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 number of Facebook posts, comments, and likes related to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil has officially topped the 1 billion mark, from some 220 million users, according to the Facebook Data Science Team.
The opening match of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil was the most social thus far, according to the Facebook Data Science Team, while the goal by Javier “Chicharito” Hernández in Mexico’s 3-0 win over Croatia was the most social goal, host nation Brazil topped all countries in tournament-related conversations, and Neymar of Brazil was the player who generated the most buzz.
The “Group of Death” at 2014 FIFA World Cup 2014, Group G, wrapped up its games Thursday, with Germany and the U.S. moving on to the round of 16 following Germany’s 1-0 victory over the U.S., and the journey ending for Ghana and Portugal after the latter outlasted the former, 2-1. According to the Facebook Data Science Team, more than 17 million Facebook users were responsible for more than 31 million interactions (posts, comments, and likes) during Thursday’s matches.
The dramatic 2-2 draw Sunday between the U.S. and Portugal at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, in which Portugal’s Silvestre Varela headed in the equalizer in the waning seconds of the game, resulted in approximately 20 million interactions (posts, comments, and likes) by some 10 million Facebook users, according to the Facebook Data Science Team.
The hugely anticipated 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match between Germany and Portugal Monday wound up being a lopsided affair and a 4-0 German victory. According to the Facebook Data Science Team, the game was responsible for more than 46 million Facebook interactions by more than 22 million users.
Athletes and other celebrities use Facebook as a platform for numerous reasons, and soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, of Real Madrid and Portugal’s national team, turned to the social network to raise awareness of the plight of Syrian refugees.
Love is in the air for the Facebook Data Science Team, as it is devoting Valentine’s Day week to a series of blog posts analyzing related trends among the social network’s users. The first installment, written by Mike Develin, focused on religion.