Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured the photo to the left, of singer-songwriter Bruno Mars; as well as the photo atop the post of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) after being awarded the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service by the U.S. Army.
The 35-year prison sentence handed down Wednesday to Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private who leaked some 750,000 pages of classified documents and videos to online anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, ignited Facebook, as Manning quickly became the top trending topic on the social network.
On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens will meet in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII — a topic already hugely popular on Facebook. The 49ers, led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, are the most-talked-about team on the social network by far. However, the two fan bases have a few things in common on Facebook.
Facebook is continuing its ongoing efforts to combat bullying and address other public safety issues, with a high-ranking executive joining a panel of government and private-sector leaders in the release of a long-awaited report addressing suicide prevention.
The ability to back-date content on Facebook’s timeline profile only goes back to 1800, which previously would not have been an issue due to the lack of 212-year-olds on the social network. But some brands have been around for more than 212 years, and the launch of timeline for pages is forcing those brands to be creative.
The U.S. Army’s Facebook page has reached the on million fan mark, and members of Congress are saluting a job well done.