Using Google’s new Insights for Search tool, Inside Facebook has mapped Facebook’s US and international search growth over time from its launch in February 2004 to the present. Note that while these are not visits, searches and visits do generally correlate.
Facebook launches in February 2004 at Harvard University in Massachusetts.
It then opens to other Ivy league schools and Stanford University in California.
Facebook expands to colleges across the country. In December 2004 Facebook reaches 1 million active users.
Facebook quickly took hold in the midwestern and southern US. By May 2008, Facebook supports over 800 college networks.
In September 2005, Facebook adds support for high school networks across the country.
In May 2006, Facebook adds support for corporate networks. In September 2006, feeds are launched. By December 2006, Facebook has 12 million active users.
In April 2007, Facebook reaches 20 million active users. In May, the Facebook Platform launches.
By June 2008, Facebook reaches 131 million unique visitors in North America (comScore).
Facebook was started by Mark Zuckerberg and classmates at Harvard University in Massachusetts, USA in February 2004.
In 2005, Facebook began to add international school networks.
By the end of 2006, Facebook reaches nearly 2 million users in Canada and 1 million users in the UK.
By October 2007, Facebook reaches 50 million active users worldwide.
In 2008, Facebook launches translated versions of the site in Spanish, French, German, and releases a Translations application allowing users to translate the site into any language.
In July 2008, Facebook reaches 90 million active users globally. Users have translated Facebook into dozens of languages. Facebook growth explodes in South America.
For more interesting maps on the growth of other sites, check out Andrew Chen’s recent post.
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