The poke feature may be a bit beneath him, and we somehow doubt that he will embrace stickers, but theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking managed to accumulate more than 923,000 likes on his Facebook page since its Oct. 7 launch, and his debut post emerged Friday.
The results of elections in the U.S. are not decided by Facebook likes, and this is a good thing, because while Shakira may be very entertaining, she is probably not best-suited to serve as president. But likes do provide an effective way to get a feel for public consensus, and with the midterm elections fast approaching, Facebook created an interactive dashboard examining candidates’ likes and people talking about this totals in races for governor, the House of Representatives and the Senate.
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The “anonymous chatting application“ that The New York Times’ Bits blog initially reported on earlier this month is now a reality, as Facebook introduced the latest app from its Facebook Creative Labs initiative, Rooms, a throwback to the Internet’s early days and a nod to anonymity, forums, message boards and chat rooms.
For the fourth consecutive year, Publishers Clearing House launched its “The Give Back” social media giving campaign as part of its relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, but this time around, there’s a new twist: Rather than voting on which charities will receive charitable donations, St. Jude is guaranteed $150,000, and Facebook users who like the PCH page can add up to $50,000 to that total by playing games.
Facebook appears to be supplementing its recently introduced Privacy Checkup security tool with pop-up messages that appear when users are performing security-related tasks on the site.
Malala Yousafzai – who survived an Oct. 9, 2012, assassination attempt by the Taliban in Pakistan, where she was targeted for voicing her options about women’s rights and education — became the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner last Friday, and she shared her reaction on the Malala Fund Facebook page.
One of the most effective ways for celebrities and public figures to drive engagement on Facebook is by hosting question-and-answer sessions, and conversational marketing platform BumeBox – a new partner in the social network’s Public Content Solutions program — is making the launching and moderation of those Q&As easier via its social dashboard.