Facebook and Twitter launch World Cup hubs
MANILA, Philippines – In anticipation of the 2014 World Cup series that kicks-off on Friday, June 13, Facebook and Twitter have come up with ways for its users to follow the football mania directly on their websites.
A Twitter search of #WorldCup will give you access to a timeline that consolidates updates related to the football extravaganza.
Too cluttered for you? On the left side of the panel, you have the option to follow only updates of specific matches.
Twitter is also bringing back a feature it calls hashflags - meaning when you hashtag a three-letter country code like #ESP, #BRA, or #FRA that country's flag will appear as an image right beside the hashtag.
Check out this sample hashflag tweet by singer Shakira.
Mapping the World Cup
Facebook also built a feature similar to Twitter's #WorldCup timeline.
The newsfeed referred to by the world's largest social network as Trending World Cup also compiles posts about the World Cup. Posts vary from photos, texts, or links to articles.
Apart from the newsfeed, Facebook also launched a World Cup fan map which shows where the fans of the top, selected World Cup athletes are. Click on a player on the lower left hand side and the map will show you where his fans are located. The darker the shade, the larger the fan base.
The World Cup is an international football tournament held every four years where senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association or FIFA compete for football supremacy. It is one of the world's most watched sporting events. – Rappler.com
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