Facebook users took to the social network during the inauguration of President Barack Obama Monday, and the U.S. Politics on Facebook page shared some data on terms that trended throughout the day, with the largest spike going to national anthem singer Beyoncé.
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People all over the U.S. were posting about either President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Facebook during Election Day. But buzz about ballots wasn’t limited to the 50 states. Facebook released statistics Wednesday showing that the U.S. presidential election was popular in Canada, the U.K., and Australia.
Now that the 2012 presidential election is in the record books, we can start to examine more closely the role that Facebook played in the first “social election” and how the winners and losers used the platform in the waning hours of the race.
At the start of Election Day, Facebook pointed out that users will gradually see a prompt at the top of their page (and as a notification on their mobile app) to declare that they’ve voted and motivate friends to do the same. However, many users noticed that the prompt seemed to be timed to follow moments of inactivity, presumably following a user’s journey to the polls.
Facebook is maximizing its Election 2012 resources on Election Day Tuesday, and users can get a sense of what voters are talking about on the U.S. Politics on Facebook page. Not surprisingly, the first release of Election Day data from the Facebook Talk Meter finds that the word “election” is dominating news feeds, followed closely by “Obama,” then “Romney,” with men scoring higher than women on the 10-point scale.
Can’t find that slip of paper telling you where to cast your vote tomorrow in the presidential election? Don’t worry, Facebook is here to help. An application on the U.S. Politics on Facebook page directs voters to their polling place, based on their address.
President Barack Obama‘s response to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney that included a dated reference to “horses and bayonets” launched a meme that swept Facebook during the third and final presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla., Monday night.
While the phrase “binders full of women” took off on Facebook Tuesday night during the second presidential debate in Long Island, N.Y., there was another fight brewing on the social network over dueling search term mentions, with Romney, Obama, and women garnering the top three spots, according to data posted on the U.S. Politics on Facebook page.
The only debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was a substantive and spirited affair, with supporters on Facebook weighing in on everything from taxes to abortion and from Iran to Libya.