The Facebook “Like” button is one of those internet thingies that have become so popular that it has all but permeated the very fabric of society. Think I’m exaggerating? Think about it.

You go to get money from an ATM and there’s a sticker asking for you to “Like” the bank’s Facebook page. You dine out and the bottom of the menu has the same. Heck, it would rear its head even in actual conversations. You know it’s true. There’s always this one friend who will find a way to say “Like!” instead of being completely normal and just say, “I like that.”

The Facebook “Like” button is everywhere. But have you ever wondered what’s behind the Facebook it? Where did it come from? How did it come to be?

I list down 8 amazing facts about the Facebook “Like” button you may not know about.

  1. The Facebook “Like” button first came into existence in April 2010. Approximately 50,000 websites installed the button in its first week. In less than a month, the number rose to 100,000.
  2. In any ordinary work day, Facebook gets over 50 million likes. That’s around 600 likes per second!
  3. More than 500 million people actively use Facebook every day. That’s approximately the whole population of the North American continent.
  4. Two in ten websites are using the Facebook “Like” button. How many is that in actual numbers? Around 125 million sites worldwide. Different companies are now integrating Facebook as part of their marketing plans. Since Facebook came up with a ‘business page’, it has become more convenient to customers regardless of the device they are using.
  5. Personal and emotional statuses get more attention and more likes. On average, those get three times more likes than other kinds of status messages. It may sound absurd but it’s true. I’m not encouraging you to pour your heart out using Facebook. There’s a saying that goes, “FACE your problem and not FACEBOOK them.” No, I didn’t invent that. I actually heard it somewhere. Try it though. Post something along the vein of “I hate you! You always make me cry!” Then watch as comments start flooding in, private messages, too.
  6. The top 1 million sites in the business industry get the highest likes. That’s around 1900 likes in a month, 650 likes in the top 100,000 sites and 50 likes in the top 10,000 sites.
  7. Shopping websites get an average of 1700 likes in a month for the top 1 million sites, around 350 likes for the top 100,000 sites and 40 likes for the top 10,000 sites. Now this proves that a lot people are into e-commerce. For convenience, they would rather check the website of the shopping company, place their order and wait for it to arrive. Beats actually going to the store.
  8. Based on statistics, news websites get the lowest ‘like’ rates compared to what have been listed above. The top 1 million sites net 450 likes, approximately 300 likes for the top 100,000 sites and 100 likes for the top 10,000 sites.

The Facebook “Like” button isn’t going away any time soon. And now you have some useless facts to go along with it. Ha!


  • Doris Dolly, 13.09.2014, 10:45:

    Wow. Nice work. Keep it going.

  • Mark Evans, 15.11.2014, 10:45:

    The quality of your work is awesome. Keep it up guys.

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