Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., had a wonderful week on the Internet as a piece of content he shared wishing Facebook a "Happy Birthday" received more than 55,000 likes and 2,800 shares. Walden wished the social network a Happy 1-0 and localized it, explaining how Facebook had helped his own constituents.
“A great story of American creativity and innovation,” Walden posted. “From a Harvard dorm room to creating jobs right here in Prineville, Oregon, and the Prineville Data Center.”
Alongside his well wishes, he posted a picture of signage from the Prineville Data Center.
The post, according to data from the D.C.-based political analytics startup TrendPo, received the highest amount of likes versus Facebook page likes overall of any content posted by House Republicans in the last week. The more than 55,000 likes is a big get for the congressman, whose Facebook page has only 9,055 likes to begin with.
“This could be part paid advertising, but likely it’s someone influential shared Mr. Walden’s post,” TrendPo’s JD Chang explained.
But, like most online content, by the time the post made its way around the Internet it went from birthday wish to Facebook complaint – with commenters fretting over how to find their Facebook “Look Back” video.
"Come on Facebook staff! Tell us how to share our videos!" one commenter said.