We know that more and more users around the world are accessing Facebook through their phones, but new statistics released Wednesday by comScore show that Facebook’s native application has surpassed Google Maps and is now the most widely used mobile utility in the U.S.
The “Other” folder in the inbox of Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is probably not the most efficient place to be for Facebook users who want to reach him via messages on the social network. The good news is that there may be a way to avoid being banished to the Other folder. The bad news: It’ll cost you — $100, to be exact.
You may have noticed that whenever a Facebook friend gets married, it sets off a flurry of activity throughout the social network. Friends post photos from the wedding, and there’s the creation of a life event and the notification on the top-right corner of the screen. Mashable and TheKnot.com recently studied how entwined Facebook is in users’ nuptials, finding that 8 percent of people are updating their Facebook relationship status to engaged just minutes after saying yes.
In recent days, Facebook has been tweaking the format of its comments. Earlier, we reported that Facebook is testing threaded comments, making it easier to reply to a specific comment. Now, Facebook is trying out ranked comments for pages, meaning that the ones with the most engagement will float to the top.
Facebook announced last week that it reached 1 billion users — roughly one-seventh of the worldwide population — all of whom are sharing photos, posting stories, and making friends. There’s an incredible history recorded on Facebook, one that Mashable’s Chris Taylor quantified in a fascinating infographic.
Call the exterminator: Another Facebook bug was discovered, this one involving users of the social network not being able to delete posts on their walls by other users whom they have blocked.
It was rumored that Facebook Director Peter Thiel was going to sell some of his stock in the social network when it was possible. The rumor is now fact. CNBC reported Monday that Thiel offloaded nearly all of his shares — about 22 million of them (2 million of which were distributed to his limited partners). Microsoft also sold 20 percent of its Facebook stock, which dipped below $19 per share Monday before rallying to $20.01 at closing time. The fallen stock price has an effect on the social network’s pending Instagram acquisition, as well.
Many Facebook users didn’t like when it seemed as if the social network was trying to take over their email. But we’re guessing people might be a little more happier that Facebook is making progress in the snail mail market. Users can create a physical postcard with a Facebook photo and send it to a friend. According to TechCrunch, the social network is trying this out on a few select members before potentially rolling it out for everyone.
When Facebook first launched and opened up to college students throughout the country, you were considered cool if you had access to the social network. Now that it is free for anyone around the world to use, you might be considered suspicious or a sociopath if you don’t have a Facebook account.