The goal of Internet.org – the initiative launched in August 2013 by Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung — is to connect the 4.4 billion people who currently lack access to the Internet, but a mission on such a large scale is not without barriers, and a study released Wednesday by McKinsey & Co., “Offline and Falling Behind: Barriers to Internet Adoption” (embedded below), examines those barriers.
Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg visited India in July, and now it’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s turn, as The Times of India reported that Zuckerberg will speak at the Internet.org summit in New Delhi Oct. 9 and 10.
The Facebook Data Science Team curled up with some good books, analyzing more than 130,000 status updates containing the phrases “10 books” or “ten books,” during the last two weeks of August, playing off a meme that has been active for about one year: “List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. They do not have to be the ‘right’ books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way.” So, which book finished at No. 1?
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been red-hot on Facebook, and the social network offered an update on just how hot, saying that 28 million users posted, commented on or liked related posts from June 1 through Aug. 17.
Facebook has been named as an associate member of the Cellular Operators Association of India, which represents mobile service providers and telecommunications equipment manufacturers in that country.
With India soaring in importance as a market for Facebook, the social network inked its first pact with an ad agency there, GroupM, during Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s recent visit, The Economic Times reported.
Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced during Facebook’s second-quarter earnings call Wednesday that the social network now has more than 1.5 million active advertisers, as well as more than 30 million active small and midsized businesses, with 19 million of those active on mobile.
With 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil in the history books, the Facebook Data Science Team reported that 350 million Facebook users generated 3 billion interactions (posts, likes, and comments) during the tournament, which ran from June 12 through Sunday (July 13), making it the most-talked-about sporting event in the social network’s history.
Facebook executives continued to respond to the controversy over the recent study by social scientists from the social network, Cornell University, and the University of California-San Francisco, in which the researchers randomly selected 689,003 Facebook users and tinkered with the number of positive or negative stories that appeared in their News Feeds to gauge the results of those users’ moods. But the latest to chime in, Head of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert, was not as apologetic as Data Scientist Adam Kramer, one of the study’s co-authors, or Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.