Message to: Scaredy Cat, Turbo Mom, Latest and Greatest Guy, and Fitness Fanatic — you make us sick! That’s because you spread the flu, but The FLUgitives are plotting against you on Facebook.
It’s probably not surprising that when Facebook users are 21, most of their friends are also in that same age bracket. It’s also not a shocker to say that men talk about sports on Facebook more than women. But how do trends change over time? Do 30-year-olds tend to talk about health more than new high-school graduates? A highly visual set of data from Wolfram Alpha brings Facebook’s social graph to life, showing how people connect and relate to each other on the social network.
More companies are putting more importance on having a Facebook presence, but which industries have seen the most growth in terms of pages and fans? Analytics company Socialbakers crunched the numbers from July through September (the third quarter of the year), finding that health and travel were the kinds of Facebook pages being set up the most. Pages regarding health and alcohol saw the greatest gains in terms of fans.
Earlier this year, Facebook added organ donation to the life events section, allowing users to announce it to their friends. But does announcing that you’re an organ donor on Facebook really change your offline habits? According to a Purdue University health expert, no.
Medtronic Diabetes, a diabetes management solutions company, is using its Facebook timeline in a pretty inspirational way. Through social media marketing firm Likeable Media, it invites those living with diabetes to share success stories and photos of life events.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launched 152 individual Facebook pages for each hospital in the VA system.
Los Angeles health officials first discovered the origin of a respiratory illness outbreak in a Facebook post.
The Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline has disciplined a physician for posting patient information on Facebook.
Scientists are studying how social networking sites like Facebook causes us to release oxytocin, a cuddly chemical that is linked with all kinds of feel-good emotions.
The Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation’s Facebook page needs your like in order to raise up to $125,000 in April.