Facebook users who want to send and receive messages via their iOS and Android devices will soon only be able to do so via the social network’s Messenger applications, as messaging will be removed from its flagship applications for both operating systems, Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch.
Facebook reported 1.32 billion monthly active users as of June 30 as part of its second-quarter financial results, up from 1.276 billion at the end of the first quarter of this year, and from 1.115 billion at the end of the year-ago period. Mobile MAUs were 1.07 billion, up slightly from 1.008 billion in the previous quarter, and up dramatically from 819 million in the second quarter of 2013. And the social network’s total of mobile-only MAUs continued to grow rapidly, reaching 399 million as of June 30 after wrapping the first quarter of 2014 at 341 million and the previous-year period at 219 million.
Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network Instagram introduced its Instagram Direct direct-messaging service to much fanfare last December, but mentions of the feature have been few and far between since. However, according to Instagram, rumors of the demise of Instagram Direct are premature.
Facebook found itself in the middle of another “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation involving content posted to the social network, this time over a photo of a young girl’s bare backside that was posted to the Coppertone page to mimic the classic 1953 ad from the sunscreen company of a young girl’s bathing suit being pulled down by a small dog.
Facebook Hopes Missed Calls Are A Good Thing For Advertisers Targeting Feature-Phone Users In High-Growth Markets
With two-thirds of the world’s mobile users still accessing Facebook and other social networks and websites via feature phones, the social network has had to get creative when it comes to advertising solutions to reach those users, many of which are in high-growth markets such as India, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, and Nigeria. How creative? How about an ad unit based on missed calls?
Facebook Vice President for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa Nicola Mendelsohn discussed the company’s recent acquisitions of mobile messaging platform WhatsApp and immersive virtual reality technology company Oculus VR at the Fortune Most Powerful Women International conference in London.
Facebook may have more than 1.28 billion monthly active users, but WebpageFX examined the fates of those users who are now permanently inactive due to death, noting that some 30 million of the social network’s users passed away during its first eight years.
In the four years between 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, which kicks off Thursday, Facebook has more than doubled its total of monthly active users, to more than 1.2 billion, while Twitter has seen a nearly fivefold increase in its MAU count, to more than 255 million.