The most-discussed topic on Facebook globally in 2014 was 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, while the outbreak of the Ebola virus was the topic of the most conversation in the U.S., the social network announced in a Newsroom post Tuesday.
With 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil in the history books, the Facebook Data Science Team reported that 350 million Facebook users generated 3 billion interactions (posts, likes, and comments) during the tournament, which ran from June 12 through Sunday (July 13), making it the most-talked-about sporting event in the social network’s history.
The number of Facebook posts, comments, and likes related to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil has officially topped the 1 billion mark, from some 220 million users, according to the Facebook Data Science Team.
The opening match of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil was the most social thus far, according to the Facebook Data Science Team, while the goal by Javier “Chicharito” Hernández in Mexico’s 3-0 win over Croatia was the most social goal, host nation Brazil topped all countries in tournament-related conversations, and Neymar of Brazil was the player who generated the most buzz.
The “Group of Death” at 2014 FIFA World Cup 2014, Group G, wrapped up its games Thursday, with Germany and the U.S. moving on to the round of 16 following Germany’s 1-0 victory over the U.S., and the journey ending for Ghana and Portugal after the latter outlasted the former, 2-1. According to the Facebook Data Science Team, more than 17 million Facebook users were responsible for more than 31 million interactions (posts, comments, and likes) during Thursday’s matches.
The dramatic 2-2 draw Sunday between the U.S. and Portugal at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, in which Portugal’s Silvestre Varela headed in the equalizer in the waning seconds of the game, resulted in approximately 20 million interactions (posts, comments, and likes) by some 10 million Facebook users, according to the Facebook Data Science Team.
The hugely anticipated 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match between Germany and Portugal Monday wound up being a lopsided affair and a 4-0 German victory. According to the Facebook Data Science Team, the game was responsible for more than 46 million Facebook interactions by more than 22 million users.
In the four years between 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, which kicks off Thursday, Facebook has more than doubled its total of monthly active users, to more than 1.2 billion, while Twitter has seen a nearly fivefold increase in its MAU count, to more than 255 million.