Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Royal wedding sparks Facebook frenzy

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who has been given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey.
People gather outside Buckingham Palace, London, on the morning of the royal wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

It was hardly surprising the royal wedding dominated Facebook status updates today, since many people can no longer make a cup of tea without telling the world about it.

As the first major event of the social media age was played out, users of the site poured their excitement about it straight on to the web pages.

During the ceremony, there were 268,777 mentions of the wedding on the social network in the UK, equal to 74 every second.

And by the time the newlyweds emerged for the procession to Buckingham Palace, the number of mentions by users around the country had hit 1,199,196, Facebook said.

Less predictable, perhaps, was the fact that during the ceremony, Prince Harry was talked about more than his brother by UK users.

But it was not only the British online community caught up in the frenzy.

Some 10,600 allusions to Kate's dress were recorded among UK users during the ceremony, with 4,583 comments on Sir Elton John singing along.

Royal wedding fever also swept the United States, and the total number of mentions of the term "royal wedding" on the site across both countries reached almost 2.5 million in the 24 hours leading up to the couple leaving Westminster Abbey.

Other royal wedding-related terms that featured prominently in Facebook status updates today included "God Save the Queen", "Union Jack" and "British monarchy".

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