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 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.
Facebook is increasingly becoming a worldwide phenomenon, with talent coming from all over the globe. The social network recently wrapped up World Hack 2012, where developers from several different countries competed to create the best Facebook applications.
Facebook is taking its hacker culture worldwide, announcing the Facebook Developer World Hack 2012, a series of events this month and in September aimed at educating its developers and having them compete to see who has the best ideas and who can bring them to life.
What do Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, and T.G.I. Friday’s in Oslo, Norway, have in common? They were all the top destinations in their respective cities in terms of check-ins on third-party applications using Facebook’s application-programming interface since its August 2010 launch, according to a new post from the social network, Social Landmarks Around the World.