4th of July: Top Facebook pages liked by Americans

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As today is 4th of July — the United States’ celebrated Independence Day, we figured it would be prudent to take a look at the top pages liked by Facebook users in America.

Though by far the page on Facebook with the most likes is Facebook for Every Phone, it’s a major big-box retailer that captures the most likes from the U.S., according to PageData. Additionally, more American Facebook users like the page for rapper Nicki Minaj than President Barack Obama.

Look below for a list of the top 25 pages, in terms of likes from American users.

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Top 25 Facebook pages: July 2014 — Cristiano Ronaldo passes Rihanna

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One of the most popular athletes in the World Cup has been Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, despite his team’s elimination. That popularity is evident in Ronaldo’s Facebook page, which has passed singer Rihanna to become the fifth biggest page on the site, according to PageData.

Since we last tracked the pages with the most likes on Facebook in June, Ronaldo’s page has grown by roughly 6 million fans.

Look below to find the top 25 pages, in terms of Facebook fans.

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Top 25 Facebook pages: June 2014 — Cristiano Ronaldo zooms past Coca-Cola

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As soccer fans gear up for the World Cup, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s Facebook page has become increasingly popular. Ronaldo’s Facebook page has gained more than 880,000 fans in the past week, and has passed Coca-Cola in terms of popularity on the social network — according to Mediabistro’s PageData.

Since we last tracked the Facebook pages with the most likes, there has been little significant movement, but with a big World Cup performance, Ronaldo could be primed to pass singer Rihanna and become Facebook’s third-most popular person.

Want to see a list of the most-liked Facebook pages? Check it out below.

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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West make Instagram history

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A photo posted this week by reality TV star Kim Kardashian has broken Justin Bieber’s Instagram record for most likes, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed.

Kardashian recently wed rapper Kanye West in a private ceremony. Kardashian posted a photo May 27 of the newlyweds kissing and since then, the photo has more than 1.99 million likes. The photo has also generated more than 37,100 comments.

The kiss photo broke the old record, set by singer Justin Bieber, posted 5 months ago, where he is being hugged by singer Selena Gomez. That photo has 1.82 million likes.

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Where are the most popular universities on Facebook?

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As millions of graduates around the world turn their tassels this month, we took a look at the most-liked universities on Facebook. According to Mediabistro’s PageData, many of the universities with the most Facebook fans are online or based outside of the U.S.

Did you go to any of the schools below?

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Top 25 Facebook pages: May 2014 — Real Madrid growing

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One of the world’s most popular soccer teams is also a force against other Facebook pages. According to Mediabistro’s PageData, Real Madrid C.F. has gained more than 1 million fans over the past week and is now the No. 23-most liked page on Facebook. Real Madrid is the second-most-popular soccer team on Facebook, as F.C. Barcelona and its 63.5 million fans rank No. 18.

Want to discover the pages with the most Facebook likes? Look below. All numbers accurate as of May 5, 2014.

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Easter: What are the top 15 candy brands on Facebook?

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As Easter approaches, many kids (and adults) will wake up Sunday morning to baskets waiting to be filled with Easter eggs and chocolate.

So we took a look into PageData’s numbers to find out what candies are most-liked by Facebook users. While Hershey’s, Snickers, Reese’s and M&M’s were near the top of the list, the candy page with the most likes on Facebook doesn’t have any chocolate.

Find out what it is below.

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Top 25 Facebook pages: April 2014 — Shakira is now Facebook’s most-liked person

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Last month, we talked about how Shakira’s Facebook fanbase was rapidly growing. Now, according to PageData, Shakira is Facebook’s most-liked person, with 87.7 million fans on the social network.

Shakira’s Facebook page has gained nearly 1 million fans in the past week and passed Rihanna as the person with the most likes on Facebook. She still trails Facebook for Every Phone and Facebook’s own page.

Shakira officially earned the honor on March 21 and shared the news with her fans in a post.

Discover which Facebook pages have the most likes by clicking below.

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Why brands need to quit complaining about Facebook reach & advertising

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Recently, popular food delivery service Eat24 penned a breakup letter to Facebook, threatening to close its presence on the social network because of all the constant News Feed algorithm changes, fake likes and a push for advertising.

This complaint has been uttered or screamed by brand managers all over the world. It needs to stop.

Facebook is, at the end of the day, a business. It is not a charity. Companies — who are generally in the business of making money — complaining about a business doing what it can to make money feels self-centered.

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Wu-Tang Clan announces exclusive album, nearly doubles Facebook fanbase

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Hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan announced this week that they’ll make just one copy of their next album, sparking speculation and discussion all over Facebook.

How much interest did this announcement generate? Tons. According to Mediabistro’s PageData, the Wu-Tang Clan’s Facebook page has almost doubled — going from 2.8 million fans on Thursday to 4.9 million on Friday. The group announced that, in order to send a message that music is truly art, only one copy of the double album The Wu–Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

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