Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during his keynote address at the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 24: “Look, when you’ve just bought a company for $16 billion (WhatsApp, not counting the restricted stock units that hiked the total to $19 billion), chances are you are probably done with your acquisitions for a while.” A while was barely more than one month, and Zuckerberg explained the motivation behind Facebook’s $2 billion deal to acquire immersive virtual reality technology company Oculus VR in a call with analysts Tuesday.
Mornings just got a little more social on ABC, as “Good Morning America” introduced its #socialsquare, a digital expansion of its Times Square studio, describing it as “the new social nerve center” for the broadcast.
Social-sponsorship outfit Izea announced the debut of its Sponsorship Marketplace Monday, saying that the real-time marketplace will allow brands and creators of sponsored content to team up on social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
Facebook Global Director of Small Business Dan Levy announced last November that the social network had more than 25 million active small business pages, and the latest initiative aimed at strengthening the company’s bond with that explosive market segment took flight last week, when the newly formed Small and Medium Business Council met at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
The fourth season of HBO drama “Game of Thrones” premieres on the premium cable network April 6, but fans can turn to Facebook for a taste of Westeros March 18 at 6 p.m. ET, when the premiere episode will be screened at Lincoln Center in New York, as the event’s red carpet will be streamed on Facebook Live.
Android update week continues, as Facebook followed updates of the Android applications for its WhatsApp cross-platform messaging service and its Instagram photo- and video-sharing network with a new version of its flagship app. The new features mostly involve photos.
Facebook’s “Hot Mom” is a hot topic again, as a photo posted by mother of three and fitness competitor Maria Kang is drawing a significant amount of negative feedback, despite being intended as a positive message.
Last November, Facebook revealed that more people share travel and vacations on the social network than anything else. Our money would have been on pictures of kids or food, and that’s pretty interesting in itself — it suggests that travel talk and pictures of famous landmarks don’t actually bother us that much. If they did, they’d be up there with baby photos and restaurant dinners and everything else we hate about our Facebook feed (like BitStrips and fake video links).
Android updates are in fashion Tuesday at Facebook-owned companies, as Instagram joined WhatsApp in updating its Android application, saying that the app now loads twice as quickly and takes up half the space.