Two of the most popular topics in 2012 were the Summer Olympic Games in London and the U.S. presidential election. People on Facebook talked about both quite a bit, so it’s not shocking that U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps’ biggest sponsor (Subway) and Fox News were among the most popular Facebook pages of 2012, according to a study by the Track Social Blog.
We’ve heard from just about everyone else regarding how popular the 2012 Summer Olympic Games were on Facebook, but now it’s time for the social network to dish out its official statistics. The site noted that there were more than 116 million posts and comments related to the Games in London. And athletes collectively added 12.2 million likes to their pages between the opening and closing ceremonies.
Jamaica and German gymnast Marcel Nguyen (pictured) soared at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London last week in terms of Facebook likes, according to statistics from social media marketing software provider Wildfire Interactive.
People all around the world are going crazy on Facebook for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Thanks to the wide availability of data, we can see just how crazy. Olympics fans can play games, use applications to gain more information about their favorite athletes, like an Olympian’s Facebook page, or simply mention them in a status update. So what have been the most popular apps and who have been the most popular athletes so far?
Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps has made a statement on his Facebook fan page apologizing for a photograph that shows Phelps smoking marijuana at a college party. At least Phelps is being proactive about the situation, given his celebrity status as an athlete. Perhaps he’s taken cues from other athletes that have had to deal with a number of different drug-related situations–the public tends to be more forgiving when a celebrity is forthcoming from the start.
The Facebook fan page post from Phelps reads as follows:
“I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. I’m 23-years-old, and despite the successes I have had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner that people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public – it will not happen again.“