Social Media Matters: Facebook’s own fan page is tops… on Facebook

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, Aug. 19, 2011
Metro section

Facebook’s own fan page is tops… on Facebook

The world now has a new champion when it comes to the most popular Facebook page. Until recently, Texas Hold’em Poker had the most popular page but was recently overtaken by… drum roll… Facebook itself!

As of August 15, here were the top 10 most popular Facebook pages based on “likes:” 1. Facebook (50.4 million); 2) Texas Hold’em Poker (48.4 million); 3) Eminem (45.2 million); 4) YouTube (43.4 million); 5) Rihanna (43.3 million and growing fast!); 6) Lady Gaga (42.3 million); 7) Michael Jackson (39.5 million); 8 ) Shakira (38.9 million); 9) Family Guy (36.2 million); and 10) Justin Bieber (34.7 million).

Top Twitter accounts

As of August 15, the Top 10 Twitter accounts were: 1) Lady Gaga (@ladygaga – 12.6 million followers); 2) Justin Bieber (@justinbieber – 11.9 million); 3) Barack Obama (@BarackObama – 9.7 million); 4) Katy Perry (@katyperry – 9.2 million); 5) Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian – 9 million); 6) Britney Spears (@britneyspears – 9 million); 7) Shakira (@shakira – 7.6 million); 8 ) Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13 – 7.5 million); 9) Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk – 7.4 million); 10) Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow – 7.3 million).

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Each week, I feature three YouTube channels that you may want to check out.

Gary Vaynerchuk (1,250 subscribers): Gary is a wine and social media marketing expert who has also written a famous book on capitalizing on the synergistic nature of the Internet to market yourself – Crush It! While his official YouTube channel may not have tons of subscribers, he has nearly 900,000 followers on Twitter (@garyvee).

The Retro Cafe (1,500 subscribers): This is a great channel that features clips of 1960s and 1970s variety shows such as Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Hee Haw and The Dean Martin Show, among others. Lots of great retro memories to be found here!

EZ Gluten Free (95 subscribers): This is a gluten-free recipe channel run by a lady named Anne. Because of its niche market, I’m surprised it doesn’t have more subscribers. Gluten-free recipes are big hits on YouTube! If you avoid gluten, check out some of the recipe videos here.

Facebook starts posting old updates

Have you noticed that Facebook has started posting updates made on the same date one or two years ago in the top right-corner of your newsfeed? These remind you of some of the updates you made a year or two ago.

While this may bring back good memories for some, it can also remind you of some horrible past experiences if you weren’t in a good place a year ago, were experiencing a relationship breakup or the death of someone close to you. I’m not sure how I feel about using that valuable real estate area on a page to show you updates you made a couple of years ago. I’m not sure I see the point of these “Today in History” type of reminders.

Again, this seems a bit like Facebook’s ongoing infamous tinkering just for the sake of tinkering.

Fake or real celebrity Twitter account?

To tell whether the celebrity Twitter account you’ve landed on is real or not, simply look for the blue checkmark next to the account name on their main Twitter profile page. If you see a blue checkmark, that means they’ve been officially verified and authenticated as the person they profess to be.

If you land on a celebrity’s supposed official Twitter profile page and you don’t see the blue checkmark next to their name, it’s most likely fake, an imposter or a parody account. Don’t give it any credibility by following it unless you understand and accept that it’s not the real celebrity and you simply want to keep track of what’s being said.

For an example of the blue checkmark, go to www.twitter.com/ladygaga You’ll see the checkmark next to her name. That means it’s really her account.

Rapper in trouble over Twitter prank

Rapper The Game (real name Charles Louboutin) is in trouble over a prank he allegedly pulled on his Twitter account. Last Friday, a tweet posted to his official Twitter account announced that an internship opportunity (presumably with him) was available and gave a telephone number to call if a candidate wanted to apply.

However, there was no internship and the number given was to the Compton (California) Sheriff’s Department, resulting in a flood of calls that police officials say compromised public safety because they were sidetracked by taking calls related to the prank instead of calls related to real emergencies.

The Game has more than 586,000 followers on Twitter, so even if a small percentage of them took the tweet seriously, it would easily overload telephone lines.

The Compton Sheriff Department’s Captain Mark Parker told the Associated Press: “Public safety was absolutely compromised. We were delayed in responding to calls.” Charges against The Game are possible. Meanwhile, he’s defending himself by claiming that his account had been hacked.

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