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Eight words only Facebook employees can understand

Every company has its own norms and culture where language is key part to craft all this. We have heard the notion that language has different uses, but Facebook really nailed it. It is a vast company with around 12,000 employees so it is natural to have their own terms and their own language.

Here are the words that only Facebook employees can understand and their definitions are as follows,


A six-week introduction to Facebook that all new employees must go through. Once they “graduate” bootcamp, new hires choose their teams.


The yearly celebration of how long an employee has worked at the company. The campus store sells special “Faceversary” balloons. It’s even listed on employees’ Facebook pages like a birthday to remind everyone to congratulate each other.

Game day

This is basically a grown-up version of field day. Each spring, Facebook employees band together in teams, dress in bright colours and head over to a local park to face off in a series of competitions.


Not just an adjective, it’s also the main cafeteria on campus.

Livin’ the Dream

Not a slogan, but another cafe on campus. Facebook renamed one of its cafeterias in memory of one of its first chefs, Josef Desimone, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2013.

Little Red Book

Not to be confused with a little black book, Facebook gave out little red books to employees in 2012 when the company hit a billion users (now it’s at the number, daily). While it uses Bootcamp to instill a bit of culture, the book contains Facebook’s mission statements and a chronology of funny company moments. The last page challenges employees: “If we don’t create something that kills Facebook, someone else will.”

Hacker Square

Facebook’s version of a central square, Hacker Square proudly has “hack” written onto the tiles so it’s visible from above. Even airplanes landing at San Francisco’s airport can catch a glimpse of it. Hacker Square is a main place for events on campus and for Facebook employees to meet each other.

The Aquarium

Also called the Fish Bowl, the conference room where Mark Zuckerberg and executives met was nicknamed for its ability to peer in at the “animals.” Zuckerberg played along with the joke and eventually hung a sign to ask visitors not to take pictures of them inside The Aquarium.