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World Cup might blow up social media

Robin van Persie of Netherlands. Credit: Getty Images Robin van Persie of Netherlands scored the most Googled goal of the World Cup so far. Credit: Getty Images

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world. Need proof? Look no further than (where you probably are looking now anyway, or about to look…) Facebook.

According to a blog released by Facebook itself, the social networking site and its 220 million user surpassed one billion World Cup related posts.

Saturday, while Brazil was defeating Chile in penalty kicks, 31 million people had 75 million interactions related to the game.

Not big on Facebook? No problem, Twitter is blowing up too. According to the 140 character interaction site, 300 million people have used the hashtag #WorldCup. Not to mention they completely overhauled their presentation to include scores for World Cup games, flag emojis and more.

Way back when Brazil opened the event against Croatia, the most tweeted event occurred, whenMarcelo scored on his own goal and generated an eye-popping378,085 tweets per minute.

Twitter also said Lionel Messi edged out Neymar as the most tweeted about athlete playing in Brazil.

Twitter even set up a bracket based on country hashtags. And not surprisingly, #USA beat out #BRA for bragging rights in the social media world by almost two million.

And a social media roundup can’t conclude without getting to Google. According to the world’s busiest search engine, Ronaldo edged out Messi and Neymar as the most searched for soccer star.

The most searched for goal was Van Persie’s flying score, beating out Messi’s first strike and Dempsey’s lightening-fast strike in Team USA’s opener.

Shakira was the most searched for soccer girlfriend/wife and Daniel Sturridge’s dance beat our Neymar’s celebration as the most looked for post-goal theatrical event.

Follow Philadelphia sports editor Evan Macy on twitter @Evan_Macy

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