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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Facebook battling bug affecting link posts

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Many page admins have been struggling with link posts lately, unable to upload an image to go along with the post. The image that goes along with the link post is just the default one that Facebook pulls from the website.

Facebook confirmed to Inside Facebook that it’s not a change in link posts, but a bug that the company is dealing with.

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Facebook testing ‘Popular Pages in Your Area’ feature

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Wondering what pages people in your area like? Facebook is apparently testing a sidebar feature called Popular Pages in Your Area.

As brought to Inside Facebook’s attention by Samuel Edwards of Tenthwave and Danny Goodwin of Search Engine Watch, some users are seeing a sidebar module that allows users to see popular pages liked by people in their area.

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Study: Brands still overwhelmingly prefer photos on Facebook

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Though Facebook has tried to make its link share post format more visual, with bigger images, many marketers still prefer to simply post photos (usually with a link) to their Facebook pages.

A new study by Socialbakers, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, of Facebook posts in a month by more than 30,000 brands shows that 75 percent of the content posted were photos. Links were the next biggest group, with 10 percent. The reason why? 87 percent of the engagement happens on photos, Socialbakers found among the top 10 percent of posts.

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Facebook testing more descriptive review prompts

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In an effort to encourage users to leave better reviews on place-based pages, it appears that Facebook has beefed up the prompt.

As noticed by intrepid Inside Facebook reader Matteo Gamba, the input box for some review prompts offers a much more detailed preview of what a user can write.

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Infographic: New Facebook page layout dimensions

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Most marketers already know that Facebook is, yet again, rolling out another design for Facebook pages.

Fialkov Digital — an Israel-based social advertising agency — studied the changes in Facebook’s latest change and created an infographic for page admins, showing the exact dimensions of the cover photo and profile photo, among other items.

Click below to learn more.

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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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Yankees, Dodgers open baseball season as Facebook’s most talked about teams

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As the baseball season approaches this weekend (though the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks have already opened their seasons in Australia), the New York Yankees are both the most liked and talked-about team on Facebook, according to Mediabistro’s PageData.

The Yankees’ Facebook page has a PTAT value of more than 385,000. Also highly discussed on Facebook are the Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds. Although the Reds don’t yet have 1 million fans on Facebook, the chatter about that page is still third in baseball — ranking just higher than the Boston Red Sox, who have 4.4 million Facebook fans.

Find out how many people are currently talking about each Major League Baseball team by clicking below.

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Infographic: Guide to Facebook News Feed image sizes

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As Facebook rolls out a redesigned News Feed to more and more users, page admins are trying to stay a step ahead in planning visual content that will fit the mold.

Gain — an app for managing Facebook marketing within teams — has studied the changes in News Feed and developed a clear infographic, showing the image sizes page admins need to know.

Click below to learn more.

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