Despite continuous efforts by Facebook to curb spam, it still represents a lucrative opportunity, as Italian security researchers Andrea Stroppa and Carlo De Micheli told The Guardian spammers who post links to Facebook pages, which direct users to third-party scam sites, are earning about $200 million per year for their troubles.
Page administrators of successful but unofficial fan pages may want to learn from the experiences of Stacey Mattocks, whose page about BET comedy-drama series “The Game” reached 6.2 million likes before the cable network allegedly asked the social network to delete the page.
Facebook’s ongoing revamp of its advertising will have to go on without its leader, as Ads Product Director Gokul Rajaram is leaving the social network to join Square, the electronic payments startup founded by Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey, as product engineering lead.
At the SMX West 2013 conference in San Jose, Calif., Marketing Land Founding Editor Danny Sullivan sat down with Grady Burnett, vice president of global marketing solutions at Facebook, to talk about several topics. Burnett discussed ads within the redesigned News Feed, the controversial algorithm many know as EdgeRank, and Facebook’s relationship with Bing (it is not buying the search engine).
Facebook has been sitting on a gold mine: users’ information. Up until now, the company has used this to target ads within the site. But now, Facebook could soon launch an external ad network, using data from within the social network. For instance, information from your interests and likes could be used to create targeted ads on websites away from Facebook. It’s not yet known exactly what this could look like, but Emergence Capital General Partner Kevin Spain talked with AllFacebook about how it would change online advertising.
Facebook game developer Zynga launched Zynga.com as an option for users to play its games and still connect with Facebook while off the social network’s platform, but one element of Facebook found its way to Zynga.com: Facebook ads and sponsored stories.
The road ahead may be rough for Facebook, post-initial public offering. At least that is the speculation of Michael Mothner, founder and chief executive officer of El Segundo, Calif.-based online marketing firm Wpromote, who wrote about his predictions for Inc. magazine.