On April 15, HasOffers and Kontagent had to deal with more than just paying taxes: They were forced to drop support for Facebook mobile ad tracking due to violations of policy for retaining too much user data. This was a surprise to many in the industry when it was first announced, because Facebook depends on its mobile measurement partners to help measure the effectiveness of its mobile ads. Advertisers rely on these mobile tracking solutions because they offer cross-platform products that support Google, Apple iAds, and Millennial Media, as well as Facebook.
The top 20 brands on Facebook boasted an average of 14,499,364 likes at the end of March and averaged 52 posts for the month, according to the most recent statistics from social media analytics platform Socialbakers.
Facebook Security Engineer Michael McGrew and a colleague attempted to hack the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, but their intentions were pure: After discovering the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition while he was a junior in college, McGrew started a club and brought a team to the WRCCDC, so his stint as a “penetration tester” was almost like returning to his roots.
Brands on Facebook: Would you like the ability to accurately predict the lifetime reach and engagement of organic and paid page posts? Social marketing solutions provider SocialCode added a new feature to its MessageOptics 2.0 social analytics tool: Post Predictions.
Facebook appears to be testing a new module located directly under its Trending module, “Popular Pages in Your Area,” and clicking on the “See All” link directs users to their “Local Places in [users’ cities]” pages.
Facebook appears to have redesigned the layout for searches for places in Graph Search, and the new look includes a “Text Me Directions” feature, where users can request that directions to places listed in Graph Search results be sent to their mobile phones via text message.
Facebook appears to be testing what amounts to a free mobile ad unit for publishers, with posts in users’ mobile News Feeds that closely resemble mobile application install ads, aimed at enticing users to like publishers’ pages, under the heading, “Get Interesting News.”