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Durgesh Kaushik, who led Facebook’s small business marketing efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, has decided to leave the company and pursue an opportunity in his home country of India. According to a source, Kaushik will become the Deputy General Manager for Product Marketing for Reliance Jio Infocomm.
Kaushik joined Facebook in February 2012, where he designed and tested acquisition and customer lifecycle programs in foreign markets. He worked primarily from the Dublin Facebook office. He also managed email acquisition programs in Europe, the Middle East and Asia for Facebook.
Within the message prompt, users can tap the paperclip icon to add photos. The Messenger app will then prompt the user to select a photo from their phone or one they’ve uploaded to Instagram. This is not yet available for the Android version of Messenger. Previously, you could only select photos on your phone to send in messages.
Now, regardless if a user has the redesigned News Feed, people who are using the U.S. English version of Facebook should have access to Graph Search, which allows users to search for things connected to their friends and elsewhere around the social network.
Facebook’s News Feed algorithm is a living, breathing organism. It’s constantly changing, and Facebook noted in a media session Tuesday that the company wants to get better about informing users about changes. Facebook announced a couple small changes to the way that the site decides order in News Feed: Story Bumping, which allows engaging posts you haven’t seen to be bumped up to the top of News Feed later in the day, and Last Actor, which takes into account the last 50 engagements a user has performed, and gives those users a slight bump up in News Feed ranking.
Facebook CEO and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg has been an avid immigration advocate, helping launch the political organization FWD.us. On Monday, Zuckerberg spoke at the screening for the immigration-focused documentary, “Documented,” directed by Jose Antonio Vargas. “Documented,” is Vargas’ autobiographical documentary, showing the flaws of America’s current immigration system.
Facebook filled out its C-level executive branch recently, as the company named Gary Briggs as Chief Marketing Officer, according to AdAge. Briggs was most recently with Motorola Mobility before Google acquired the company in May of last year. Briggs will replace Eric Antonow, the current Vice President of Product Marketing, who has headed up Facebook’s marketing focus since 2010.
Through Facebook’s social plugins, businesses are finding new and innovative ways to attract readers and customers. At the recent AllFacebook Marketing Conference in San Francisco, Jason Jedlinski, vice president of digital products and platforms at Tribune Broadcasting, and Jay Budzik, chief technology officer at Perfect Market, showed attendees how a Los Angeles TV station found viewers through creatively using Facebook’s data.
Earlier this month, antivirus company McAfee claimed that reports of virus Koobface, which hijacks Facebook accounts and in many cases deletes them, were on the rise. McAfee did an about-face recently, saying that the high counts of Koobface were erroneous.
Big movies love to market through Facebook, and Facebook page statistics give an accurate view of what’s going on at the box office. CitizenNet recently released a comprehensive study, finding that Facebook behavior is correlated to box-office returns, but at a cost: More than 75 percent of all impressions of non-franchise film content on Facebook are sponsored.