Less than 48 hours after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on his Facebook Timeline that he officially married his long-time girlfriend Priscilla Chan, the status update has since gained more than one million Likes, surpassing previous records for breaking news on the social media website.
Of course, Zuckerberg breaking his own record on his own site comes as no surprise. Coming off a wild past week, Zuckerberg must have at least earned a few more fans who were following closely after the impending Facebook IPO event. To date, The Zuck has more than 14 million subscribers, with the wedding status update garnering roughly 730 comments from fans and friends. While the update on Priscilla Chan’s Facebook page may not have amassed an equally massive public reaction, the numbers can hold its own. At the time of publishing, Chan’s wedding status update on her Timeline shows nearly 40,000 Likes and 80 congratulatory comments, and those digits are still rapidly increasing.
The wedding caught much of the general public by surprise after an eventful week for Zuckerberg. The intimate and small backyard wedding took place on Saturday, just a day after Facebook became public, and the bride wore a simple lace gown with Zuckerberg’s ruby wedding ring which he designed himself. Guests who arrived thought they were invited to celebrate Chan’s graduation from medical school. The college sweethearts met during their undergraduate terms at Harvard and began dating even before Zuckerberg changed the social media world with the creation of Facebook.
Before the wedding status update, Zuckerberg’s most popular Facebook post was his thank you note to Steve Jobs after the Apple co-founder passed away in October of 2011. That post received more than 580,000 Likes and 201 comments — perhaps because it was a little more expected coming from an iconic figure in Silicon Valley. Still, those are the kind of reactions we’ll never see on our own Facebook pages.
If these numbers are any indication, Zuckerberg’s wedding status update just might be this year’s Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal nuptials.