Facebook Engineering Details Favorite 2012 Hacks

By David Cohen 

With 2012 drawing to a close, Facebook celebrated its hacker culture by sharing its favorite hacks from the past year in a note on the Facebook Engineering page.

The social network highlighted:

  • Improvements to its events functionality.

  • An LED display to track the social network’s attempts at curbing spam.

  • Dipping a server into mineral oil to enable it to run at higher temperatures.

  • Creating a map of where people use Facebook and printing it on a 3-D printer.

More details on each hack are available on the Facebook Engineering note, which went on to say:

Facebook engineering had a busy year: We moved into our new campus in Menlo Park; retooled to focus on mobile; and launched some awesome products, including native rewrites of our iOS and Android applications, an updated nearby tab; and Facebook Gifts.

We also held 12 hackathons, generating products like full-screen photos, threaded comments, calendar view for events, and new languages for Facebook for Every Phone — all of which are now live on Facebook.

Readers: Which 2012 hack was your favorite?