Facebook earlier this month launched Home, which essentially makes Facebook the platform on selected Android phones. The move was an important one in Facebook’s goal to become more influential on mobile. The company’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, told reporters in London Monday that mobile could be a more important advertising medium than television.
Facebook released another ad promoting its Home overlay for certain Android devices, with this one featuring Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg not exactly doing a stellar job of capturing his employees’ attention.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is all over newsstands Thursday, having penned an op-ed in The Washington Post to introduce political advocacy group FWD.us, as well as gracing the cover of Fortune for a wide-ranging chat with Senior Writer Jessi Hempel.
When users start getting Facebook Home on Android devices, there won’t be paid advertising. But much like other Facebook products, it’s likely coming. Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg didn’t rule it out when the product was announced last week. Todd Herrold, senior director of product marketing at Kenshoo Social, talked with AllFacebook about how Facebook Home can change mobile advertising.
Much to many users’ chagrins, Facebook is testing a service that charges users $1 to message people to whom they aren’t connected. As a test that has now been completed, it set users back $100 to get in Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s inbox (or anyone else with a high amount of followers), but with no guarantee that he’ll even see or respond to their messages. Now Facebook is testing a similar service in the U.K., charging users to contact celebrities and other people with swarms of followers.
The launch plan for the political advocacy group being led by Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg encountered a few issues, as Joe Green, the plan’s author and a roommate of Zuckerberg at Harvard University, confirmed to Politico that it contained several inaccuracies.
Not long after Facebook announced its redesigned News Feed, with its heavy emphasis on photos, many brands’ images looked improperly cropped for this new format. Images were centered on peoples’ waists, with text on their heads. Facebook recently revealed to AllFacebook the official measurements for photos in this more visual News Feed, as well as how pages and people can make sure their photos look good.
Facebook Thursday unveiled the closest thing to a Facebook phone, with Home. Select Android devices will have access to Home starting April 12, and it will later become available to more users. This news was met with curiosity, excitement, and a little bit of fear, knowing that Facebook would go from being a part of the phone to being a part of the entire mobile experience.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke with Fortune Senior Writer Jessi Hempel last week, one week before the social network’s introduction of its Home overlay for Android phones, saying of Facebook’s earlier mobile efforts, “We were just kind of really behind in terms of the quality level we wanted to be providing.”