by the "Facebook Culinary Team" at Cafe X or Cafe 6.

If the staff want to know what's on the menu, they don't need to leave their seats. In fact, they don't even need to leave their Facebook profiles — the "Lunchtime" Facebook app offers a weekly view of what's being offered. And it looks real good.

8. Mark Zuckerberg Calls Himself a "Harvard Graduate"

As you can see for yourself over at facebook.com/zuck (the personalized URL Zuckerberg nabbed for himself), Mark Zuckerberg tells a little fib on his profile page. He lists himself as a "Harvard Graduate," which simply isn't true, as he dropped out to concentrate on getting Facebook up and running.

When 60 Minutes reporter Lesley Stahl confronted Zuckerberg with this little inconsistency, he said "That's true. We don't have a setting for dropout."

Er, memo to Zuck — you kind of have the power to make that happen…

Half of California Is Connected on Facebook

9. California is Huge on Facebook

As far as Facebook goes, California (home of Silicon Valley) is the most social state, with an amazing 15,267,160 users in the region, according to Facebakers. This amounts to a 41% penetration rate — pretty astounding that nearly half the state is connected via Facebook.

The next biggest user-base can be found in Texas with 9 million users, but it's nowhere close to California. New York comes in third with 8 million, and rounding off the very bottom of the list is … Delaware. Of course, actual state population size is a factor here, but you get the point.

10. A Facebook Employee Hoodie Sold for $4,000 on eBay

If Facebook merchandise is collectible now, imagine what it will be worth in years to come. A Facebook employee standard-issue hoodie recently sold on eBay for a whopping $4,050 with nearly 50 bidders battling it out to win the auction.

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