FWD.us, the political advocacy group spearheaded by Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, added some tech muscle, as Microsoft Co-Founder and Non-Executive Chairman Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President Brad Smith, and former Facebook President Sean Parker joined the group.
It’s no secret that Facebook in recent years has become a data company. The more data Facebook has about its users — such as gender, education, likes, and location — the better it can serve targeted ads. But Facebook has to strike a cautious balance with regard to targeting. Whereas many users see ads that are wholly irrelevant, many others feel that Facebook can be too invasive when it comes to advertising.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at his Palo Alto home Wednesday night, but not everyone welcomed Zuckerberg’s guest, as some 40 protestors gathered outside the gates.
The city of Newark, N.J., will create an early childhood policy board using a $250,000 matching grant tied to the $100 million Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg donated to the city’s school system.
For the past few months, Facebook has been brewing a search engine that could change the way people find things. Now Facebook has it, with graph search. To be launched soon, graph search is a friend-based search engine that connects users to places all over the social network via friend recommendations and activity. Users can sign up to get on the wait list to be among the first to try it by clicking here.
HootSuite added a suite of six Facebook-related features to its dashboard, citing the fact that of the 3 million daily messages sent via its platform, 40 percent are through the social network.
The dust has settled after the first presidential debate in Denver Wednesday night, and the Facebook-CNN Election Talk Meter has fresh insights on the melee in the Mile High City that are posted on the U.S. Politics on Facebook page.