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Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg isn't a stranger to question and answer sessions, including those conducted in-house at Facebook. And though it's become a bit of a tradition to have those kinds of meetings internally, never before has he engaged in an open Q&A session on his home turf -- until now, that is. Zuckerberg spent over an hour addressing questions received from around the world, as well as by several Facebook users who attended the event at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. The topics were varied, some inevitably more interesting than the others, such as why... Read more...
A person lying about their age is hardly newsworthy -- we've all done it at some point or another, and if you haven't, someday you will -- but when that person is 113 years old and fibs about her date of birth in order to sign up for Facebook, well, that's a different story. For as brilliant as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is, along with his team of talented engineers, not one of them figured that anyone born before 1905 and still living would be interested in signing up for the social network. They were wrong. Anna Stoehr, born on October 15, 1900, near Manning, Iowa, will celebrate her... Read more...
One of the biggest dilemmas facing the decision makers at Twitter is how to turn a highly popular microblogging platform into a money generating machine. Integrating ads is one answer, though it's not the only one. In the near future, you might see a "buy" button inviting you to purchase goods and services from tweets posted to the social network. How will it work? To begin with, Twitter is reportedly partnering with payments company Stripe Inc. to save credit card details so that a person can purchase an item with a just a couple clicks. "We want to be a bridge between a consumer wanting something... Read more...
Have you ever wanted to analyze your Twitter posts? The microblogging service is making it possible to do that through its Tweet activity dashboard, a new tool that lets you see how people engage with your posts in real time, compare your posting activity every month and see how they trend over a period of time, and get a detailed view of the number of retweets, replies, favorites, follows, or clicks a particular Tweet receives. For the casual user, it's a neat tool that you might check out every so often as a novelty, or more often if you want to take better advantage of the social networking... Read more...
Long before Facebook was $190 billion company (in terms of market capitalization), Mark Zuckerberg used to lord over his employees with an unusual style. How unusual? Well, have you ever been fake-threatened with a samurai sword if you didn't hit a deadline? Former Facebook engineer Noah Kagan claims that was one just one of Zuckerberg's unique ways of motivating employees during his early days. Kagan, who was the 30th employee at Facebook and now runs SumoMe, recounts some interesting tidbits about his time at the social network in an e-book titled, "How I Lost $170 Million: MY TIME as #30 AT... Read more...
It's best not to let the actions of a relative few be viewed as a reflection of society as a whole, otherwise we might as well throw in the towel and call it a day. Why? On Friday, Facebook went down in some areas for a period of time. It's annoying when that happens, but it took a new level of idiocy for some Los Angeles residents to call 911 about the outage. Yes, it's come to that. Posting status updates and eagerly checking for likes and comments has become such an addictive past time that some users are willing to tie up emergency 911 phone lines to inquire why the police aren't sending resources... Read more...
Silicon Valley is suddenly awakened to the fact that workplace diversity is a thing, one in which technology firms as a whole are somewhat lacking. Several companies have vowed to do a better job at building a diverse workplace, including Twitter, the latest firm to come forward with statistics in an industry that typically keeps such data out of the public eye. As with several tech firms, Twitter's workforce is dominated by white males. Overall, 7 out of 10 employees are male, and when it comes to technical jobs, the percentage of males jumps to 90 percent, meaning just 1 in 10 technical employees... Read more...
The world's largest social network -- that would be Facebook, folks -- has agreed to acquire LiveRail, an advertising technology company, for an undisclosed sum of money (online reports have the figure pegged at between $400 million and $500 million). While announcing the planned acquisition, Facebook pointed out that LiveRail has helped several companies serve better ads in the videos that appear on their websites and apps. That might be a hint as to why Facebook went after LiveRail and was willing to pay in the neighborhood of half a billion dollars (assuming the reported figures are true). Facebook... Read more...
Your life can be an open book on Facebook if you want it to, but the problem for some less savvy users is that it's an open book even they don't want it to be. After all, it's not just experienced PC users posting to Facebook anymore -- anyone and just about everyone users the social network these days, and to make sure people aren't sharing more about themselves than they're comfortable with, Facebook is making some changes to its privacy settings. From now on, when someone joins Facebook, the default audience for their posts will be set to Friends only. Prior to the change, the default setting... Read more...
Twitter's job over the course of the next six months is to figure out how to inject 15 new ad types into its microblogging service without turning users away. Reportedly that's the plan, as Twitter finds itself under increased pressure to prove to investors that it can leverage a successful ad platform and become a profitable company. The social network also must convince businesses and mobile game developers that Twitter is a viable vehicle for advertising goods. That chance will come soon, as the first batch of ads will be released in just a few weeks, The Wall Street Journal reports. Those initial... Read more...
Facebook isn't afraid to make big acquisitions. Lest anyone need reminding of that, the social networking service dropped a bombshell on Oculus VR fans by announcing yesterday it had acquired the technology for $2 billion. That's just one example of Facebook's willingness to drop big cash on startups. In April 2012, Zuckerberg and company scooped up Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock. Wondering how Instagram has fared since then? Back when Facebook acquired the photo sharing app, it stood at between 30 million to 40 million users. The acquisition gave Instagram's growth a boost, as did... Read more...
That's not the sky you see falling on Wall Street, just Twitter's stock price. Investors hit the panic button after Twitter reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 financial results. Twitter's revenue in the fourth quarter was $243 million, up 116 percent year-over-year, though it's the user growth that spooked investors into selling off their stock. The microblogging service averaged 241 million users in the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of just 3.8 percent sequentially. It's the lowest quarter-on-quarter growth rate since the company began disclosing such data, Reuters reports.... Read more...
There's a general perception out there that Google's social network is a virtual ghost town, versus Facebook's online playground, which is always bustling with activity. Google's tried to dispel that notion on occasion by revealing user stats, and if you look closely at the latest numbers, you might be surprised at just how busy Google+ is these days. Tina Courtney-Brown at SiteProNews did some digging and discovered that Google+ is now home to over 1 billion registered users, which compares favorably to Facebook's 1.19 billion. It's true that Google+'s stats are somewhat artificially inflated... Read more...
Michael Sippey, vice president of product at Twitter, has spent most of his professional career working at startups, none bigger than the microblogging site that lets you post your thoughts 140 characters at a time. Previous to joining Twitter in 2012, Sippey helped grow a blog platform called Six Apart and then Say Media, a media company born out of a merger between Six Apart and VideoEgg. What will he do next? We're about to find out. Sippey announced in a blog post that the time has come to "move on," though it won't happen abruptly. For the time being, Sippy has stepped into a advisory role... Read more...
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