Engadget: World Cup tweets were viewed 115 billion times. “Twitter had high hopes that the World Cup would be a big hit on its platform. The previous games in 2014 happened before the platform released video features, but this time around, it secured a deal with the event’s US rights holder Fox Sports, as well as others across the world, for exclusive content like highlight clips and interviews. As the dust settles following the French team’s triumph over underdog Croatia’s squad in Sunday’s final game, Twitter has released its own numbers to give us an idea how the World Cup went for the platform.”
CNET: World Cup sees Google Translate use within Russia jump 30%. “Fans are making an effort to communicate with Russian locals in their own language during the World Cup, according to Google. Visitors have been using Google Translate to get some of the most useful phrases, and the company has seen a 30 percent increase in Translate use on mobile from within the country, the company said in a statement.”
Friday Fun from Joe: You can use this new website to help you find your World Cup twin. “A website built by Norwegian newspaper VG lets you find this the easy way. Just upload a photo of yourself – or your mates, or your dog, or a celebrity, or whoever – and it scans through all the players at the tournament, and pulls out your doppelgänger.” I was not struck by any great resemblance when I tried this, but it was amusing.
PR Newswire: Talkwalker launches live soccer World Cup social media dashboard (PRESS RELEASE). ” With the soccer World Cup kicking off today in Russia, social listening and analytics company Talkwalker has launched a live dashboard and blog that allows journalists to track the highlights of the social media conversation around the tournament.”
BetaNews: Keep track of the World Cup with Google. “A range of Google services — Search, News, Assistant, Trends and more — have been updated with World Cup-specific bits and pieces to help enhance your enjoyment of the tournament. From match streams and detailed reports to behind-the-scenes footage and tips about where you can watch games, there’s something for every fan here.”
TechCrunch: Twitter snags the Major League Soccer live streaming deal from Facebook. “Facebook is streaming Major League Baseball, and now Twitter will stream Major League Soccer. The company announced on Friday a new three-year streaming deal that will bring at least 25 soccer matches that broadcast on Univision networks in Spanish to Twitter’s network, where they’ll be available in English.”
Bloomberg: Facebook to Stream Live Champions League Soccer in Deal With Fox. “Facebook Inc. will stream more than a dozen matches from European soccer’s top tournament, the highest-profile event to join the small but growing lineup of live sports programming.”