Facebook mentions of Small Business Saturday were 1,200 percent higher on the actual day (Nov. 30) than during the week leading up to it, and the #smallbusinesssaturday hashtag saw usage skyrocket 2,300 percent that same day, according to statistics from the social network.
Renewable energy is in the wind at Facebook, as the social network announced that when its data center in Altoona, Iowa, begins serving traffic in early 2015, the facility will be fully powered by a new wind energy project in nearby Wellsburg.
The 2008 Protect Children from Sexual Predators Act in North Carolina, which prevented registered sex offenders from joining social networks including Facebook, was ruled unconstitutional by that state’s Court of Appeals.
Facebook is going public with the results of its efficiency efforts at its data centers in Prineville, Ore., and Forest City, N.C., debuting two public dashboards that display real-time data for the data centers’ PUE (power usage effectiveness) and WUE (water usage effectiveness) levels.
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.
This past April, Facebook began operations at its second data center in the U.S., in Forest City, N.C., which joined its already existing facility in Prineville, Ore. But how does the social network deal with the differences in climate between the two locations?
Over the past year, Facebook has been on a rampage against users who either don’t exist or are using fake names. After all, advertisers want real people with real information behind those likes. The New York Times examined this issue, showing how pseudonyms can be used for good and for evil.
People all over the U.S. were posting about either President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Facebook during Election Day. But buzz about ballots wasn’t limited to the 50 states. Facebook released statistics Wednesday showing that the U.S. presidential election was popular in Canada, the U.K., and Australia.
Now that the 2012 presidential election is in the record books, we can start to examine more closely the role that Facebook played in the first “social election” and how the winners and losers used the platform in the waning hours of the race.