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

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, Apps, Mobility, Social Enterprise, Web development

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  • Is that you or the knowlittles at FB categorizing

    Washington D.C. as a state now? What would be interesting is to mine that, chuck the comments from those that don't put net positive cash into running it, and see how much of the sentiment is tilted towards leaving it shut down. The best way to clean the cruft out is to only bring back up the parts that can get a 2/3rds majority vote on a line item basis. Now that would be truly phenomenal. Unfortunately with Obama, in an epic display of failure, still unable to get a single vote, even from his own party, on a single budget in his entire presidency, there are no items to vote for.
    Johnny Vegas