Interesting Facts about Facebook [Infograph]

I was browsing the net for some interesting facts about Facebook to include in a presentation that I was preparing the other day and I thought of sharing some of this information.

50 Facebook Facts

RandomHistory.com created a list of 50 interesting facts about Facebook that I found really helpful, and the good part about the list is that it’s referenced; so you can quote with confidence.

The average Facebook user has 130 friends and sends eight friend requests per month.

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In 2008, a 23-year-old woman named Lauren Michaels created a group titled “I Need Sex” on Facebook. Within 10 minutes, she had 35 members and soon attracted 100—50 of whom she eventually slept with. Facebook has since removed her page.

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A 20-year-old IBM employee in Canada lost sick leave benefits from her insurer because her Facebook page showed “cheerful” photos while she was on paid sick leave for depression.

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In Australia it is valid protocol to serve court notices to defendants on Facebook. A summons posted on Facebook is legally binding

IBM’s Crime Prediction Software — Goodbye, human rights?

The Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice will use analysis software from IBM to predict crime by young delinquents, putting potential offenders under specific prevention and education programs.

Government’s Point of View:

Crime Prediction

Crime Prediction

Mark Greenwald, chief of research and planning at the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, said, “The State of Florida believes that if youth are rehabilitated with effective prevention, intervention and treatment services early in life, juveniles will not enter the adult corrections system. Our goal is to ensure juveniles do not return to the system. IBM SPSS predictive analytics will allow our organization to refine our current practice and better intervene in juvenile lives earlier to help them become — and stay — law abiding citizens.”

Predictive analytics gives government organizations worldwide a highly-sophisticated and intelligent source to create safer communities by identifying, predicting, responding to and preventing criminal activities. It gives the criminal justice system the ability to draw upon the wealth of data available to detect patterns, make reliable projections and then take the appropriate action in real time to combat crime and protect citizens“. Gizmodo, April 14, 2010

Microsoft’s Take:

The geniuses working at IBM apparently seem to believe that Minority report, the movie, was a success rather than a mere Hollywood fantasy designed to tickle our fantasies! Therefore, a predicting crime software to them had  “profit center” written all over it!

Google Wave: Revolutionizing Collaboration but Will the Wave Crash?

Since Google Wave’s unveiling in May, it was quite interesting to try to figure out heads or tails of how the application will be received once it’s released. And now, we are inching closer and closer to when it opens for the general public. Closed Beta testing has been open for a few chosen developers who have been actively providing feedback on Google products. Will Wave be able to create a tsunami upon its release?

21 Twittering Objects, Appliances and Animals! Ridiculous or Useful?

Twitter has opened the door for real-time status reporting. Today, not only humans report their status, but also many other objects, devices and animals. We have surfed the Internet and listed our findings.

Migrating To The Cloud. Are You “All In” on The Wrong Hand?

Migrating To The Cloud. Are You “All In” on The Wrong Hand?

Something interesting has been going on with twitter a problem surfaced and started spreading across the Twitterverse ... tweets went missing !

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Facebook-Like Platform: Is IBM Running Out of Ideas?

How saturated is the online social media world nowadays? What is the destiny haunting the new emerging social media tools and networks? Did Facebook lead social media to its final stage of saturation transforming it into an otherwise mass media tool? Are there any limits to incremental innovation? And did real genuine innovation...

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