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As I sit here writing this, I'm thinking, "Should I depressed that it's a newsworthy topic when Facebook changes its 'Like' button, or just accept that it's a sign of the times we live in?" I'm not sure of the answer, but as silly as it sounds, in this case, a revamped icon is kind of a big deal, and for a number of reasons. The first, of course, is that Facebook is home to more than 1.15 billion active monthly users, making it the most popular social network in the universe. All those members add up to one very large asset for Facebook, which rakes in tons of cash by advertising to all those eyeballs, plus the cut it gets from in-app purchases of casual games that flood the network. Without... Read more...
By the end of the week, there's a good chance Twitter will be a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Twitter's bigwigs are targeting Thursday, and barring any surprises, it will go down as the biggest tech IPO since Facebook, making several people very wealthy over night. However, it's what happens to Twitter after going public that's of interest here. Twitter recently overtook Facebook as the most popular social network among teens in terms of which one has a bigger influence on buying habits and trends. That's not to say Facebook is losing users -- it's not -- but teens are definitely adding alternative services to their growing social portfolios, starting with Twitter,... Read more...
The most surefire way to make teenagers disinterested in something is for their parents to adopt it, and it appears that Facebook is having just such a problem. Facebook has finally admitted that there has been a dip in teen usage--although the company hasn’t provided any numbers. This is a sharp turnaround from Facebook’s position on the matter in Q2, when CFO David Ebersman used the term “urban legend” to describe the assertions that teens aren’t as into Facebook as they used to be. Of course, for as fickle as kids can be and how quickly their interests shift, it’s entirely possible that a fiscal quarter ago there wasn’t a teen problem. Instead, it... Read more...
It's not unprecedented for mobile apps to receive billion dollar valuations. One need only look at the sum Facebook paid for Instagram, a mobile photo sharing apps that allows users to add filters to their photography. It's a simple app, but because of its widespread appeal, the developers earned a ginormous payday. Another super popular app is Snapchat. For the uninitiated, Snapchat is a photo and video messaging application. Users can snap photos, record short videos, and add text and scribblings before sending it off to one or more recipients with a timer attached. Those who receive the photo or video are allowed to view it anywhere from 1 to 10 seconds before it disappears. It's another simple... Read more...
Teenagers change friends almost as often as some of us change our underwear. Any parent who has ever raised one or is currently trying to understand their teen knows this as well as anyone and have seen first hand how a best friend one moment can become a bitter enemy the next. These fickle beings also change their clothing style multiple times during their four-year high school career, but it doesn't stop there. Social networks are part of the roller coaster ride of popularity, too. Piper Jaffray just completed its 26th semi-annual "Taking Stock with Teens" market research project and one of the things the firm found was that the "popularity of Facebook is waning" among this text-happy group,... Read more...
If you're looking for the world's best boss, he may be at Facebook. But, of course, that all depends on your definition of "best." In Facebook's early days, when competition was fierce and Facebook was still proving itself, Mark Zuckerberg would occasionally order a "lockdown." As you may imagine, such a thing was called for when a huge issue popped up, and he simply couldn't stomach leaving the house until it was addressed. At a recent event in California, Mark actually confessed that "lockdown" still exists today, even after the company went public. He confessed that things are a bit different now. Before, Facebook's entire staff could fit into a single houeshold. Now, many offices are required,... Read more...
If you’re an avid Facebook stalker, here’s some good news: Facebook is removing the feature that formerly let users prevent others from finding them by searching for their name in the Facebook search bar. If you’ve been successfully avoiding old classmates, a crazy ex, your boss, or just the general public on Facebook, you better start tidying up your profile, because that privacy is vanishing soon. Facebook said in a blog post that it’s removing the feature, and users will be notified about it soon. The company’s logic for why it’s phasing it out is kind of hilarious: The setting also made Facebook's search feature feel broken at times. For example, people... Read more...
The Internet is a vast, vast place. It's home to billions of domains, billions of users, billions of connections... well, you get the idea. It's a big place. But, as you might expect, even the Internet has giants of its own, and while it's a level playing field in some respects, there are a few web sites that generate more traffic, more attention, and more users than others. A new report has collected global usage data in order to assemble a new global map, which showcases which nations rely on which sites the most. Want to take a stab at which two sites dominate the most nations? Google and Facebook. Neither should come as a shock, but it's still impressive to see just how many countries visit... Read more...
When fun, interesting, or mindblowing (or unfortunately, often mind-numbing) things happen on TV, the chatter about it ramps up on Facebook and Twitter. Names, TV shows, and topics trend, and those analytics help media companies gauge engagement. The old Nielsen ratings system is what it is, but instantaneous, global social networking data--now that’s something else entirely. In the head-to-head competition between Facebook and Twitter, Facebook is looking to get a step on its rival with the big four TV networks by giving them data reports about how many actions a given TV episode has generated on the social network. Thus, all of those likes, comments, and shares will be part of a mountain... Read more...
Another week, another tech-related IPO. While Facebook's stock has been on a long, mostly downward ride since its IPO, it recently surged past its initial offering price. Soon after, its archrival in the social networking space has decided to pull the trigger as well. Recently valued at over $10 billion, Twitter has announced today that it has filed paperwork for an IPO, and if all goes well, it'll be traded on the public market in the near future. Goldman Sachs is backing the IPO, and it's pretty clear that this company is going to be a hot one once it goes up for sale. Twitter team shortly after the IPO announcement. Twitter began as a niche service that only nerds would think of using, and... Read more...
A study from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University examining the factors that cause people to be more susceptible to phishing attacks found strong correlations between gender, certain personality traits, and openness orientation to social networking and being more vulnerable to such an attack. The three authors of the study, which include individuals from computer science; electrical and computer engineering; and technology, culture, and society areas, used the Big Five personality framework as a reference point in determining the traits that might contribute to a greater vulnerability to a phishing attack. The five dimensions are Neuroticism, Extroversion, Openness, Agreeableness,... Read more...
Years ago, privacy never stuck me as being a truly hot topic online, and if there's a reason for that, it's likely because many of us didn't realize the extent that some companies go to, to make it almost nonexistent. As has been proven time and time again, your privacy online is almost nil if you make use of any social networking site, but that doesn't mean that these companies automatically earn the right to assume that you simply don't care. Facebook is a great example of a company, that like Google (as we talked about earlier), loves nothing more than putting the data it has on you to good use. In a recent proposed privacy policy update, the company even went as far to say that it has the... Read more...
Data privacy is fast becoming a running joke, and users are the punchline. Following the hoopla surrounding NSA's PRISM program, there's evidence to suggest that even link crawling robots can (and do) violate user privacy by sniffing out URLs included in private messages and emails. Not all sites are guilty of this behavior, but of the few that are, they're pretty popular portals. High-Tech Bridge, an information security solutions provider, conducted a simple experiment to verify how the 50 largest social networks, web services, and free email systems respect (or abuse) the privacy of their users. The company deployed a dedicated web server and created secret URLs on it for each tested service.... Read more...
Earlier this month, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) began testing the ability to call from one iPhone to another using the company's Messenger for iPhone app in Canada. Now, Facebook is rolling this feature out to the United States. Using the Messenger for iPhone app, you should now be able to make a call to another Messenger for iPhone user. According to Facebook, you shouldn't need to update through the App Store to get this functionality which works over Wi-Fi as well as 3G and 4G cellular networks. Of course, you'll want to be careful of using the feature over cellular networks unless you have an unlimited data plan. To call a friend using Messenger for iPhone simply open a conversation with that person,... Read more...
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