The Kansas City Royals brought an abrupt end to Turner Sports’ coverage of the American League Championship Series by sweeping the Baltimore Orioles, but the cable programmer was still able to show off some of the features enabled by its embedding of Facebook into its live postseason productions.
Shaq’s back: Retired National Basketball Association legend Shaquille O’Neal will once again be Shaq-a-Claus as part of the #PlayItForward Challenge from retail giant Toys “R” Us, benefiting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
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.
Facebook announced two tweaks to its News Feed algorithm aimed at ensuring that the content users see is timely: Posts related to trending topics will be ranked higher, and the rate at which users like or comment on posts shortly after they go live will be factored in.
The 2014 college football season is in full swing, with teams already moving up and down the AP poll, and marketing cloud technology provider Unified did some polling of its own, ranking the preseason top 10 teams in the AP poll in terms of Facebook engagement.
The 2014 National Football League season kicked off Thursday night, with the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks routing the visiting Green Bay Packers, 36-16. Facebook said the opening game resulted in nearly 15 million interactions (posts, comments and likes) from more than 8.5 million users.
People all over Facebook are soaking themselves with ice water to bring awareness to ALS — including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. But how widespread has this been? Facebook released statistics Friday, showing that 15 million people across the social network have posted about, commented or liked a post related to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. People have also posted more than 1.2 million videos.