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This article was published on August 15, 2012

Facebook on the Olympics: 116M related posts and comments, athletes received 12.2M likes

Facebook on the Olympics: 116M related posts and comments, athletes received 12.2M likes

Now that the dust has settled on the London Olympics, Facebook has revealed a number of stats relating to how content was shared during the time between the opening and closing ceremonies. Most notably, Facebook saw over 116 million posts and comments relating to the Olympics games, and collectively, athletes added an impressive 12.2 million likes to their Pages.

These stats reveal just how capable Facebook is of segmenting and targeting user content, including the ability to draw connections between the nicknames and actual names of athletes. Furthermore, this content is, of course, completely divisible by gender and location.

On July 31, the day Michael Phelps became the most-decorated Olympian, we saw an increase of more than 1200% in the volume of mentions containing his nickname, “Baltimore bullet.” Female fans led this charge, with a 2700% increase in mentions of the nickname – though men helped the cause with a 925% increase. And, perhaps not surprising, Phelps’ home-state Maryland showed pride in their medal-studded “Baltimore bullet,” with the largest increase across states all the states, at 2800%.

There really is a gold mine of personal data available to Facebook, which it has hardly even begun to utilize. It’s a bit scary, but from a monetary perspective, the company’s slumped stock price certainly has the potential to rise as more and more data is gathered. Think about it: Facebook could grab all users that mentioned Phelps and later joined a swim team or country club.

Now, if you’re more concerned about privacy than the value of the social network, you might want to do some research on Facebook’s business model of selling everything you share.

More stats below:

– More than 1M people liked Jamaican Usain Bolt’s Page during the games, bringing his total to more than 8.1M.

– More than 850K people liked Michael Phelps’ Page during the games, bringing his total to more than 6.3M.

Local favorites became world-renowned athletes throughout the Olympics with their spirit and perseverance – a couple of athletes from Great Britain led the way here…

– Jessica Ennis saw an increase of 632%, bringing her to a total of 801K people connected to her Page – starting from just 108.7K.

– Tom Daley saw an increase of 672%, bringing him to a total of 1M – starting from just 120K.

You can check out all of the stats of Facebook’s “Newsroom.”

Featured image by Paul Fisher