The update to Facebook’s search functionality announced last week, which will allow users to search posts that have been shared with them, claimed a victim in Bing, the search engine from Microsoft, as the social network confirmed that it will no longer include results from Bing in its search results.
When Facebook users like brands’ pages, that sentiment may not be permanent, as research from GlobalWebIndex indicated that 30 percent of Facebook users between the ages of 16 and 64 have unliked or unfollowed brands, with that figure rising to 38 percent among users aged 16 through 24.
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg held his second public question-and-answer session Thursday at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., and topics that came up included whether or not Facebook will add a dislike button; the social network’s role in discussions about issues such as the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y.; whether Graph Search will launch in other languages; and the controversial News Feed study by social scientists from Facebook, Cornell University and the University of California-San Francisco.
Quiz site PlayBuzz continued its surge in Facebook shares, vaulting to the top of NewsWhip’s ranking of publishers for November, and marking the first time since NewsWhip began compiling its rankings in August 2013 that neither The Huffington Post nor BuzzFeed occupied first place.
The top 20 brands on Facebook boasted an average of 14,975,915 likes at the end of November and averaged 46 posts for the month, up from 41 in October, according to the most recent statistics from social media analytics platform Socialbakers.
Facebook announced a host of new features aimed at encouraging publishers to share more content on the social network, introducing the ability to target posts by users’ interests, a way to eliminate posts that are out of date, a new Smart Publishing tool and improvements to domain insights.
The top Facebook page in Australia in terms of engagement in 2014 was Hit107, while Tourism Australia topped the land Down Under in terms of likes, according to the latest Australian Facebook Performance Report by Online Circle Digital for Social Pulse.
Facebook made its mobile like button available to all iOS and Android application developers in early October, and software engineer Karthik Subramanyam highlighted its use by musiXmatch and Runtastic in a post on the social network’s developer blog, which also offered some tips from early adopters of the mobile like button.