From his retirement announcement via a Feb. 12 Facebook post to the final innings of his Major League Baseball career last week, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has incorporated Facebook into his farewell season. Rob Shaw, who works on strategic partner development for sports media content at the social network, examined how Jeter’s swan song played out on Facebook in a post on the Facebook Media blog.
Roughly 6.2 million Facebook users weighed in on the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Monday night, leading to 10.9 million interactions on the social network, Data Analyst Betsy Williams wrote in a Newsroom post.
HBO drama series “Game of Thrones” has been the topic of much buzz on Facebook, with the final episode of its fourth season having aired Sunday night, and now, Facebook Product Specialist Dave Goldblatt will have a chance to be a part of that buzz, as George R.R. Martin — creator of the television series and author of the A Song of Ice and Fire books that “Game of Thrones” is based on — will add a character named after Goldblatt to an upcoming book.
Those may have been the drones Facebook was looking for, but they now belong to Google. The Wall Street Journal reported that Google will acquire Titan Aerospace, a near-orbital, solar-powered drone manufacturer that the social network was reportedly in talks to acquire last month, with an eye toward using its Solara 60 unmanned aerial vehicles to help provide Internet access to unserved parts of the world, starting with Africa, as part of the Internet.org initiative.
The government may be shut down, but Facebook is still up and running, to the tune of more than 45 million interactions related to the issue this week, from more than 17 million users.
UPDATED: The final episode of AMC’s hit drama, “Breaking Bad,” aired Sunday night, and more than 3 million Facebook users generated more than 5.5 million interactions during the show, according to the social network, which added that in the series’ fifth and final season alone, there have been 23.68 million posts and interactions related to “Breaking Bad,” from 11.14 million unique users.
This week’s Supreme Court hearings on two cases related to same-sex marriage have taken over many a Facebook News Feed, and according to a post on the LGBTQ@Facebook page, “equality” was the top related term on the Facebook Talk Meter.
With the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tournament set to tip off Tuesday, Michael Bailey of the Facebook Data Science Team filled out his brackets with information on Facebook likes in a note on the Sports on Facebook page.
Earlier this year, a 101-year-old woman from Menlo Park, Calif. (in Facebook’s neighborhood) was crowned the oldest user on the social network. However, according to ABC News, a 105-year-old woman from New Mexico is the rightful owner of the title.
New Mexico Congressman Steven Pearce, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is using Facebook to make himself more accessible to his constituents who are halfway across the country.