Social media news aggregation and analysis platform NewsWhip relaunched its website to bring users the most shared stories via Facebook and Twitter from countries including the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia, Germany, France, and Spain.
The winner of Facebook’s fourth annual Hacker Cup was Gennady Korofkevich of Russia, who took home a $10,000 grand prize, edging second-place Tomek Czajka of the U.S., who finished second, mirroring his finish in the 2012 Hacker Cup, and took home $3,000; and Makoto Soejima of Japan, who finished third and collected $2,000.
Facebook continued its Valentine’s Day week series of studies by the Facebook Data Science Team with a look at the age differences in opposite-sex relationships on the social network, with information mined from anonymized, aggregated data on users with average ages of between 20 and 49.
The partnership between Facebook and social TV analytics specialist SecondSync, announced in late January, bore its first fruit in the form of white paper Watching with Friends, which generated its findings from an analysis of several television shows from September 2013 through January 2014 in the U.S., U.K., and Australia.
With Facebook celebrating birthday No. 10 Tuesday, the social network took the occasion to remind its users that it’s not all about cat pictures, check-ins, and complaining about the weather. Ten Stories — some happy, some not so much — illustrate how Facebook has brought people together during its 10-year existence, and each of the 10 stories, contributed by users of the social network, is compelling in its own way.
In a move aimed at helping its clients better understand and analyze Facebook users’ chatter about television and TV shows, the social network announced a partnership with social TV analytics specialist SecondSync, and the two companies plan to begin delivering data about TV-related Facebook discussions in the U.S. and the U.K. later this year.
With OCP Summit V taking place at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday and Wednesday, Open Compute Project Chairman and President Frank Frankovsky, vice president of hardware design and supply chain operations at Facebook, discussed the group’s achievements over the past year in a post on the Open Compute Project blog.
Facebook Thursday began the rollout of a new, Twitter-like feature called Trending, which it began testing last August, adding a list of topics that have “spiked in popularity” to the right-hand side of users’ News Feeds. The social network said Trending began rolling out Thursday in the U.S., U.K., Canada, India, and Australia, adding that it is also testing a mobile version of the feature.
Facebook shared more video from the visit to its London office by the cast of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and in this installment, the stars of the film, which debuts in theaters Wednesday, go over Facebook’s most discussed topics of 2013.
The top Facebook page in Australia for the year 2013, in terms of both engagement and likes, was Tourism Australia, while the media dominated when broken down by industry, with radio topping the engagement chart and TV shows leading in likes, according to a data analysis by Online Circle Digital for Social Pulse.