Blog Posts


America’s Coming Out on Facebook

In honor of National Coming Out Day (October 11) and #SpiritDay (October 15), this post examines how some highly-public moments for the LGBT community affected support for this movement and the rate at which people came out on Facebook.


Visualizing Crisis Relief in Nepal

During times of crisis, we see people coming together on Facebook to support one another. When tragedy struck Nepal, people turned to Facebook to find out if their loved ones were safe and to donate to relief efforts. To add life to the number of people using Facebook during the Nepal earthquake, we have visualized them on a map of the world.


Diversity and Unity of India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Facebook's Menlo Park campus this Sunday. In a recent address to the nation on the occasion of India’s 69th Independence Day, Modi said that “the vastness and the diversity of India is always talked about . . . and India derives its strength from this diversity, simplicity and unity in every part of the country.” For a country with more than 1.2 billion people, about 780 languages and 29 states, India’s diversity in culture, geography, and people is truly remarkable.


The Not-So-Universal Language of Laughter

Laughter. It's hard to imagine where the human race would be without it, and now the human race is on the Internet, and the laughter has come along for the ride. In this note, we look at how people laugh on Facebook, finding a variety of types of laughter and discerning differences based on demographics and geography.


Exposure to Diverse Information on Facebook

Our latest data science research, released today in Science, quantifies exactly how much individuals could be and are exposed to ideologically diverse news and information in social media.


Cupid in your network

Single and secretly wondering which of your friends might be able to introduce you to your future soulmate? Using survey and network data from couples who said a friend introduced them, we find that those 'matchmaker' friends have network structures ideally suited to introductions.