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How The Equality Symbol Spread Through Facebook

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On March 26, several people all over Facebook changed their profile photos to red and light-shaded equality signs in support of the Human Rights Campaign and same-sex marriage. While Facebook couldn’t track specifically the numbers of those who changed their profile pictures to this image, the site’s data science team tracked how many users changed their profile photos that day — an increase of 120 percent.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Social Wedding

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You may have noticed that whenever a Facebook friend gets married, it sets off a flurry of activity throughout the social network. Friends post photos from the wedding, and there’s the creation of a life event and the notification on the top-right corner of the screen. Mashable and TheKnot.com recently studied how entwined Facebook is in users’ nuptials, finding that 8 percent of people are updating their Facebook relationship status to engaged just minutes after saying yes.

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