The 2013 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament is in the books, with two first-time champions having been crowned — Andy Murray of the U.K., marking the host country’s first Wimbledon winner in 77 years, and Marion Bartoli of France — and Facebook Consumer Content Manager Alex Walker and Data Editor Robert D’Onofrio reported in a post on the Facebook Newsroom that there were nearly 20 million global interactions (posts, comments, and likes) leading into the final matches.
Facebook is targeting businesses in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa that have not yet advertised on the social network with ads directing them to the Facebook Start to Success Program, which offers free support for first-time advertisers, as well as a £25 ($39.15) credit toward advertising.
With Facebook periodically finding itself blocked in various countries and regions, Idcloak Technologies aims to provide Facebook users with a way around those measures, releasing a list of Internet-protocol port proxies that it claims will eliminate the compatibility issues often encountered when users attempt to access blocked sites via traditional proxy sites.
Facebook users love to travel. It’s one of the most-talked about topics, and Facebook has also changed the ways people travel. An infographic by Co-operative Travel and Neomam Studios breaks down some of the hottest destinations among Facebook users, and shows what they enjoy doing most in countries such as Spain, Greece, and Egypt.
Facebook announced partnerships with 18 mobile operators in 14 countries aimed at providing users with free or discounted data access for its Messenger for Android, Messenger for iOS, and Facebook for Every Phone mobile applications.
Facebook is increasingly becoming an international phenomenon, as Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that his goal for the company is to connect the world. While that might take a while, Facebook is rapidly growing in countries such as Brazil, South Korea, and Russia, according to new data from sister company Quintly (formerly AllFacebook Stats).
Facebook is continuing to grow, shooting past 1 billion users, but where are these people coming from? A new report from social statistics firm Socialbakers shows that many of them are coming from the Middle East and North Africa region, which accounts for an average of 21 new registrations per minute.
The BBC reported the results of its investigation of the effectiveness of advertising on Facebook, and while it did illustrate some valid concerns, such as fake profiles, the questionable tactics used in its made-up advertising campaign overrode several of its other findings.
Those who erroneously blamed Facebook for causing political upheaval in the Middle East, now hear this: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a chat on his Facebook page in Arabic.