It’s year in review time at Facebook, and Pope Francis donned the crown as the most-talked-about person or event globally, while Super Bowl XLVII took home the U.S. trophy, according to data released by the social network Monday.
Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured the photo to the left by horror author Stephen King of a promotional sign for his new book, Doctor Sleep, in Paris; as well as the photo atop the post of singer Mariah Carey debuting her new single on Facebook, “The Art of Letting Go,” and hosting a live listening party.
The 2013 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament is in the books, with two first-time champions having been crowned — Andy Murray of the U.K., marking the host country’s first Wimbledon winner in 77 years, and Marion Bartoli of France — and Facebook Consumer Content Manager Alex Walker and Data Editor Robert D’Onofrio reported in a post on the Facebook Newsroom that there were nearly 20 million global interactions (posts, comments, and likes) leading into the final matches.
Facebook was abuzz with the news Wednesday that Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, former archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected as the new pope, taking the name Pope Francis. And the Facebook + Journalists page was quick to report on the most mentioned terms on the social network related to the news.
Since 2010, PayPal has been one of the main methods of payment for Facebook developers. But as Facebook grows, the company is changing its PayPal policies for new developers in emerging markets, such as China, Brazil, and India. According to TechCrunch, developers in several countries must show extra identification as a means of authentication, such as photo IDs or incorporation papers, in order to be paid via direct deposit.
Brazil’s got game on Facebook. Among Caribbean and Latin American countries active on the social network, the home of the world-famous Carnivale boasts close to 50 million users (the biggest swarm within the region) and annual growth of 144 percent, making it the country in these regions with the fastest growth.