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.
Contrary to popular belief, there is still a substantial teen population on Facebook, and the social network teamed up with Canadian nonprofit organization MediaSmarts on “Think Before You Share,” a guide and tip sheet aimed at helping Facebook’s younger users decide what to share or not share online.
A Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer changed hands late last week, as Majestic Media, which is based in Toronto, announced that it was acquired by Toronto-based private-equity firm Lynx Equity. Terms were not disclosed.
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games kick off in Sochi, Russia, in exactly 100 days, but the Olympic Athletes’ Hub application is available right now, aggregating the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds of participants.
UPDATED: The final episode of AMC’s hit drama, “Breaking Bad,” aired Sunday night, and more than 3 million Facebook users generated more than 5.5 million interactions during the show, according to the social network, which added that in the series’ fifth and final season alone, there have been 23.68 million posts and interactions related to “Breaking Bad,” from 11.14 million unique users.
Facebook apologized for a case of advertising gone awry in Canada, where photos of a teen girl who committed suicide in April were used in ads for a dating website.
Since Facebook launched its bug bounty program two years ago, more than $1 million in rewards has been handed out to 329 people in 51 countries, Security Engineer Collin Greene reported in a note on the Facebook Security page.
When Facebook users aren’t sending Pitbull to Kodiak, Alaska, they are engaging with the hip-hop superstar’s Facebook page at a rate 60 percent to 80 percent higher than some of the social network’s most-liked celebrities, including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Eminem, and Justin Bieber, according to social publishing firm theAudience, which helps Pitbull program his page.
Within one hour of the official announcement of the birth of a son to Prince William and Duchess Kate, there were more than 1 million related mentions on Facebook, with the U.K. leading the pack (no surprise there) by country, and women 25 through 34 making up the top demographic.
A Facebook spokesman told The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog that approximately 70 percent of the social network’s users in the U.S. have at least one friend who has indicated on Facebook that they are gay, lesbian, or bisexual.