The most-discussed topic on Facebook globally in 2014 was 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, while the outbreak of the Ebola virus was the topic of the most conversation in the U.S., the social network announced in a Newsroom post Tuesday.
The Hunger Games
“Twitter owns social TV. Facebook is trying to get there.” Joseph Pigato, managing director of customer-engagement firm Sparked, spoke those words Wednesday during a panel at mediabistro’s Inside Social Marketing conference in New York, “What We Can Learn from TV’s Top Social Campaigns,” where he was joined by Sesame Workshop Director of New Media Communication Daniel N. Lewis and moderator Natan Edelsburg, vice president of Sawhorse Media and writer for mediabistro’s Lost Remote blog.
With 2012 drawing to a close, Wednesday was year in review time at Facebook, as the social network released its 2012 Year in Review, as well as instructions for its users to create their own year in review posts.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground was the site of the most check-ins by Facebook users in Australia this year, while boy band One Direction was the most-discussed topic on the social network, and the song listened to most often Down Under via the Spotify application on Facebook was “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver, according to Facebook data released exclusively to Herald Sun parent News Ltd.
Facebook’s open graph can be a powerful tool for brands, provided they know how to use it. As more and more companies look to gain a foothold on the social network, open graph is a key way to foster engagement. Jon Eccles, product manager of social integration for Thismoment, spoke with AllFacebook about how brands are leveraging this technology to both spread the word and create a dialogue with Facebook users.
The Hunger Games premieres in movie theaters this Friday, and that day will also see a version of the game debut on Facebook.
Fandango is gearing up for the March 23 opening of feature film The Hunger Games by giving away 10 promotional mockingjay pins via the movie’s Facebook page.