With more than 10,000 different Android devices being used to access Facebook by some 500 million users, how does the social network ensure that those users are getting the best experience on their devices? Not by the version of Android’s operating system, product manager Chris Marra and software engineer Daniel Weaver explained in a post on the Facebook engineering blog, but by what they referred to as year class.
The goal of Internet.org – the initiative launched in August 2013 by Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung — is to connect the 4.4 billion people who currently lack access to the Internet, but a mission on such a large scale is not without barriers, and a study released Wednesday by McKinsey & Co., “Offline and Falling Behind: Barriers to Internet Adoption” (embedded below), examines those barriers.
The Facebook Data Science Team enjoyed a honeymoon period recently, using data from check-ins on the social network to determine the top honeymoon destinations in 2014, for both U.S. users and globally.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been red-hot on Facebook, and the social network offered an update on just how hot, saying that 28 million users posted, commented on or liked related posts from June 1 through Aug. 17.
The Facebook Data Science Team revisited check-ins at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, analyzing more than 1 million of them and determining how many users met during the event and connected on the social network.
Prior to Sunday’s final match of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, the Facebook Data Science Team analyzed posts from each of the 32 countries that participated in the tournament, examining how support moved from one team to another after clubs were eliminated.
With 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil in the history books, the Facebook Data Science Team reported that 350 million Facebook users generated 3 billion interactions (posts, likes, and comments) during the tournament, which ran from June 12 through Sunday (July 13), making it the most-talked-about sporting event in the social network’s history.
The second semifinal match at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil did not approach the first in terms of game play or Facebook buzz, but according to the Facebook Data Science Team, the victory by Argentina over the Netherlands on penalty kicks (4-2) after a 0-0 draw resulted in more than 83 million interactions (posts, comments, and likes) on the social network, from 39 million users.