Father’s Day on Facebook: dads, kids both love Family Guy, Dallas Cowboys

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Sunday is Father’s Day, so Facebook took a look to find the ties that bind fathers with their children on Facebook.

Facebook found that fathers share many interests with their children, including The Hangover, Family Guy and Johnny Cash:

While fathers and their kids may feel like there is little overlap between their favorite musicians, athletes and movies, we took a look at Likes on Facebook and found that they may have more in common than they thought. This analysis of mutual Likes among self-identified fathers and their children on Facebook as compared with Likes among all people who use Facebook reveals what their shared interests look like across music, athletes, entertainment and more. Only children who are over age 18 in likely father-child relationships were considered.

Want to see what else dads and their kids on Facebook mutually enjoy?

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An inside look at Facebook’s Prineville, Ore. data center

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Facebook recently shared some successes found in the economic impact report of its Prineville, Ore. data center — namely that it has contributed $64.7 million in output and 266 jobs throughout Oregon in 2013 alone.

Earlier this year, Facebook commissioned an independent firm, ECONorthwest, to measure the data center’s economic impact on both a regional and statewide level. Over the past 5 years, construction of Facebook’s Prineville data center has generated 651 jobs in Central Oregon (3,592 total in Oregon) and $573 million capital spending statewide.

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Nearly half of Facebook users are soccer fans

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As the World Cup, the biggest event in soccer, approaches, Facebook decided to share some interesting stats about soccer fans on its platform.

Of the 1.2 billion people on Facebook, some 500 million of them are soccer fans (people who have liked a soccer player or a soccer team), making it the largest stadium in the world. In the U.S. alone, 48.9 million people are soccer fans, the second highest number for any country after Brazil, which has 53.8 million soccer fans on Facebook.

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Mother’s Day: More than 27M U.S. moms on Facebook

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Facebook’s Data Science Team recently took a deep dive into Mother’s Day, finding that more than 27 million U.S. women identify as mothers, with the highest concentration of moms occurring in Wyoming.

Other fun facts about moms on Facebook:

  • The average age of all mothers on Facebook is 47, while the average age of new moms who have had a baby since last Mother’s Day is 30
  • The states with the most moms on Facebook are Wyoming, West Virginia, Iowa, South Dakota, Idaho
  • The states with the fewest moms on Facebook are New York, California, Virginia, Hawaii, New Jersey

Facebook also examined the geographical proximity between mothers and children over time.

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Earth Day: Where are the most popular U.S. National Parks on Facebook?

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In light of Earth Day, Facebook recently put out a list of the most checked-in U.S. National Parks, with Arizona’s Grand Canyon leading the list.

Of all the people who checked into a U.S. National Park on Facebook in 2013, 9 percent visited more than one National Park in that year. Interestingly, 12 percent of those who checked into a National Park on Facebook last year weren’t from the U.S. The top countries of international visitors to U.S. National Parks (according to Facebook check-in data): the U.K., Germany, Canada, Australia and France.

Among U.S. residents who checked into a National Park on Facebook, Washington D.C. was the most popular city of origin, followed by Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego and Denver.

Read below to find out the most checked-in U.S. National Parks on Facebook.

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Who are Facebook users rooting for in the NHL playoffs?

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The National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs are coming up, and Facebook mined its data to find out where fans of each team are.

The above map of the U.S. and Canada shows which NHL team has the most Facebook fans from each state or province.

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NCAA March Madness on Facebook: 46M posts, comments, likes by 15.3M people

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The 2013-14 men’s college basketball season came to a close Monday night as the University of Connecticut Huskies were crowned champions after a victory over the Kentucky Wildcats.

From Selection Sunday through the title game (March 16 – April 7), roughly 15.3 million Facebook users made more than 46 million posts, comments, likes about March Madness, the frenetic finish to men’s college basketball’s season.

Facebook also highlighted the most buzzed about moments from Monday night’s championship game:

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Infographic: What do Final Four fans like on Facebook?

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College basketball’s 2013-14 season is down to its Final Four: Wisconsin, Florida, Kentucky and UConn. The four schools will battle it out Saturday in Arlington, Tex. with a chance to go to the championship game and cut down the nets.

Gigya, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, examined the Facebook fanbases of the four teams and discovered their likes. For instance, of the Final Four teams, Kentucky has the highest percentage of women (55 percent), while Wisconsin has the highest concentration of male fans (77 percent). Kentucky fans are more likely to enjoy The Notebook, while Wisconsin and Florida fans love The Hangover.

Find out more by clicking below.

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Grandparents prove Facebook is no longer just for the young

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People say that Facebook is for kids, but one of the fastest growing categories is grandparents — folks older than 50.

Click below to find out what 45.3 million folks 50 and older in the U.S. like.

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A Facebook map of baseball fandom

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As Major League Baseball prepares for another Opening Day (though the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks have already played a few games), Facebook released a map showing users’ baseball allegiances, measured in terms of likes on each teams’ Facebook page.

The largest swaths of the U.S. map are taken up by the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers. Facebook notes that there’s not a single county in America where most Facebook users like the Oakland Athletics, New York Mets or Toronto Blue Jays.

Want to find out who most of the Facebook users in your county root for? Click below to see the map.

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