26 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About Facebook

Former Facebook president Sean Parker
We learned all about Facebook president Sean Parker’s scandalous departure from the company

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Despite spending a lot of time covering and using Facebook, there was still a lot about the company we didn’t know until we read David Kirkpatrick’s book, The Facebook Effect.The book is brilliantly-reported and full of details about how Facebook’s biggest deals came together – and how some even bigger deals did not. It even features tales of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

We’ve gathered some of our favourite little tidbits here.

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title=”Facebook’s first outside investor, Peter Thiel, sold half his stock in 2009 to Russian holding firm, DST”
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title=”Accel Partners pushed former Facebook president Sean Parker out after a cocaine-related arrest in North Carolina”
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title=”Before opening Facebook beyond college students, Facebook planned FacebookHigh.com for high schoolers. The domain was too expensive, though.”
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title=”In 2006 a guy named Chris Putnam hacked into Facebook and made thousands of profiles look like MySpace profiles. Facebook hired him.”
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”Remember that weird guy on TheFacebook.com? Turns out he’s modelled after Al Pacino. Whoa!”
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”At a house Facebook rented during the summer of 2004, “there was a fair amount of pot smoking, though Zuckerberg frowned on it and didn’t partake.””
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”During Facebook’s first summer, Zuckerberg and his family spent $85,000 keeping the company afloat.”
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and Zynga Mark Pincus own a crucial social networking patent – and that’s why they own some Facebook stock”
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”At one point, Facebook planned to call its ad product “AdSeed” a ripoff of Google’s AdSense”
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”When Accel partner Jim Breyer invested $12.7 million in Facebook in 2005, Mark Zuckerberg, Sean Parker and Dustin Moscovitz each took $1 million bonuses”
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”The day after the Accel investment, Mark Zuckerberg was at a gas station when a crazy guy with a gun came at him. Zuck jumped in his SUV and drove away.”
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”Steve Chen worked at Facebook for a few weeks before quitting to do his own startup. It was called YouTube.”
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”The company then known as TheFacebook bought the domain Facebook.com for $200,000″
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”Mark Zuckerberg didn’t want to add photo-sharing to Facebook, but Sean Parker convinced him to. Facebook is now the most popular photo-sharing site.”
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”This isn’t it, but the first photo uploaded to Facebook photos was of a cartoon cat. Then came lots of pictures of girls socializing.”
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”After employees and investors began lobbying for his replacement, Zuckerberg took “CEO lessons” in 2005″
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”The closest Zuckerberg ever came to selling was to Yahoo in 2006, after Facebook opened to workplace networks and nobody noticed”
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”Before News Feed, “each time someone changed their profile picture, it led 25 new page views.””
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”The very first reaction to Facebook News Feed was “Turn this shit off!””
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title=”Flickr and Hunch cofounder Caterina Fake couldn’t join Facebook because it thought her name was…fake”
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”Facebook can’t talk to Google about an acquisition without telling Microsoft first, thanks to Microsoft’s 2007 investment”
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”There’s an official “Facebook Phone” over in Asia”
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”After a 2008 re-design, even Dell CEO Michael Dell joined a group called “Petition Against the ‘New Facebook””
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”Facebook will launch an ad network, says cofounder Dustin Moscovitz”
content=”Source: The Facebook Effect
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title=”The average age of a Facebook employee is 31″
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title=”And who are the people that made Facebook?”
content=”The First 20 Facebook Employees: Where Are They Now?

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