The poke feature may be a bit beneath him, and we somehow doubt that he will embrace stickers, but theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking managed to accumulate more than 923,000 likes on his Facebook page since its Oct. 7 launch, and his debut post emerged Friday.
The results of elections in the U.S. are not decided by Facebook likes, and this is a good thing, because while Shakira may be very entertaining, she is probably not best-suited to serve as president. But likes do provide an effective way to get a feel for public consensus, and with the midterm elections fast approaching, Facebook created an interactive dashboard examining candidates’ likes and people talking about this totals in races for governor, the House of Representatives and the Senate.
With Ebola continuing to be a top health concern, ABC News turned to Facebook to host a town-hall event on the topic, and manager of strategic partnerships for broadcast news Beth Loyd said in a post on the Facebook Media blog that highlight videos posted to the social network by ABC News have reached more than 10 million users and been viewed more than 1.5 million times.
Beauty entrepreneur Michelle Phan took a unique approach when using Facebook videos to promote her first book, Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style and Success — Online and Off. She uploaded a short video trailer for each of the book’s chapters to her page, and those trailers ended up totaling more than 1.26 million views.
Despite posting an apology and claiming that it will “work on internal procedures,” the ripples caused by Facebook’s real-name policy spread wider and wider. More groups are being affected, and the hubbub has chummed the waters, ending in more accounts suspended in what has become a cultural cyber-war. And real-name policy is targeting the WRONG people in this reporting equation.
Do you know the best time to post on your Facebook page? I’m not talking about the recommended best times, or the times when most of your followers are online, but the times to post that garner the most reach and engagement on your posts.
Big changes are coming to Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Developer program, including an early 2015 rechristening as Facebook Marketing Partners, as well as a reorganization of partner companies by specific areas of expertise.
Facebook continued to mark National Cyber Security Awareness Month with content aimed at keeping its users safe on the social network, and the latest installment is an infographic containing tips for how small and midsized businesses can protect their pages.
For the fourth consecutive year, Publishers Clearing House launched its “The Give Back” social media giving campaign as part of its relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, but this time around, there’s a new twist: Rather than voting on which charities will receive charitable donations, St. Jude is guaranteed $150,000, and Facebook users who like the PCH page can add up to $50,000 to that total by playing games.