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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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