If you’ve logged onto Facebook lately, you’ve probably seen at least one post about the World Cup. Facebook recently said that there has been more than 459 million interactions about the World Cup — greater than the Super Bowl, Oscars and Sochi Olympics combined.
Several lucky people have also gone to Brazil to cheer for their country. Facebook tracked the check-ins for World Cup cities from June 2-16, finding that Americans travel quite well, and most of the visitors to the games are between the ages of 18-34.
One of the most pressing questions about Facebook’s future revolves around teen usage. However, a new study by Forrester shows that maybe teens don’t hate Facebook after all.
Forrester surveyed more than 4,500 U.S. online users between 12 and 17 about their habits on social networks and apps. Among apps they use “all the time,” both Facebook and Instagram finished ahead of Snapchat.
America is going crazy for soccer during the 2014 World Cup. Facebook is making a big push to bring the conversation onto their platform, and one way that fans all over the world are showing their support for their country is by following the official team on Facebook.
We’ve learned that Mexico has the largest Facebook following, but U.S. Soccer is no slouch, with 1.4 million likes.
Where are those fans, though? Gigya, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, used its Consumer Insights product to find out.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: