1. Mark Zuckerberg has 50 patents under his name. He applied for his very first patent at the U.S Patent and Trademark Office, at the young age of 22, which took 6 years to get approved. The patent that is called , ‘Dynamically generating a privacy summary,’ proposes a method through which you can match the public profile of a user to the privacy settings of his account. The fact that Zuckerberg’s first patent was actually based around ‘privacy’ has been termed as ‘ironical’ in the media, as Facebook has never been in the good books when it comes to the important issue of a user’s privacy. It has been repeatedly based for selling personal information to third parties for money.
2. According to his college application for Harvard, Mark Zuckerberg can fluently speak – English, Latin, Ancient, Greek, Hebrew and French. He swore to be a vegetarian post 2011, and gave up on all kinds of meat, unless he had killed the animal himself. He also has a Hungarian Sheepdog called Beast, who according to his wife is ‘his second priority after Facebook.’
3. The old homepage of Facebook that existed till 2007, had a blue distorted face staring down at the login window. It was earlier believed that this was actually a picture of young Mark Zuckerberg, however David Kirkpatrick made it clear in his book titled ‘The Facebook Effect’, that the guy was actually Al Pacino covered with the binary zeroes and ones along with other digital media components.
4. When you add the the number 4 at the end of the Facebook URL, you are automatically directed to Mark Zuckerberg’s profile on Facebook. Some people say that the significance for choosing the 4 is that, Mark is known as Zuck in his friend circle, which has four characters. Following suit, if you add 5 or 6 instead of 4, you are directed to the profiles of Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz respectively, who co-founded Facebook with Mark. Typing 7 takes you to Arie Hasit’s profile, who is Mark’s college room-mate at Harvard and continues to be a good friend.
5. Facebook is attempted to be hacked at least 600,000 times every single day. Not only this, if you can hack into Facebook and find a security bug, Facebook will reward you with $500, provided that you don’t disclose any personal information and in allow Facebook to have 24 hours to fix the bug, before you make it public.
6. Facebook proves the famous Kevin Bacon theory wrong, that says, ‘Everyone in the world is separated by 6 degrees, which means two persons are always 6 people away from knowing each other.’ According to a research conducted by Lars Backstorm, this number on Facebook is reduced from 6 to 5 in 99.6 percent of the cases and to 4 in 92 percent of the cases.
7. 64 percent of Facebook users visit the social networking website on a daily basis, which is probably the reason why 20 percent of all the photos taken all over the world, throughout the year, end up on Facebook. Not only this, close to 1 Billion people, which is pretty much one seventh of the world’s population, uses Facebook on their mobiles. To add to the list of interesting facts, it has been suggested that by 2060, there will more dead people on Facebook that the living.
8. This one’s a funny one. The person who has the largest followers on Google+, even more than the founders of Google – Sergey Brin and Larry Page – themselves, is Mark Zuckerberg. He also happens to have a Twitter account, under the handle @finkd, where he has posted 19 tweets uptil now and has managed to gather 150,000 followers just like that.
9. Mark Zuckerberg wrote his first program when he was 11, to establish an intra-net enable instant chat service that allowed his family members to communicate with each other. He called it Zucknet. By the time he was in highschool, he had job offers from Microsoft and AOL. Read the full story here: 4 things Mark Zuckerberg created before Facebook.
10. You cannot block Mark on Facebook, where he has 29,814,443 followers. According to Forbes, his net worth is $32.3 Billion.
11. Pretty much everyone knows this, but just to put it out there, Facebook has blue as the dominant color because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind. Moreover, he wanted to keep the user interface as simple as possible, hence blue happens to be constant throughout, with not much design inconsistencies either.
12. He does not own a TV. No joke. A while back he posted on his Facebook enquiring about websites where he could live-stream the World Cup, because – yes you guessed it right – he doesn’t have a TV.
13. Since, it’s launch Facebook has gotten acquisition offers from – an unidentified financier from NY, twice from Viacom, MySpace, Yahoo and once, even Google tried to check them out.
14. At 23, when Facebook was still setting up shop, Mark Zuckerberg went around his office carrying a Samurai Sword, threatening to chop off the heads of any employee who wasn’t giving it his all. This setting goes well with the fact, that he was an MVP in fencing in high school.
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