The Class of 1965 is the earliest graduation year in which UB alumni appear as registered members on Facebook, with two members: Ron Gross, an earth science teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools, and Jon Grauer, a retired HSBC mortgage customer service manager from Niagara Falls, NY.
From 1965 to 1989, the number of UB alumni registered on Facebook remains in the single digits. Among the three members from the Class of 1971: NPR host Ira Flatow, BS ’71.
From 1990 to 1999, the number of UB alumni registered on Facebook hits the double digits, with 19 members from the Class of 1990 to 70 members from the Class of 1999.
Class of 2000: 110 members
Class of 2001: 122 members
Class of 2002: 198 members
Class of 2003: 333 members
Classes of 2004 to 2011: more than 500 members each
Groups on Facebook include Class of 2010 (430 UB student members), Black Student Union (365 UB student members), College Democrats of UB (203 UB student members), Flint Village (126 UB student members), Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: UB Chapter (122 UB student members), UB Bulls Pride (35 UB student members), UB Equestrian (31 UB student members), and UB Business School (30 student members).*
Overview: There are more than 26,000 members included in the SUNY Buffalo “network” on Facebook. (“SUNY Buffalo” designates UB on Facebook vs. “Buffalo State,” which designates the four-year college on Elmwood Avenue.)
Facebook was founded in 2004.
*Numbers based on data collected June 2007 by Kevin Fryling, MA ’06.