Every day, there are millions of people taking photos and putting them on Instagram for their friends and other followers to see. Whether you’re at a sporting event, a public park, a restaurant or anywhere else, there’s a small need where you want to post your experience on Instagram. You might use Instagram on a daily basis, but there might be a lot that you don’t know about the social media giant. Here are some surprising facts about Instagram, some of which might blow your mind.
5. The Very First Post
There has been some debate as to what the first ever Instagram post was, and it’s not the one that some might think. Many attribute the first post to founder Kevin Systrom when he shared a photo of his dog at 9:24 PM on July 26, 2010. However, the first post actually came from Mike Krieger several hours earlier at 5:26 PM. The photo was that of the South Beach Harbor in San Francisco. As for his first photo, Systrom said “I think I would have tried a little harder” had he known how historic it would be.
4. The Most Followed
You might think that the most followed Instagram account comes from an individual, but it actually comes from Instagram itself with 535 million followers. After that, soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is the most followed with 470 million while Kylie Jenner is the most followed woman and third overall account at 361 million. In terms of businesses after Instagram’s account, National Geographic and Nike are in the top 15 overall followers count.
3. Eggcellent Record
What do you think the most liked photo on Instagram would be? A celebrity with a massive following that announced a marriage or pregnancy? Some breaking news in the sports world? Nope, it’s actually from an account that has just one picture and it’s a brown egg with a white background. It’s called world_record_egg and was posted on January 4, 2019. Since then, the egg has amassed 56.14 million likes, which is over 23 million more than any other Instagram post.
2. Tremendous Growth
Instagram was acquired by Facebook in 2012 and is now part of the Meta Platform. At the time, there were plenty of users but not quite at the level that it is right now. In September 2011, there were 10 million users. It would take nearly five years for that number to balloon to half a billion and in the summer of 2018, Instagram finally hit their massive milestone of 1 billion users and it remains in the top 10 visited websites on a daily basis.
1. The Most Common Foods
One of the stereotypes that has followed Instagram throughout the years is that it’s only used for taking pictures of food. You’ve probably seen the older crowd complain about youngsters taking photos of their meals trying to get the right one. It’s sort of validated, though, as food pictures make up a massive part of Instagram, although 40 percent of people admit they don’t actually eat the food they photograph. As for the most frequently snapped food, it’s pizza to nobody’s surprise. Sushi follows in at second place.
Almost overnight, many people outside of China went from not knowing what TikTok is to thinking “What is this Vine knockoff?” to fully embracing the app. It’s now the most popular on all of the internet, and some of us are still trying to learn how it works. If you’re one of those that’s late to the party, here are some facts about TikTok you may be surprised to learn.
5. Not Always TikTok
The TikTok that we all know today went through some naming changes early on, and it didn’t take long for things to catch on. ByteDance, a company in China, started TikTok as an app called A.me before changing to Douyin, all of which happened in the final few months of 2016. In 2017, the app changed names once again to TikTok. By the beginning of 2018, TikTok was already the top free app in countries around the world, showing just how fast certain things can catch on. The biggest boom came when the company merged with musical.ly to create interest in the Western Hemisphere.
4. The Record Holders
The title for most subscribed YouTuber has been a long and ever-changing one, but that’s not the case for TikTok. Due to it being a newer platform, only a handful of people have held that title. The first came in the form of Ariel Martin, or Baby Ariel as she’s known on TikTok. Up until April 2017, the now-actor was the most followed and was replaced by Lisa and Lena. Those two held the title for over 700 days and were then unseated by Loren Gray, who was then replaced by Charli D’Amelio and since June 2022 it has been Khaby Lame.
3. Time Spent on TikTok
TikTok is known for its super short videos, so you might think that the amount of time that people spend on there each day is minimal. However, one short video leads to another and before you know it, you’ve gone several hours deep down a rabbit hole. Because of this, people around the globe spend an average of 52 minutes per day on TikTok. It’s a little lower in the United States at 40 minutes per day (which is still behind YouTube at 45 minutes), but it’s shocking how fast it has grown and become a habit for many.
2. You Can Pay TikTokers
TikTok hopped on the bandwagon by creating its own platform exclusive currency a la Twitch with their bits. For TikTok, it’s called Coins and you can buy 70 of them for about $0.75 in the United States. Users can then cash out their Coins that they have been sent and put it into their bank account .The minimum for payout is $100, and even the biggest creators can only pull out $1,000 maximum per day in Coins.
1. Interesting Demographics
One of the first things that comes to mind with TikTok is the incredibly young audience. Many of the stars are still in their teenage years, and these people make up a quarter of all users. It might be surprising to know that there are plenty of older people that use TikTok, though. In fact, 11 percent of people on the app are over 50 years old, and people 30 and over make up over half of all users.
Where would the internet be today if it weren’t for Facebook? When you think of the biggest success stories in the internet’s fairly short history, the longest chapter likely belongs to Mark Zuckerberg (and others) and his invention of Facebook. The social media site has evolved into a multimedia giant and now employs tens of thousands of people and pulls in over nine figures in revenue. Think you know everything about Facebook, though? Here are some surprising facts you might not have known.
5. Exclusive Club (At First)
If you happened to be around 17 to 22 years old around the time Facebook got started, there’s a good chance that you were one of the first people to know about the site. That’s because upon launch, Facebook was only available to students of Harvard before branching out into the Ivy League and then the rest of North American colleges. You needed a college email address to sign up for Facebook, but it then eventually opened to the public in 2006 for better or worse, as long as you were 13 years old per the terms of service.
4. A Decade of Trading
It feels like it was just yesterday when it was announced that Facebook had its initial public offering (IPO) and went public. However, it was now more than a decade ago as the company was openly traded starting on May 18, 2012. The stock, which is now known as Meta Platforms Inc., has been the subject of many headlines ever since. After a sketchy start, Facebook stock climbed to a peak of over $380 per share. It has come back down since then due to the economy and recent changes, putting it around 2018 levels.
3. Finding a Date
While you have likely used Facebook’s marketplace feature to buy used video games, furniture, etc., you might not know that you can also find a date. In mid 2018, Facebook announced that there would be a dating feature on its app that allowed you pretty much the same service that was provided by giants Tinder and Bumble. The official launch for the service came in late 2019 without much ballyhoo and is still around to this day. Get ready to hear “We met on Facebook Dating” in at least one wedding down the road.
2. Leaving the ‘Is’
Early adopters of Facebook will remember when your status simply read “(Your name) is…” and then you filled out the rest. It was a unique feature that paved the way for many grammatical errors because you were handcuffed by what you could say. For example, “Mark Zuckerberg is Hey does anyone want to come over to my place later for the game?” In 2007, Facebook dropped the ‘is’ part of the status allowing you full freedom to post.
1. Metaverse of Madness
You’ve probably met at least one person that has said that they’re done with Facebook forever due to privacy policies, their feelings on Zuckerberg or anything in between. However, people that boycott Facebook might not know that they’re still supporting the company through the Meta platform that nearly 80 percent of all internet users take part in each day. Other platforms owned by Facebook include Instagram, Oculus, WhatsApp and Mapillary just to name a few.
Every day, hundreds of millions of people post hundreds of millions of tweets. Some are completely random and let people know what they had for breakfast, while others are breaking big news stories. Twitter, perhaps more than any other social media platform, has been polarizing and basically a battleground for political opinions. Things were more simple when it started all those years ago, so let’s take a dive through Twitter’s history and find some of the most surprising facts that you might not have known before.
5. The First Tweet is Old Enough to Drive
It’s hard to stay relevant for more than a few minutes in today’s world fueled by technology, it seems. However, Twitter has proven to be a mainstay and has lasted for more than 16 years. On March 21, 2006, the first ever tweet was sent by Jack Dorsey at 3:50 PM Eastern time. It simply read “just setting up my twttr.” Since then, the website hasn’t looked back with countless tweets making their way to the universe.
4. The Creation of the Hashtag
You might think that the hashtag that we all know and love came with the invention of Twitter, but it actually took some time for it to become a thing. The pound sign, as we knew it before social media, was first used by Chris Messina to get tweets based around single topics all in one space. “How do you feel about using # (pound) for groups,” Messina asked in a tweet back in August 2007. Now, there’s a hashtag for just about everything and you can see them plastered more than company slogans in advertising.
3. Library of Congress Gets Involved
Back in 2010, the Library of Congress began archiving every public tweet when the social media platform really started to take off. This included adding all presidential tweets into the national archives. However, that would come to an end on January 1, 2018. The LoC opted to instead archive tweets selectively so that the ones that were more culturally significant were focused on instead of just any random thought. It also proved to be a lot more cost effective.
2. The Failed Ventures
Tweeting isn’t the only thing that Twitter has had a focus on over the years. There were also short form videos and live streaming, both of which went by the wayside. Vine was the video service that created countless internet memes and was massively popular, paving the way for TikTok. However, they cut the service back in 2016 and are probably kicking themselves for that. As for live streaming, Twitter had their attempt with Periscope, but was overshadowed by platforms such as YouTube and Twitch.
1. Notable Bans
There’s a chance that you’ve been blocked by someone on Twitter, but you really have to do something against terms of service to get banned from the site. There have been some notable bans during Twitter’s history, including then-president Donald Trump due to the acts of January 6, 2021. Other notable people that have been banned from Twitter include Azealia Banks, Tila Tequila, Martin Shkreli, Alex Jones and even former Major League Baseball star Aubrey Huff.
No matter where you are in the world, everyone knows YouTube. The platform created a user-friendly interface that allows us to watch videos for hours on end each day in any genre that you can imagine. YouTube has been around for over 15 years now and no competitor has been able to even come close to touching its success. There are some interesting things that have happened to the video giant over the years, and here are a few of the more surprising YouTube facts.
5. Humble Beginnings
We might not have YouTube if eBay didn’t purchase PayPal back in the early 2000s. That’s because when the buyout happened, it made PayPal employees Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim very wealthy. They used the money to create YouTube after Karim was trying to find videos of a certain “wardrobe malfunction” during the Super Bowl and a tsunami that hit Indonesia. With that, YouTube was created and the first video came from Karim at the San Diego Zoo.
4. Sub Milestones
The names on YouTube have changed over the years, but the race to become the most subscribed hasn’t. Brookers became the first YouTuber to reach 10,000 and the numbers have ballooned since. FRED became the first to 1 million in 2009 and four years later Smosh hit 10 million. PewDiePie would be the first to reach 20 million, doing so in January 2014 when he was already the top subscribe getter. He held that title for 2,050 days before being surpassed by T-Series in 2019 and they have held the title since then following a three week back-and-forth.
3. Low Watch Time
You may have noticed that YouTube has been going all in on the YouTube Shorts program, highlighting shorter videos in a different format than their standard ones. That’s because short videos tend to get a lot of clicks and don’t require a lot of attention. In fact, nearly a quarter of the videos on YouTube are turned off before 10 seconds even elapse. That’s why you’re seeing the site embrace more of the TikTok length of videos.
2. Ads Pay the Bills
It may feel like it was more recent, but YouTube has been using advertising in its videos since back in January of 2009. The reason it feels more recent is because the website has upped the amount of ads you’re watching in recent years, including double advertisements before videos even play. Because of this, YouTube has made an insane amount of money, and in their most recently reported quarter earned $7.34 billion in revenue. Just a reminder, that’s only in three months.
1. Down with Dislikes
YouTube made a lot of headlines in December 2021 when it announced that it would be removing the public dislike counter on every video. Perhaps the reason is because YouTube itself uploaded the most disliked video in the website’s history. The 2018 YouTube Rewind was universally panned, amassing 20.1 million dislikes to make it by far the most disliked video. Other videos in the top five include “Johny Johny Yes Papa” (12.7 million), the Justin Bieber song “Baby” (13.51 million), the trailer for “Sadak 2” (13.7 million) and “Baby Shark Dance” (16.62 million).
When we think of building a following on social media, some of the first thoughts usually come from Twitter or Instagram. However, in the professional universe, LinkedIn is the go-to for social media. With more than 830 million users on the site, LinkedIn has become a great way to recruit and network for businesses. It can be difficult to stand out, but if you can build a following, you’ll get noticed very quickly. Here’s how to do just that.
5. Have a Full Profile
No matter what social media platform you’re using, it’s important to have your profile and bio completely filled out. If all you have is a profile picture (and it’s important to have a professional one of those, even), then people aren’t likely to engage with your content. If you post something and someone clicks on your profile, you want it to look like you know exactly what you’re talking about in your posts. Fill your bio out to the best of your abilities and keep it as professional as possible for maximum success.
4. Have a Website/Blog
It’s great to make your own posts on LinkedIn, but it’s much easier to make content more shareable and capable of going viral if you have your own website or blog. Attempt to make posts on your website and then share them on your LinkedIn, copying and pasting a portion of the text from your post to garner attention and include the link. You can also put a button on your website that directs to your LinkedIn profile to get more traffic. Images are another big way to get quick attention and shares on LinkedIn, as well.
3. Keep Posting
One thing about social media and developing a following is that most people simply tap out too quickly. After they make a few posts that don’t get shared, they get discouraged and end up ignoring their social media sites altogether, and LinkedIn is no exception. If you only get one or two shares on a post, don’t fret. Just keep sharing what you have and eventually it will catch on. While quality is the most important thing, quantity is also important when you’re sharing posts.
2. Actively Engage
Once you’ve posted on LinkedIn, don’t just let it sit there and be shared. If you don’t have a large following as it is, you’re hurting yourself by not engaging with those that interact with your content. Try to respond to as many people as possible as quickly as possible. This makes you more accessible and relatable, allowing people to feel comfort in being able to get an answer or response from you. You don’t have to respond to troll accounts or anything like that, but do your best to make sure everyone is heard in their comments.
1. Analyze the Analytics
Thankfully, LinkedIn has made it easy to track how your posts are doing thanks to the page analytics function on the website. From here, you’ll be able to see how your posts are doing, what time of the day you’re getting the most engagement and where your viewers are coming from. Pay close attention to these analytics and use them to tweak your future strategy. It’s becoming easier every day to manage social media, and this is another one of those great tools.
No matter what sort of thing that you get into, you can just as quickly turn into a snob on the subject. Sports, beer, movies, you name it. If it can be widely enjoyed, there’s always someone that might turn up their nose and try to prove that they know more about any given topic. When it comes to certain beverages, tea isn’t really one that’s considered to have a big population of “snobs,” at least not in the United States where we have coffee snobs. It’s more of a United Kingdom thing, but there are still plenty. You might be among them and not even know it, though! Here are some signs that you may be in the ranks of the tea snobs.
5. Scoffing at Coffee
One of the telltale signs that you’re a tea snob is by completely denouncing that coffee has its benefits in any capacity. You’ll tell people that there’s simply too much caffeine in coffee, that it’s too expensive, that it tastes so bad that it needs creamer and sugar just to be consumed, etc. That’s if you even go to a coffee shop to judge people, though. Most tea snobs will be disgusted by the sight of a place like Starbucks.
4. Flavors are for Noobs
When it comes to being a snob about anything, you always want to handicap yourself for some reason. Gamers always want to set the hardest difficulty and talk about the good old days when games weren’t so easy, and tea drinkers prefer to have zero added flavor to their tea. For snobs, it’s just them, boiled water and your average tea leaf. It doesn’t matter if they like it or not, they just want to be seen as purists.
Some people like to make their tea in the microwave since it’s quick and easy. For the snobbiest of tea purists, though, you may as well be insulting their family members. You won’t catch a tea snob dead without their kettle since it hits just the right spot. What would they do without their kettles? Nobody wants to find out.
2. You Know the Spots
For your casual drinker, they have no problem settling down at a spot where tea is served as they just want the caffeine and the flavor. If you’re on the extra snobby side of things, though, you must have a particular spot where you get your tea. It doesn’t matter if it’s eight miles out of the way or even the best. That’s your spot and they know your name and order by heart. You even know the best places to go that aren’t even in your city as you know “that charming little spot in Des Moines, Iowa.”
1. You Display Your Teas
Finally, one way that you know you’ve converted to full tea snob-ism is when you have your own little museum of teas that you’ve collected. You might not plan on drinking any of them, but you don’t want to let the packaging go to waste. When this happens, you’re the tea world’s version of the person that collects vintage action figures and other toys. Will these teas be worth something one day? Like the Beanie Baby, we doubt it, but it at least it looks good.
Meeting new people in or out of the office can be hard, as you might not have a clue on what to say to them. A first impression is extremely important, and you want to make sure that it’s a good one. With that said, there are some icebreakers that you can use to make things much easier for all parties involved, whether you’re in a group or a one on one setting. Here are some of our favorites.
One on One
5. What is your favorite team building activity?
You may be fresh out of ideas for a fun group activity, so why not ask someone individually? You may find a game you’ve never heard of or an activity that truly gets everyone involved.
4. What’s the last movie/TV show you watched?
There’s no easier ice breaker in the world than asking someone about their favorite shows or movies. For those of us going through adult life, it’s basically the biggest non-work or family related thing in our lives.
3. What is your favorite karaoke song?
You can tell a lot about somebody based on their music choices, but even more so when they tell you what song they aren’t afraid to belt out in front of a crowd.
2. What is something you want to try for the very first time this year?
Whether it be sky-diving, leaving the country for the first time or any other adventurous topic, there’s something that everyone hasn’t tried for the first time. Get people to step out of their comfort zone just a little bit and ask them what they want to finally try and get motivated to do so.
1. What activity makes you forget what time it is?
Asking someone what their favorite hobby is usually results in an “umm,” but if you ask someone what makes them truly lose track of time, it’s a better way to phrase that question.
5. What’s one thing nobody can beat you at?
Everyone has a hobby or interest, and some of those people are really, really good. Let people showcase their skills and promote some friendly and healthy competition to lighten the mood.
4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
In a work setting, this question is one that always inspires a lot of conversation and soul searching. You’ll be able to get the background for many of your fellow employees and also get some great advice for yourself in the process.
3. What is your ultimate dream job?
While the go-to answer for a lot of people will be “the job I have right now,” make sure that they aren’t afraid to keep climbing that ladder. There could also be some great fits within the company that they might not have known about previously.
2. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Some people may be very sluggish in the morning and get things done. If you know everyone’s tendencies, you can understand more about their productivity and can make schedule adjustments if needed.
1. Where in the world do you want to visit the most?
Asking this question is fun, but could also help that person’s career. If you’re in a large company setting, there may be job opportunities in that place that they wanted to visit.
People are absolutely crazy about their tea, and for good reason. Not only does tea taste great, but it’s also packed with health benefits. You probably know how much tea you drink on a regular basis and how much you’re spending on it, but there are some interesting facts about tea that you may not have known. Let’s take a glimpse into the world of tea and see what makes this drink tick.
5. The Price of Tea
The average cost of tea is about $0.25 to $0.40 per cup, which is one reason why it’s so popular. What if you wanted to go all out and spend some big bucks on tea, though? Among the most expensive teas in the world, you’ll find Tieguanyin, vintage Narcissus, PG Tips and Panda Dung Tea that range from $1,500 to $35,000 per pound. The most expensive tea, though, is Da Hong Pao, which goes back to the Ming Dynasty and is valued at $600,000 per pound.
4. Iced Iced Tea Leaves
Tea is great on its own, but there are many people that prefer the iced version of the drink. In fact, nearly 70 million Americans drink iced tea every single day, but where did it come from? The earliest known documentation of iced tea came from the 1820s, and became more popular in print during the 1860s and 70s. It wasn’t until the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri that iced tea really started to take off in the United States after being introduced by Richard Blechynden.
3. Inception of Tea
Tea is one of the oldest drinks in the world, and the origins of tea are somewhat documented if not left to legend. The most widely accepted origin of tea comes from 2,737 BC from Emperor Shennong of China. The legend reads that Shennong had a servant who was boiling drinking water when a tea leaf fell into the water and he enjoyed the taste. In terms of full documentation, tea goes back to around 2nd century BC with writings at the time saying that tea use went even further back.
2. Tea Types
When you think of how many types of tea there are, you probably consider the handful of main types such as oolong or green tea. While there are the primary types, there are many different subtypes, and the amount of them might be surprising. All in all, there are over 3,000 different types of tea in the world. Think of tea the same way you do peppers, with very specific types not being too well known.
1. British Consumption
In Great Britain, there’s an estimated 67.2 million people. How many cups of tea do you think that translates to in a day? 10 million? 20 million? Not even close. Every day, Brits consume 100 million cups of tea. It doesn’t matter what age someone is in Great Britain, everyone is seemingly drinking at least one cup each day. This translates to 36 billion cups of tea every year, with three quarters of Brits drinking tea regularly and only 12 percent saying that they never drink tea. 58 percent are drinking two cups or more.
Doctors around the world are getting on board with getting people to drink more tea on a regular basis, and it’s easy to see why. You probably know that tea is good for your overall health, but do you know exactly what it can do for you? Tea can help in more ways than you might think, and in every part of your body. Don’t believe us? Here are five surprising benefits that you get from ditching soda and making the switch to tea.
5. Save Yourself Money
Before we get into the health aspects of drinking tea, we first have to stress how much money it can save you compared to drinking soda. It’s estimated that the average household in the United States spends nearly $900 on soft drinks, with most of that coming from soda and a total of $65 billion from the country as a whole. Tea is a cheaper alternative as one pound of loose leaf tea can make nearly 200 cups.
4. Sleep Better
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best things that you can do for your body, but a majority of people aren’t getting enough. Many people might not think that tea is good for promoting sleep due to the natural caffeine that’s found within, but the amount that you’ll find isn’t as nearly as much as it is in sugary sodas or energy drinks. In fact, tea will help you sleep thanks to the theanine content that promotes relaxation and healthy brain function.
3. Weight Loss
There’s one reason why many people are putting their sugary sodas away for good and switching to regular glasses of tea. It’s not just the reduced cost, but also the reduced waistlines and reduced numbers on the scales. Green tea is a natural metabolism booster according to studies. In one major study in Taiwan, men who drank green tea every day burned up to 200 more calories daily than those that didn’t. It might not seem like a big difference, but over the course of a whole year it adds up.
2. A Healthier Smile
Many of us think that good oral health comes from avoiding too much sugar while brushing and flossing on a daily basis. On top of all of that, drinking tea regularly helps maintain your tooth and gum health. Certain types of tea (especially green and black tea) contain a healthy amount of fluoride, which has been shown to prevent decay. Harmful bacteria in your mouth can be eliminated with tea, with the British Dental Association saying that tea is “non-erosive” and a great alternative to other drinks.
1. Great for the Skin
Because of its antioxidants, tea is great for your skin thanks to the elimination of free radicals that can cause aging and even skin cancer. Those that drink green tea on a regular basis have been shown by studies to have lower skin cancer rates, but you don’t even have to drink tea to get the great skin benefits. Using a scrub that’s comprised of green tea leaves helps to eliminate blackheads and relieves oily skin. Even placing tea bags on your eyes can reduce aging and bags.