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I was the 2153rd facebook user at swarthmore

August 17th, 2011
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My facebook user id is 4102153. If you signed up for facebook for the swarthmore network, yours should be 41xxxxx as well. [1] I believe ids were handed out sequentially back then, which would make me the 2153rd user in the swarthmore network. Facebook doesn't do this anymore, so newer users have ids that don't tell you much (anything?), but the old table, as far as I can tell [2], is:
school prefix(es)
harvard 00
columbia 01
stanford 02
yale 03
cornell 04
dartmouth 05
upenn 06
mit 07
nyu 08
bu 09
brown 10
princeton 11
tufts 17
northeastern 18
university of illinois 19
university of michigan 22
uchicago 29
williams 39
amherst 40
swarthmore 41
wesleyan 42
oberlin 43
middlebury 44
hamilton 45
bowdoin 46
cmu 48
university of maine 58
smith 59
keene state college 69
haverford 75
rutgers 88
umass amherst 91
reed 97
brandeis 98
bryn mawr 103
mount holyoke 104
umiami 106
georgia tech 128
emmerson 130
pomona 133
mcgill 136
perdue 137
connecticut college 141
university of rhode island 143
bates 146
colby 154
lafayette 166
carleton 191
macalester 194
lesley 198
clark 215
hampshire 227
You can see how facebook started out with harvard, and then spread to other schools close to harvard in terms of social networks.

About half of my friends signed up during the period when facebook was assigning ids like this.

I can also see how much of an early adopter people are. For example, mark handler (4100006) was #6 at swarthmore. The median among my friends is #2530, which means I wouldn't have to feel so bad about being 2153rd, except that swarthmore is on the small side and many of these people were signing up at much larger schools.

[1] One way to find out your facebook id is to look here while signed in. Another is to comment here (via facebook) and I can tell you.

[2] From looking at where my friends sorted by id went to school. Look at the api and click the link it has for "Friends"

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