It’s probably not surprising that when Facebook users are 21, most of their friends are also in that same age bracket. It’s also not a shocker to say that men talk about sports on Facebook more than women. But how do trends change over time? Do 30-year-olds tend to talk about health more than new high-school graduates? A highly visual set of data from Wolfram Alpha brings Facebook’s social graph to life, showing how people connect and relate to each other on the social network.
Facebook has been pushing users to share more of what they love, especially through structured status updates. Users can now post visual stories that say they’re watching “Game of Thrones,” or “The Big Bang Theory,” and those preferences will be added to users’ Timelines under favorite shows. But does liking a show’s Facebook page necessarily correlate to watching it? In a recent study, CitizenNet discovered that a 3 percent increase in likes for a show’s page usually translates into a 1 percent bump in viewership.
Facebook is taking steps to make it easier for users with its new Timeline to add movies, TV shows, and celebrities they like to their profiles, reaching an agreement with Rovi to use data from its Rovi Video database.
Facebook Product Manager Kate O’Neill spoke with Boston CBS affiliate WBZ-TV about new and revamped features recently introduced by the social network, including Graph Search and its redesigned News Feed.
Facebook has been releasing several small aesthetic changes this week to news feed, but it is also testing some changes on timeline — for the select few who have the newest version. The social network has revamped the “about,” section, giving users more options and allowing them to name shows and movies that they’d want to watch in the future.
Facebook is testing a host of new open graph actions for content involving subjects like books, movies, and television, including “rate,” “quote,” “wants to read,” and “wants to watch,” developer Tom Waddington pointed out to sister blog Inside Facebook.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 blew away the competition for most popular movie in 2012 in terms of Facebook fan actions, while Conan O’Brien edged Chelsea Handler for the title of favorite late-night talk-show host on television, according to social software company Expion.