Facebook announced a change aimed at giving users more detailed information about games, directing users who click on game stories in News Feed or in the right-hand sidebar, or game recommendations, directly to the games’ app details pages, rather than to the games themselves.
Facebook and its Parse cloud-application platform are set to invade Austin, Texas, for South By Southwest, complete with the Parse + Facebook ice cream truck, and the social network published a schedule of Facebook and Parse SXSW events and talks in a post on its developer blog.
Mark Zuckerberg Spotlights Several Internet.org Initiatives During Keynote At 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed several developments from the Internet.org global connectivity initiative at the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, including the formation of SocialEDU, a program aimed at bringing “a collaborative online education experience” to students in Rwanda.
In the wake of Facebook’s dismissal of attribution analytics provider HasOffers and mobile analytics provider Kontagent from its mobile measurement partner program, the social network is sending emails to HasOffers users, recommending Ad-X and AppsFlyer as potential replacements.
When Facebook began rolling out its Timeline redesign last March, the social network added features for developers to showcase their applications. Now it appears that one of those features, collections (not to be confused with the collections feature for retailers Facebook tested in late 2012), has been quietly shelved. Existing collections will not be affected, but new ones cannot be created.
Ad revenue accounted for $2.34 billion of Facebook’s fourth-quarter-2013 revenue total of $2.59 billion, so it’s no surprise that the social network’s advertising results and initiatives were the topic of the lion’s share of discussion during its earnings call Wednesday.
Facebook announced the release of App Insights 2.0 beta, which all developers can opt into starting Thursday, and the social network said the most prominent improvements in this “major update” are an improved dashboard for managing applications, more actionable data on app performance, and improved reliability and warnings in the event of outages.
Will Facebook users start seeing ads from Facebook while they’re using other applications? The social network announced in a post on its Facebook for Business page that it is running a “small test” of Facebook ads in mobile apps, with “a small number of advertisers and publishers,” billing it as an effort to enable developers to monetize their apps and to expand reach for advertisers.