Last Friday marked the one-year anniversary of Facebook’s acquisition of mobile application-development platform Parse, and the social network said the number of apps built on the platform has soared by some 250 percent in the past year, to more than 260,000.
With big-name brands like L’Oreal, Groupon, and Pepsi using Facebook for social recruiting, it’s no wonder that small businesses are gaining the confidence to do the same — but it’s not quite as simple as it looks. You know what these big companies have that you don’t? Legal teams.
U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team and Sunderland Forward Jozy Altidore, Denver Nuggets Power Forward Kenneth Faried, and San Francisco 49ers Running Back Marcus Lattimore may play different sports, but they all suit up with startup FanTree when it comes to selling unique gear that they help design through flash sales.
Florida-based fund manager and former Oregon gubernatorial candidate Craig Berkman pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding investors by promising them access to nonexistent Facebook shares prior to the social network’s initial public offering in May 2012, Reuters reported.
Craig Berkman, a finance manager in Florida and former Oregon gubernatorial candidate, was hit with fraud charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement division over what regulators called a Ponzi-like scheme that promised but never delivered pre-initial public offering shares of Facebook and other companies.
Many Facebook users worry about their personal identities being compromised on the social network through unfortunate photos or tagged posts. But a University of Cambridge study shows that it’s possible to gain information such as political affiliation and ethnicity just from seeing Facebook users’ likes. Social security firm Secure.me also published a top 10 list of the Facebook applications that require this information when users connect to them.
Customer service via social channels such as Facebook and Twitter, once considered an afterthought by most companies, has exploded of late, with Conversocial Co-Founder and CEO Joshua March telling AllFacebook in an interview, “Over the past year, 2012, so many people woke up. Suddenly, every company we spoke with understood that social customer service was important.”
Facebook shares were involved in some large transactions in recent days, with moves by Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, board member Peter Thiel, and Russian Internet company Mail.ru Group making the news.