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.
Game of Thrones
HBO drama series “Game of Thrones” has been the topic of much buzz on Facebook, with the final episode of its fourth season having aired Sunday night, and now, Facebook Product Specialist Dave Goldblatt will have a chance to be a part of that buzz, as George R.R. Martin — creator of the television series and author of the A Song of Ice and Fire books that “Game of Thrones” is based on — will add a character named after Goldblatt to an upcoming book.
Facebook is adding a hint of Shazam to its flagship applications for iOS and Android in the form of an optional feature that allows users to use the microphones on their devices and identify songs, television shows, or movies for inclusion in status updates.
Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos and videos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured this photo of The Band Perry at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
The fourth season of HBO drama “Game of Thrones” premieres on the premium cable network April 6, but fans can turn to Facebook for a taste of Westeros March 18 at 6 p.m. ET, when the premiere episode will be screened at Lincoln Center in New York, as the event’s red carpet will be streamed on Facebook Live.
Fighting Over The TV: Facebook Provides Data To 10 Overseas Networks; Twitter Provides Data To Nielsen
Facebook and Twitter dug in their heels Monday in their attempts to establish beachheads in the world of television, with Facebook announcing plans to release data on actions (likes, comments, and shares) related to TV shows to 10 networks in eight overseas countries, while Twitter announced that it will provide data to ratings powerhouse Nielsen on the number of tweets about TV shows and those tweets’ total audiences.
Facebook and Twitter users who have attempted to watch TV shows and sporting events on their digital-video recorders, only to find out the plot twists or scores in advance thanks to yappy friends and contacts, can now use a free iOS application to avoid that problem in the future: Spoiler Shield.
Following Facebook’s introduction of clickable hashtags Wednesday, Justin Osofsky, the social network’s director of platform partnerships and operations, focused on how hashtags will factor into discussions about television shows in a note on the Facebook + Media page.