Cricket World Cup 2015 on Facebook

By Saurabh Doshi, Head – Media Partnerships – India, and Karren Rogers, Strategic Partner Development Manager- Australia and New Zealand

This year’s Cricket World Cup was notable not only for the memorable contests on the cricket field, but also for the conversation and engaging content it drove on Facebook. From January 1 to March 29, 53 million people had more than 700 million interactions about the Cricket World Cup on the platform. (more…)

Sports

Recap of F8

Over the past two days, developers from around the world joined us for F8, our global developer conference held in San Francisco, California. We made a number of developer-focused announcements at the event. We also introduced a handful of new products and updates that we hope will make it easier for media companies, brands and other organizations to share and engage with their audiences. (more…)

General

Jimmy Kimmel Live at South by Southwest

By Kelly Michelena, Broadcast Partnerships & Jonathan Hull, Music Partnerships

ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” came to Austin for South by Southwest and used Facebook Video to shine a light on local bands every day of the festival. The exclusive video series, posted to the show’s official Facebook Page, featured acoustic performances by The Lost Pines and other bands. Producers tapped Mighty Mighty Bosstones frontman, Dicky Barrett, to conduct interviews with various performers. (more…)

Entertainment

Updates to the Facebook Video API

By Lior Ben-Kereth, Engineering Manager, Videos

Many media companies, brands, and other video creators publish video to Facebook, either directly through their Page or programmatically through our Video API.

Today, we’re announcing a number of updates to our Video API, allowing for more control and customization of videos on Facebook. With these improvements, we hope to help these creators better reach their audiences on Facebook. (more…)

General

Author Paulo Coelho’s #adayinmylife on Facebook

By Christian Rôças, Strategic Partnerships, Brazil

Since 1987, Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, has organized an annual birthday party in different parts of the world, and this year he decided to invite all of his Facebook friends, too! Coelho’s actual birthday is August 24, but he marks the occasion each year on March 19, St. Joseph’s Day, inviting hundreds of personal friends to join him. This year’s celebration took place at Santiago de Compostela in Spain, which was the setting for one of the author’s most popular books, The Diary of a Magus. (more…)

Authors

Emma Watson Celebrates International Women’s Day on Facebook Live

By Glenn Miller & Libby Leffler, Strategic Partnerships

On Sunday, March 8, in celebration of International Women’s Day, Emma Watson joined fans and friends on Facebook Live to discuss her work as the UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador representing the #HeForShe movement. The Facebook Live event, which was hosted by radio and TV presenter, Greg James, at Facebook London, included fan questions from Facebook. (more…)

Nonprofits

Can’t Miss Videos: February

By Brad Ferry, Strategic Partner Development

People are sharing and discovering videos on Facebook more than ever before. With this new monthly series, we’ll be posting a round-up of some of the most popular and interesting videos posted by Pages on Facebook from the past month.

Here are the 10 standout videos from February:

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General

Ivete Sangalo Celebrates Carnival through Facebook

By Christian Rôças, Strategic Partnerships, Brazil

After a week of parties and street parades, more than 49 million people generated more than 534 million interactions – posts, likes and comments – about Brazil’s Carnival. On Instagram, there were 127 million interactions about Carnival in Brazil. (more…)

Entertainment