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Facebook: 9 Little Known Facts

Posted on May 13, 2012. Filed under: India, Technology | Tags: , |

Facebook Inc is all set to hit US stock markets. The world’s largest social networking website is seeking as much as $96 billion in its initial public offering.
According to data compiled by Bloomberg, Facebook, co-founded by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 in a Harvard University dorm room, seeks a valuation at 24 times revenue, compared with 5 times for Google Inc. Here are 9 lesser-known facts about the social networking giant–>

1.Users equal population of third largest country in the world
Facebook has more than 900 million active users. If the company were a country, it would be the third largest in the world after China (population: 1.34 billion) and India (population: 1.17 billion).
2.India has second-highest number of Facebook users

With 157 million members, the United States has the most Facebook users, followed by India with 45.9 million, Brazil with 45.3 million, Indonesia with 42.4 million and Mexico with 32.9 million. (source: socialbakers.com)
3.Where Facebook is not popular?

Facebook is the most popular social network in every country of the world, with the exceptions of China,Japan, Russia, South Korea and Vietnam. (source: comScore)
4.Has minted four billionaires

Facebook has minted four billionaires: Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin and Sean Parker. The 27-year-old Zuckerberg’s net worth was estimated at$17.5 billion on the 2011 Forbes list of the wealthiest Americans.
Moskovitz had a net worth of $3.5 billion but pipped Zuckerberg for the title of world’s youngest billionaire, being eight days younger.
The Brazilian-born Saverin, who left Facebook early on after a falling-out with Zuckerberg, had a net worthof $2 billion. Parker, the Napster co-founder who briefly served as Facebook’s president, had a net worth of $2.1 billion.
5. 300M photos uploaded daily

More than 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day and more than 488 million active users access Facebook using mobile devices.
6. Social Network flopped at Oscars

“The Social Network,” the 2010 film about the origins ofFacebook, won four Golden Globes — including for best picture and best director — but flopped at the Oscars, walking away with only awards for best adapted screenplay, original score and film editing.
7. Has 3500 employees

Facebook, which currently employs some 3,500 people, has announced plans to hire”thousands” more over the next year.
8. Most popular Facebook page

The most popular page on Facebook is Facebook’s own page with 60.2 million fans followed by a Texas HoldEm Poker page with 56.6 million fans, an Eminem page with 52 million fans, a YouTube page with 51.3 million and a Rihanna page with 50.3 million.
9.Instagram is its biggest acquisition

In April, Facebook announceda billion-dollar deal to buy the startup behind wildly popular smartphone photo sharing application Instagram, its biggest acquisition to date.

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Mothers’ Day Special On TechTree Blog!

Posted on May 13, 2012. Filed under: India |




Mothers’ Day Poems:
Wonderful Mother
God made a wonderful mother,
A mother who never grows old;
He made her smile of the sunshine,
And He moulded her heart of pure gold;
In her eyes He placed bright shining stars,
In her cheeks fair roses you see;
God made a wonderful mother,
And He gave that dear mother to me.
-Pat O’Reilly
M-O-T-H-E-R
” M ” is for the million things she gave me,
” O ” means only that she’s growing old,
” T ” is for the tears she shed to save me,
” H ” is for her heart of purest gold;
” E ” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
” R ” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell
” MOTHER ,”
A word that means the world to me.
-Howard Johnson (c. 1915)
History Of Mothers Day
Origin of Mother’s Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. But the roots of Mother’s Day history can also be traced in UK where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of the day in US. However, the celebration of the festival as it is seen today is a recent phenomenon and not even a hundred years old. Thanks to the hard work of the pioneering women of their times, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis that the day cameinto existence. Today the festival of Mothers day is celebrated across 46 countries (though on different dates) and is a hugely popular affair. Millions of people across the globe take the dayas an opportunity to honor their mothers, thank them for their efforts in giving them life, raising them and being their constant support and well wisher.
Earliest History of Mothers Day
The earliest history of Mothers Day dates back to theancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.
Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. It may be noted that ceremonies in honour of Cybele began some 250 years before Christ was born. The celebration made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades. The celebrations were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome.
Early Christians celebrated a Mother’s Day of sorts during the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honor of theVirgin Mary, the Mother of Christ. In England the holiday was expanded to include all mothers. It was then called Mothering Sunday.
History of Mother’s Day: Mothering Sunday
The more recent history of Mothers Day dates back to 1600s in England. Here a Mothering Sunday was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honor mothers. After a prayer service in church to honor Virgin Mary, children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their own mothers.
On the occasion, servants, apprentices and other employees staying away from their homes were encouraged by their employers to visit their mothers and honor them.Traditionally children brought with them gifts and a special fruit cake or fruit-filled pastrycalled a simnel. Yugoslavs and people in other nations have observed similar days.
Custom of celebrating Mothering Sunday died out almost completely by the 19th century. However, the day came to be celebrated again after World War II, when American servicemen brought the custom and commercial enterprises used it as an occasion for sales.
Present Day Celebrations
Today Mothers Day is celebrated in several countries including US, UK, India, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and Belgium. People take the day as an opportunity to pay tribute to their mothers and thank them for all their love and support. The day has become hugely popular and in several countries phone lines witness maximum traffic. There is also a tradition of gifting flowers, cards and others gift to mothers on the Mothers Day. The festival hasbecome commercialised to a great extent. Florists, card manufacturers and gift sellerssee huge business potential inthe day and make good moneythrough a rigorous advertising campaign.
It is unfortunate to note that Ms Anna Jarvis, who devoted her life for the declaration of Mothers Day holiday was deeply hurt to note the huge commercialisation of the day.

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