With Facebook celebrating birthday No. 10 Tuesday, the social network took the occasion to remind its users that it’s not all about cat pictures, check-ins, and complaining about the weather. Ten Stories — some happy, some not so much — illustrate how Facebook has brought people together during its 10-year existence, and each of the 10 stories, contributed by users of the social network, is compelling in its own way.
Facebook announced last Thursday that it would begin phasing out sponsored stories. No new ads can be created from this point on, while previously purchased inventory will run through April 9. The controversial ad unit typically featured friends’ interactions with pages or applications, and they would inform you if those friends liked sponsored pages. While the ad unit was popular with advertisers, this often wasn’t the case for consumers, and its demise was foretold by Facebook as early as last June. Rolled into this change, however, is a significant revamp and net increased visibility for “social context.”
Global networking company Netgear announced at 2014 International CES in Las Vegas that it is teaming up with Facebook to provide Wi-Fi to small businesses, and the Facebook Wi-Fi service will be available free-of-charge to users of the social network who check in at those businesses’ Facebook pages.
It’s year in review time at Facebook, and Pope Francis donned the crown as the most-talked-about person or event globally, while Super Bowl XLVII took home the U.S. trophy, according to data released by the social network Monday.
Earlier this month, Facebook announced the launch of a new ad product aimed at helping brands target Hispanic users, as well as the hire of former Univision Vice President of Network and Interactive Sales Christian Martinez as head of U.S. Hispanic sales. Martinez offered more details on the social network’s Hispanic marketing goals in an interview with Portada.
Facebook privacy and security remains a hot-button issue, and The Best Computer Science Schools put together an infographic consolidating statistics, do’s and don’ts, things to avoid, and other suggestions.
Facebook launched a new ad product aimed at helping brands target its approximately 23 million Hispanic U.S. monthly active users, dedicated U.S. Hispanic brand offers, and the social network also announced that it opened an office in Miami to serve agencies and advertisers that focus on Hispanic consumers.