The 35-year prison sentence handed down Wednesday to Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private who leaked some 750,000 pages of classified documents and videos to online anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, ignited Facebook, as Manning quickly became the top trending topic on the social network.
Facebook + Journalists
Facebook has been making nice with the media this week, following up its addition of two Open Graph tags aimed at helping media outlets and journalists cultivate likes and follows with a list of tips on how the new Video on Instagram features can aid them in their reporting.
As the recent tragedy in Boston showed, Facebook can be a valuable resource for journalists looking to spread the news, as well as to connect with readers and sources. Facebook recently published a thorough guide outlining the best practices for reporters on the social network.
Facebook quietly rolled out a new main logo, as well as new logos for some of the company’s official pages.
Not long after two explosions reportedly killed two people and injured several others Monday at the Boston Marathon, people started using Facebook to not only share news, but to share well wishes for those involved and donate to the American Red Cross. Runners and spectators on the scene have also used Facebook to alert family that they’re OK.
As reported last week, Facebook announced Monday that it will launch new features for its comments section: Replies, which will allow page administrators and users to reply directly to comments, rather than having to post their own comments; and ranked comments, which will move the most engaging comments to the top of comment threads.
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 Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg compared the social network’s revamped News Feed to a personalized newspaper when it was introduced Thursday at a press event at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. But how does the new News Feed impact actual journalists?
The graph search friends-based search engine Facebook announced Tuesday can be a valuable source for valuable sources for journalists, and for photos, as well, Journalist Program Manager Vadim Lavrusik wrote in a note on the Facebook + Journalists page.
Facebook is maximizing its Election 2012 resources on Election Day Tuesday, and users can get a sense of what voters are talking about on the U.S. Politics on Facebook page. Not surprisingly, the first release of Election Day data from the Facebook Talk Meter finds that the word “election” is dominating news feeds, followed closely by “Obama,” then “Romney,” with men scoring higher than women on the 10-point scale.