Social Media History Quiz


What year was Facebook founded?

What year did Facebook launch?
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Facebook was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg in his Harvard dorm room. Twitter was founded in 2006, Instagram in 2010, and Snapchat in 2011.

Which social media platform reached 1,000,000 users in the shortest amount of time?

Fastest social media platform
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Instagram took only 2.5 months to reach 1,000,000 users. A feat that took Facebook 10 months and both Twitter and Tumblr nearly 2 years.

What is the most liked image on Instagram?

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Justin Beiber
Selena Gomez
The Rock's Wedding Announcement
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Kylie Jenner's post of her daughter Stormi holding her thumb held the record for the most liked post until an anonymous account launched a viral campaign to dethrone her.

'The Egg' has since attracted more than 53,000,000 likes leaving Kylie Jenner's 18,000,000 likes in a distant second place.

Despite this, Kylie still has 7 of the top 20 most liked Instagram posts. Nearly double that of second place - Selena Gomez (4).

It was later revealed that this anonymous account was a campaign by Hulu to increase mental health awareness.

How many characters are used in an average tweet?

Average tweet length
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When Twitter first launched, users were only allowed to use 140 characters in a tweet. During this time, the average tweet length was 34 characters. In 2017, Twitter increased the character limit to 280 characters and the average tweet length DROPPED to 33 characters.

What was the original name of Snapchat?

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When Snapchat first launched in 2011, it was called Picaboo. It was forced to change its name only a few months later when it received a cease-and-desist letter from a photobook company of the same name.

Which social media platform was the first to use the Hashtag (#)?

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Twitter was the first platform to use the hashtag (or pound symbol) back in 2007, but it wasn't a company led initiative. The idea was first suggested by an early user, Chris Messina, who thought Twitter needed an organizing framework.</p? When he pitched the idea to Twitter, they initially rejected it saying it was too 'nerdy' and would never take off.

When wildfires hit San Deigo in 2007, he asked one of his friends tweeting about them to include the hashtag #sandiegofire and others soon started using it. The idea caught on and was officially added to Twitter in 2009.

How long did it take Facebook to reach 1 billion users?

Facebook 1 billion users
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Facebook reached the 1 billion user mark in October 2012, at just 8 1/2 years old. Just to put that in perspective, this is roughly the population of the United States and Europe combined.

Before hitting this mark, it had:

- Turned down a $1 billion purchase offer from Yahoo (June 2006)
- Taken a $240 million investment from Microsoft at a $15 billion valuation (October 2007)
- Hit 100 million users (August 2008)
- Had a movie made about it (The Social Network - October 2010)
- Taken $450 million in funding from Goldman Sachs at a $50 billion valuation (January 2011)
- Purchased Instagram for $1 billion (May 2012)

Not just your average 8 year old website...

What is the most Instagrammed food in the world?

Blackstar Bakery
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Pizza topped the list of most Instragrammed foods with Sushi second, followed by steak, burgers, and bacon to round out the top 5. But, each country, and even each city in each country, has it's own Instagram food preference.

- New York Instagrams more pictures of bacon than any other city in the world
- The top 5 cities for Currywurst (a type of sausage) were all in Germany
- Unsurprisingly, the largest number of images of poutine all come from Canada
- Pulled pork is #1 in London with New York second and Melbourne third

For anyone wondering, yes, that picture of a cake has a slice of watermelon in it. It's the most Instagrammed cake in the world and can be found only at Blackstar Pastry in Sydney, Australia.

The Twitter logo is named after a famous bird. What is the logo's name and who is it named after?

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Hedwig the Owl
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The Twitter logo was named after Larry Bird because one Twitter co-founder, Biz Stone, was an NBA fan and Larry Bird played for his hometown team, the Boston Celtics.

Who wrote the most retweeted tweet ever?

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Ellen Degerenes
Donal Trump
Barack Obama
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Surprisingly, despite the elite company he's surrounded by, the correct answer is actually Carter Wilkerson! In April 2017, he direct messaged Wendy's (the US fast food chain) through Twitter asking how retweets he would need to get to receive a year's supply of chicken nuggets.

He was initially heartbroken when they replied with '18 million' but 3.4 million retweets later, this has led to countless interviews, a Guinness World Record, an appearance on the Ellen show, a Katy Perry music video, and more than $1,000 worth of chicken nuggets.

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Did you create the Twitter universe in 7 days? Did you bestow the trees and rivers and like-count upon the barren earth to give it life?

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