Facebook Data Team | Facebook | Exploring complexity | Scoop.it

In February 2004, Facebook launched as an online social network for connecting a small college community in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Eight years later, Facebook has become a truly global service, providing 845 million active users – from Andorra to Zambia, from Guinea to Guyana – an easy way to stay connected with the world around them.

As Facebook has grown, the global network of friendships has begun to reveal fascinating and previously unobservable details about the rich social weave that envelops our planet. This allowed Paul Butler to produce a beautiful map of Facebook's social graph in 2010.