Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured the photo to the left of retiring Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar leaving the pitch for the last time; as well as the photo atop the post, posted by National Basketball Association superstar and Miami Heat Forward LeBron James, of youths playing basketball in the Philippines amid the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
If it wasn’t bad enough that Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin renounced his U.S. citizenship, fellow co-founder and current CEO Mark Zuckerberg was likely rooting for an athlete from Haiti during the men’s triple jump final at the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games Thursday, but Samyr Laine, his freshman roommate at Harvard University, finished 11th out of 12 competitors with a distance of 16.65 meters, well behind the gold medal winner, Christian Taylor of the U.S., and his 17.81 meters.
A whopping 39 percent of Facebook users in the U.S., U.K., and Australia have already donated money or goods to the relief efforts in Haiti according to a joint survey between Facebook and Nielsen. The vast majority of these users, approximately 32 percent, have donated money, whereas 3 percent have donated goods. Approximately 3 percent have donated both goods and money.
A new message is spreading around Facebook suggesting that users honor a 5 minute moment of silence for all victims of the Haiti disaster. While the source of this message is unknown, numerous users are posting the details to their personal profiles. The moment of silence movement has now been translated into multiple languages as found via a public search on Facebook.
Do a quick search on Facebook for “Haiti” and you’ll see the hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of users rapidly updating their statuses expressing their empathy toward the people of Haiti, following the country’s catastrophic earthquake. In comparison to last week’s California quake which most people slept through, the volume of updates passing through Facebook is phenomenal.