2050: It was called Facebook, and I was an Early Adopter

We all have Facebook…oh, you don’t? Good for you, rebel! Anyways, if you have Facebook it may be of interest to know whether or not you were an early adopter, fast follower, or a sheep in the herd. Whether FB is governing the world in 2050 or not, we’ll be talking about it to our grandkids the same way my grandfather brags about how he used a slinky in 1944, just one year after it was invented.

Facebook was launched in early 2004 at Harvard, and quickly was picked up by a majority of the student population. It then expanded to other top-notch East Coast schools, plus Stanford, and then steamrolled its way westward.

So the question is, with 1 billion active users today, where in the timeline did you jump in? 

You can find this out by locating your Facebook User ID, which ranges from 1 to 1,000,000,000+. Simply log in to your account, navigate to your own profile, and hover over your profile picture. Leave your mouse hovered over your picture, and look for a long grey box at the bottom left of your screen. This is essentially a target URL and works the same when you hover over any link.

You should see “www.facebook.com/photo/php?fbid=xxxxxxx&type=1”, where ‘xxxxxxx’ is a long string of mostly numbers. Locate the number that directly precedes the ‘&type=1’, which should occur at the end of the URL. This is your profile ID, which is also the order in which you joined FB. Check here for the first 20 FB users.

Or, you can use this easy tool to locate your profile ID.

Divide your profile ID by one billion, and you can find out where you fit in the innovation diffusion model.

Now, take a look at this timeline provided by an article in Yahoo Finance:

1 million — End of 2004.

5.5 million — End of 2005.

12 million — End of 2006.

20 million — April 2007.

50 million — October 2007.

100 million — August 2008.

150 million — January 2009.

200 million — April 2009.

250 million — July 2009.

300 million — September 2009.

350 million — End of 2009.

400 million — February 2010.

500 million — July 2010.

750 million — July 2011.

800 million — September 2011.

845 million — End of 2011.

901 million — March 2012.

955 million — June 2012.

1.01 billion — September 2012.

This hopefully coincides with your user ID and the order in which you joined. Maybe it’s something to be proud of, maybe it’s something to be ashamed of. At least it’s something you can lecture your future grandkids about as they play Halo 37 through their Google Goggles.