The Facebook Data Science Team continued to analyze 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil as the tournament’s round of 16 came to a close, examining how users in different countries refer to “soccer” and “goals,” as well as compiling a list of the 10 goals that have generated the most shared posts and comments about goals.
The opening match of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil was the most social thus far, according to the Facebook Data Science Team, while the goal by Javier “Chicharito” Hernández in Mexico’s 3-0 win over Croatia was the most social goal, host nation Brazil topped all countries in tournament-related conversations, and Neymar of Brazil was the player who generated the most buzz.
Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos and videos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured the photo atop the post of Jimmy Fallon in the buildup to his debut as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
While most baseball fans either love or hate the New York Yankees, the team is growing in Facebook popularity. Already the most-liked baseball team on Facebook, the Yankees have added the most likes this past week of any Major League Baseball team, and by a wide margin. The team that has gained the second-most likes this week is the Los Angeles Dodgers, followed by the Boston Red Sox, and the Atlanta Braves.
Brazil’s got game on Facebook. Among Caribbean and Latin American countries active on the social network, the home of the world-famous Carnivale boasts close to 50 million users (the biggest swarm within the region) and annual growth of 144 percent, making it the country in these regions with the fastest growth.
Here are ten countries in which at least 86 percent of the online population is on Facebook.
We’ve covered multiple international protests that have been initiated on Facebook. While there haven’t been many protests to speak of over the past week, we continue to be on the lookout for upcoming political events initiated on the site. One country which I’ve been wondering about increasingly is Venezuela after watching Frontline’s “The Hugo Chavez Show“, something that I think everybody should take the time to watch.
The show highlights how much control Hugo Chavez has over the Venezuelan media, hosting his own weekly show which often goes on for hours. During the show he essentially lectures the country on his ideals and spends time placing blame on his advisors to are required to attend the show every week. With the rapid increase in poverty and crime, one has to wonder how much longer the country will support their leader.