The bad news continues to roll in for Facebook Home and the HTC First, as TechCrunch reported that U.K. mobile carrier EE and French counterpart Orange both confirmed that they will not roll out the only mobile device to come preloaded with the Android overlay.
Facebook has been making a push to get users to like more pages. It appears to be working. As Socialbakers notes, the average Facebook user in 2009 liked 4.5 pages. Now that figure has risen to 40. In the U.S., Facebook users like an average of 70 pages.
Mobile payment platform Bango is about to process a £6.5 million ($10.2 million) transaction of its own after announcing the closure of an investment round Friday featuring new and existing investors.
As Facebook mentioned in its 10-K filing, the site still has a serious problem with fake profiles, used to bolster shady pages’ fan metrics. It appears that the social network did some cleaning up in January, as several countries (notably the U.S. and Indonesia) lost a great number of users last month, according to Quintly. All around the world, more than 4 million users’ profiles were deleted in January.
Since 2010, PayPal has been one of the main methods of payment for Facebook developers. But as Facebook grows, the company is changing its PayPal policies for new developers in emerging markets, such as China, Brazil, and India. According to TechCrunch, developers in several countries must show extra identification as a means of authentication, such as photo IDs or incorporation papers, in order to be paid via direct deposit.
In January 2010, Facebook had just 337 million users — a figure that has ballooned to roughly 1 billion this year. While Facebook is still most popular in the U.S., the social network has grown in leaps in bounds in countries such as Brazil and India over the past three years. An infographic from Socialbakers illustrates how the demographics of Facebook have changed since 2010.
Repeat after us: Facebook marketing is about more than just likes. Motivity Marketing CEO Kevin Ryan, AgoraPulse Founder and CEO Emeric Ernoult, and AdParlor CEO Hussein Fazal offered specific examples of campaigns that worked for their specific firms in a panel at the AllFacebook Marketing Conference in New York Tuesday, “Facebook Ads: Can They Promote More Than Just Likes?,” moderated by Fang Digital Marketing CEO Jeff Ferguson.
Despite the fact that it’s difficult to go online these days without tripping over post after post after post after post about how Facebook and the employment part of people’s lives do not mix well, it’s also difficult to go online and not find studies showing that these warnings are being ignored, and the latest comes by way of AVG Technologies.