Facebook: 17M users generated 45M posts about gov't shutdown already

Summary:The social network also found that male users have been more vocal about the shutdown than women.

The shutdown of the federal government has annoyed, disturbed and infuriated many Americans -- not to mention plenty of people overseas also affected as a result of many agencies and departments forced to close.

Much like with any major event, be it related to politics, entertainment or a natural disaster, people are taking to social media to vent their frustration and opinions.

The content of these posts are likely up for debate among friends and strangers given the hot topics involved here, but taken together there are some big data points that shouldn't be ignored.

According to Facebook, more than 17 million of its users have already generated approximately 45 million interactions related to the government shutdown this week.

For reference, Facebook boasts more than a billion users worldwide.

The world's largest social network also shared some more insights with us, including the finding that male users have been more vocal about their thoughts on the shutdown, engaging about the topic approximately 37 percent more than women.

Here are a few more data points as of Thursday morning:

Top rated terms:

  1. Obama
  2. Shutdown / shut down
  3. Congress
  4. GOP
  5. Obamacare

Top age groups buzzing:

  1. 55-64
  2. 45-54
  3. 35-44

Top states buzzing:

  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. Virginia
  3. Maryland
  4. West Virginia
  5. Alaska
  6. Arkansas
  7. Alabama
  8. New Mexico
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Wyoming

Topics: Government : US, Mobility, Social Enterprise, Developer


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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