Facebook turned to The Wall Street Journal to fill a position based on further intertwining the social network with news, as Editor of Emerging Media Liz Heron announced — appropriately, in a Facebook post — that she is leaving the Journal to join Facebook.
Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured the photo on the homepage by Phil D’Auria Photography, in which “Jersey Shore” cast member Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino recognized the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy with a photo of the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J. ; as well as the photo above of musician Sheryl Crow signing Gibson guitars in her driveway.
Happy third birthday to Instagram, which launched Oct. 6, 2010. While the photo-sharing network’s milestones include its September 2012 acquisition by Facebook for $715 million and reaching 150 million monthly active users last month, Instagram shared its 10 favorite moments over the past three years.
Tennis players and the sport’s royalty took to Facebook this past weekend to post photos of their experiences at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, which starts Monday and runs through Sept. 9.
With 2012 drawing to a close, Wednesday was year in review time at Facebook, as the social network released its 2012 Year in Review, as well as instructions for its users to create their own year in review posts.
With Christmas exactly two weeks away, Facebook announced Tuesday that its Gifts feature has been rolled out to all of its users in the U.S.
Power to the people. At least the people on Facebook. That’s the sentiment shared by Jim Cook, online editor at the South Jersey Times, who launched a last-minute bid to join the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Board of Education election in Pilesgrove Township, N.J., with no money, only 24 hours, and relying solely on Facebook posts shared with his friends.
People all over the U.S. were posting about either President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Facebook during Election Day. But buzz about ballots wasn’t limited to the 50 states. Facebook released statistics Wednesday showing that the U.S. presidential election was popular in Canada, the U.K., and Australia.