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.
Host Brazil’s shocking 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany in a semifinal match Tuesday at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil sparked the most conversation on Facebook of any of the tournament’s games to date, with 66 million of the social network’s users responsible for more than 200 million interactions (posts, comments, and likes), including more than 52 million interactions from 16 million users in Brazil alone, according to the Facebook Data Science Team.
The Fourth of July saw some daytime fireworks in the form of two 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil quarterfinal matches, as host Brazil edged Colombia 2-1, while Germany dispatched France 1-0. According to the Facebook Data Science Team, the Brazil-Colombia match resulted in 60 million interactions (posts, comments, and likes) from 26 million Facebook users, while the Germany-France contest spurred 26 million interactions from 16 million users.
The Facebook Data Science Team continued to analyze 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil as the tournament’s round of 16 came to a close, examining how users in different countries refer to “soccer” and “goals,” as well as compiling a list of the 10 goals that have generated the most shared posts and comments about goals.
Facebook Hopes Missed Calls Are A Good Thing For Advertisers Targeting Feature-Phone Users In High-Growth Markets
With two-thirds of the world’s mobile users still accessing Facebook and other social networks and websites via feature phones, the social network has had to get creative when it comes to advertising solutions to reach those users, many of which are in high-growth markets such as India, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, and Nigeria. How creative? How about an ad unit based on missed calls?
The Netherlands stunned Mexico late in Sunday’s elimination-round match at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, and according to the Facebook Data Science Team, the game generated some 35 million interactions (posts, comments, and likes) on the social network, from more than 19 million users.