The Facebook Data Science Team continued to analyze 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil as the tournament’s round of 16 came to a close, examining how users in different countries refer to “soccer” and “goals,” as well as compiling a list of the 10 goals that have generated the most shared posts and comments about goals.
Odds are, most Facebook users have seen status updates in their News Feeds with some variation of the “pay it forward” theme, meaning that if a stranger or friend shows a person kindness in some form, the recipient does something nice for someone else. But which countries and cities were responsible for the most pay-it-forward status updates? Lada Adamic and Thomas Lento of the Facebook Data Science Team have the answers.
In March, Facebook released a guide for causes and nonprofits, advising them on how to reach Facebook users with their pages. The social network announced Wednesday that the guide is now available in four additional languages.
Social sales and marketing software provider Hearsay Social brought its social sales platform to the next level with Monday’s release of a new sales solution targeted toward sales representatives, as well as a new brand solution to provide corporate page-management tools for brands with large field sales forces.
The Facebook Antivirus Marketplace is now available in seven new languages: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and Portuguese.
UPDATED 4:05 p.m. ET: Mobile messaging application WhatsApp denied a report in TechCrunch saying that it was in talks with Facebook about being acquired by the social network, telling AllThingsD, “The TechCrunch article is a rumor and not factually accurate. We have no further information to share at the moment.”
English is still the most widely spoken language on Facebook, but a new challenger is rising. According to statistics from Socialbakers, a growing number of new users speak Portuguese, the third-most-popular language on the social network.