For the fourth consecutive earnings call, questions were raised as to whether Facebook usage is slipping among teens, and the question appears to be getting old to Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman, who barely dignified it with a response during the question-and-answer portion of the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call Wednesday.
Ad revenue accounted for $2.34 billion of Facebook’s fourth-quarter-2013 revenue total of $2.59 billion, so it’s no surprise that the social network’s advertising results and initiatives were the topic of the lion’s share of discussion during its earnings call Wednesday.
Last week, Ashoat Tevosyan, an engineer on Facebook’s search quality and ranking team, discussed the nuts and bolts behind adding posts to Graph Search. Wednesday, during the social network’s third-quarter earnings call, Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke about the reasoning behind the effort.
It seems like on a monthly basis, there’s been a report or study that says teens and young adults are avoiding Facebook in favor of other sites or applications such as Tumblr, Twitter, and Snapchat. Some have even felt that it’s a death knell for the future of the company. But as Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman said during Wednesday’s first-quarter earnings call, Facebook isn’t concerned about these reports.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has attempted over and over to squash speculation about a Facebook phone, and he offered his strongest denial to date during the social network’s fourth-quarter earnings call Wednesday.