World Cup social network battle gets underway

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With the World Cup just two days away Facebook and Twitter have revealed new features that will deliver more World Cup content than ever before.

Today Facebook and Twitter went head-to-head in a contest to end all contests; the social network World Cup, who will come out on top? That is up to you.

Mark Zuckerberg and his team want you to spend your World Cup on Facebook, and today they announced they will be launching a dedicated hub for all us footy fanatics to keep up to date with all the latest World Cup news and updates.

The 'Trending World Cup hub' will go live on Thursday when the Brazil World Cup officially kicks off. Latest scores and match highlights will be available, as well as a feed that shows posts from players, teams and your Facebook friends.

Facebookers can also browse an interactive map that will show them World Cup players from all around the world. We aren't sure how useful this feature will be, but it could be interesting to see which players have the most fans.

Sharing what match you are watching will be easier than ever too. Now when composing a status just press the smiley icon and it will automatically share whatever game is being played at that time.

Close rival Twitter has also introduced features that will boost the World Cup content its users push out. A feature that isn't new but has been brought back form the 2010 World Cup is the extremely popular Hashflags. Whenever you hashtag using the three-letter code of the country you support a small flag of that country will appear next to the hashtag. 

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Users who sign up to Twitter during the World Cup will now be asked if they want to go through a World Cup related setup. They can customise their profile picture or header with the country of their choice, and they will have the option to follow a recommended number of people depending of which country they have chosen to support.

Special timelines have been set up under the hashtags #WorldCup and #WorldCup2014, and these will enable users to keep up to date will all the latest news from the competition.

Unfortunately for Facebook, Twitter's new features are live now, Twitter 1-0 Facebook...

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