The 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tournament is decided on the court, and not by posts on Facebook, but if the latter were true, Duke University, the University of Florida, the University of Virginia, and the University of Nebraska would advance to the Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the Duke Blue Devils would be cutting down the nets April 7.
The 2013 World Series got off to a rousing start for the Boston Red Sox Wednesday night, as the home team routed the visiting St. Louis Cardinals 8-1, while capturing 62 percent of Facebook chatter related to the game, compared with 38 percent for the Redbirds.
The government may be shut down, but Facebook is still up and running, to the tune of more than 45 million interactions related to the issue this week, from more than 17 million users.
NBC News used Facebook’s recently introduced keyword insights application-programming interface to examine the use of the #DearCongress hashtag it launched Tuesday in the wake of the government shutdown, and it found that women were talking about the event nearly three times more than men were (74 percent to 26 percent).
New York Yankees Relief Pitcher Mariano Rivera made his final appearance in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Tuesday night, as the surefire Hall of Famer will retire at the end of the season. Rivera walked away with Most Valuable Player honors, both from the game and from Sports on Facebook, as he was the most-mentioned player on the social network between 7 p.m. and midnight ET Tuesday.
Facebook is appealing a ruling made last year over a dispute regarding a Facebook like as free and protected speech. After a Virginia sheriff’s office employee liked the Facebook page of his boss’ political opponent, resulting in a post on the News Feed, the man lost his job. Daniel Ray Carter, along with five other people fired from the Hampton, Va., sheriff’s department, then filed a lawsuit claiming that likes on Facebook are free speech. A judge dismissed Carter’s claims in April 2012, but Facebook is keeping the fight alive.
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.