250 Days and 250 Nights

March 15, 2006

250 days have passed since July 8, 2005, the day of the last post and the last time Jeffrey Lehman’s profile was modified. It was 250 days ago that I added the blog link to the profile and released this story to the public. Let’s quickly review what changed since then. Since I have the data logs anyway, I went back 500 days as well.

October 31, 2004 (500 days ago):
666 Cornell friends
2 friends at other schools

July 8, 2005 (250 days ago):
1616 Cornell friends
24 friends at other schools

Earlier today:
1489 Cornell friends
29 friends at other schools

Now (after approving the 318 accumulated friend requests):
1791 Cornell friends
45 friends at other schools

I guess things are really slowing down around here. The Lehman era is over.

By the way, if you add up the numbers, you may notice that 122 people were lost during the last 250 days. I wonder how many actually cancelled our beautiful friendship and are not due to the revised Facebook friend-counting formula. (Unless you are a true Facebook connoisseur, you probably never noticed back when Facebook was still Thefacebook, friend counts in “My Profile” and “My Friends” were not always equal. I would like to hope at least one showed the correct number.)

And speaking of new Facebook features, three new photos of Jeffrey Lehman were added. All of them completely real as far as I could tell. Impressive.

Finally, I apologize for the onslaught of boring numbers. Stay tuned for some great letters that were sent during this long break.

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May 16, 2005

A landmark again. 1500 friends and counting.

Despite no major breaks since 1250, the last batch of 250 has taken the longest time to form. It took 76 days.

Just how fast have new friend requests dropped in recent times? 500 was reached on October 16, followed by 1000 on December 16, and 1500 on May 16 (it seems that the 16th is a good day for these things). The slowdown is painfully obvious.


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March 1, 2005

Another landmark! 1250 friends.

Things are definitely slowing down, though. It took 75 days to get here from 1000, which comes out to only 3.4 per day on average. Of course there were a couple weeks of winter break, but that should not have slowed down the rate that much.

I think that people are simply getting tired of this. I know I am.


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December 16, 2004

Lehman finally hits 1,000 friends. Next milestone is 10,000, which will most likely be unachievable if I continue the policy of relying only on others to make friend requests.

It’s interesting to note that the requests have already begun to slow down. It took 38 days to collect the last 250 friends, which comes out to only 6.6 per day on average. While this is still a decent number, it is a big drop from 10.9 for the third batch of 250 and 7.6 for the second. It would be interesting to determine if the friend count slowly approaching a limit or if people’s attitudes towards Thefacebook are changing.


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November 12, 2004

I logged in to find: “You have a request from M*** C*** to add them as your significant other.” Cute.


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November 8, 2004

Lehman hits 750 friends. It took 23 days to gain the last 250. That averages out to 10.9 daily, a significant improvement over the previous group of 250.


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October 16, 2004

A little bit over a month passed and the friend count has doubled to 500, which averages out to 7.6 a day. Considering the fact there must be people removing me every once in a while, the number of daily friend requests must be slightly higher.