Edited by Toni Basanta in Richmond, Vermont, USA
Within the first 12 hours of news that David Bowie had died on Sunday December 10th, 2016, 35 million people had 100 million interactions about the Rock icon’s passing on Facebook.
Among those were posts from Paul McCartney, Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, and Ricky Gervais, making for some of the social network’s top pieces from public figures. As well, according to data from Facebook, those countries most engaged in the news were Bowie’s home nation of the United Kingdom, followed by Australia, Iceland, Ireland and New Zealand.
Bowie’s death was announced first thing Monday morning local time in London, while much of the Western Hemisphere was still asleep – presumably accounting for low engagement in the United States and the rest of the region.
Read on for a rundown of Facebook engagement around Bowie’s death.
Facebook’s Top 11 Countries Most Engaged in the News:
1. United Kingdom
5. New Zealand
In the last 6 weeks, the world has lost some Superstars of the world they inhabit : trombonist Rick Davies, trumpeter Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros, singer Natalie Cole, and the most recent Rock Star David Bowie.
Doctor Rick Davies and trumpet master “Chocolate” Armenteros may be less well known, but also had something to say with their clarity, their music, their performances and abundant recordings, something that left us breathless and wanting for more.
The artistic vision that shined through their works, made the world a better place for us lucky enough to share it.
Rick Davies, “Chocolate” Armenteros, Natalie Cole and David Bowie your stars will never stop shining.