Western Union reveals the world’s most networked person

November, 2011 Western Union reveals the world’s most networked person

26-year old charity worker from Portugal tops the Western Union Network Challenge to be named the world’s most globally connected individual A 26-year old Portuguese charity worker has today been named as the world’s most networked person. Hugo Pereira from Lisbon, Portugal, has topped the Network Challenge, a global search for the most globally connected individual on Facebook. The Network Challenge was launched by a leading money transfer provider, Western Union, in July this year to mark its 160th Anniversary and celebrate its status as one of the world’s most globally connected companies, with more than 470,000 Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories*. The global search was fuelled by a new interactive, online Application called Your World. It visualises Facebook users’ global connections and awards a score for how globally connected they are. Users can compare their ranking against their Facebook Friends; others in their country and others in the world. With 4,932 friends in 124 different locations across the globe, and a Network Score of 476133, Portuguese national, Hugo Pereira, beat more than 250,000 Your World users worldwide to claim the title of the world’s most globally connected person. By comparison, the average person in India has a Network Score of 1124 with 102 friends in 11 different locations. Mr. Pereira attributes his feat to years of networking in his role as global president of charity AIESEC, the world’s largest youth-led organisation, which has 60,000 active members in more than 1,800 universities in 110 countries and territories. To celebrate Mr Pereira’s status, Western Union will invite him to use his impressive global network as a force for good next month. He will be given the opportunity to invite his Facebook Friends to participate in Western Union’s launch of a major new initiative. Commenting on his win, Mr Pereira said: “I’m astounded to be named the world’s most networked person. The reach of my social network is testament to the work of AIESEC, which is all about creating positive global connections. “We aim to help societies understand each other by providing students with the opportunity to collaborate in global teams and live and work abroad. He continued: “I’m excited to be able to work with Western Union next month to use my global network to support good causes. I’m moving on from AIESEC to work for a healthcare charity in India called ICHHA, so hope to be able to make even more global connections in the meantime.” Western Union President and CEO, Hikmet Ersek, said: “As someone who already uses his global network for good, Mr Pereira is very deserving of his new title. As a globally connected brand it certainly seems fitting that Western Union teams up with the world’s most globally networked person to lend our support to good causes, together.” Western Union will announce the full details of its new initiative when it unveils its global brand campaign on November 1st 2011. To find out how your global network score compares to Mr. Pereira’s visit www.westernunionworld.com/yourworld and type in your Facebook log-in details. ENDS * Network data as of 30 June 2011, inclusive of Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta-branded service locations.

United States revealed as India’s best friend in cyberspace

India’s Facebook connections revealed as Western Union announces last call for the world’s most globally connected person

October 12, 2011 – The United States has been revealed as India’s best friend in cyberspace, according to a unique new league table released by Western Union, one of the world’s most globally connected brands.

The league table has been created using data from Western Union’s Your World Facebook Application, which visualises each user’s Facebook connections around the globe and gives them a score for how globally connected they are.

Your World has enjoyed more than 250,000 hits worldwide since its launch in July this year, as individual users compete in the Western Union® Network Challenge: a hunt for the world’s most globally networked person on Facebook. On the 18th of October Western Union will announce the winner – and reveal an opportunity for them to use their global network as a force for good.

With so much aggregate data being generated by Your World, Western Union has been able to build a bird’s eye view of how different countries connect to one another on Facebook. The data reveals India’s top ten best friends in cyberspace: those countries where Facebook users in India have the most Facebook connections.

The results show how social media is shrinking the world we live in – with some of the India’s closest friends in cyberspace based thousands of miles away in the real world:

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. United Arab Emirates
  4. Australia
  5. Canada
  6. Singapore
  7. Saudi Arabia
  8. Indonesia
  9. Malaysia
  10. Philippines

Western Union launched the Your World Application and associated Western Union Network Challenge in July this year to mark its 160th Anniversary and celebrate its unique status as one of the world’s most globally connected brands. With approximately 470,000 locations in 200 countries and territories[1] turning over 19 transactions per second, Western Union has a greater physical presence than any other company globally – and ten times more locations than famous global restaurant chain, McDonald’s.

Western Union President and CEO, Hikmet Ersek, said:

“We’re delighted that so many consumers have been enjoying Your World. It not only gives them a fun way to see their global network, but as a business provides us with a fascinating bird’s eye view of how countries around the world connect to one another. Western Union has been privileged to connect people across the globe for more than 160 years, so this kind of insight is invaluable.”

He added: “On the 18th of October we will be announcing the winner of the Western Union Network Challenge – the Your World user who has the most global connections. We will be inviting him or her to partner with us to use their network as a force for good. So I would urge anyone who has not yet tried out the Application to give it a go.”


How social are you on social networks?

Social networks is one of the best ways to keep in touch with friends and build connections from all across the world.  Socializing also helps you find things you need or want from others. You can find out how socialize or well connected you are with the rest of the world through simple app from Western Union World and also win an iPod Shuffle.

Take part in the simple contest and win an iPod Shuffle.

Step 1: What time is shown in the clock in the homepage of www.westernunionworld.com (Post the answer on the comment box below)

Step 2: Tweet the following message:

RT@Socialmedias10 @WesternUnion take part in the Western Union Network Challenge & win an Apple iPod Shuffle westernunionworld.com/yourworld

Step 3: Post the screen shot of your World index (as shown below) on your Facebook profile or any other photo sharing sites and share the link of image with us through comment box on the blog

My World Index

Last date of to send in your entry is on Sep 30, 2011. The winner will be announced on the blog on October 5, 2011.

Eg:

1. 3 “o” clock

2. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2283346159459&set=a.1272961500474.2043515.1122992531&type=1&theater

and obviously we will come to know when you tweet this “RT@Socialmedias10 @WesternUnion take part in the Western Union Network Challenge & win an Apple iPod Shuffle westernunionworld.com/yourworld