Vivek Wadhwa, a research professor at Stanford University, published a diatribe on LinkedIn a few months ago titled, “Facebook Is Doomed.” Contributing to the debate on the medium- and long-term sustainability of one of the biggest social networks is undoubtedly a healthy endeavor. However, this excessive public statement distinguishes itself with rather frivolous arguments on Wadhwa’s part.
Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, announced last month, became the target of privacy groups, as the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, alleging that the privacy of current WhatsApp users will be affected by Facebook’s use of their information.
As promised by Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Manager for Windows Phone Program Management Joe Belfiore late last month, Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone is finally a reality and available for download from the Windows Phone Store.
Facebook will shutter its Facebook Messenger for Windows March 3, nearly two years to the day after the application’s debut, and the social network is pointing Messenger for Windows users toward the Facebook desktop site, as well as its upcoming Windows Phone release.
Facebook’s Messenger application will finally make its Windows Phone debut, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Manager for Windows Phone Program Management Joe Belfiore said this past weekend, prior to the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
After its unsuccessful bid for photo-messaging application Snapchat last November, reportedly valued at more than $3 billion, Facebook opened up the vaults and announced its acquisition of cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp for $4 billion in cash and some $12 billion in Facebook shares, also announcing that WhatsApp Co-Founder and CEO Jan Koum will join Facebook’s board of directors.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t joking about “building separate mobile applications beyond the main Facebook app” during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call Wednesday, as Paper was announced just a few hours after the call ended.
Although Facebook remains far and away the top social network in terms of accounts, active users, and frequency of visits, it saw a 3 percent drop in active usage between the second quarter of 2013 and the fourth quarter, according to the latest study from GlobalWebIndex.
On this last day of 2013, AllFacebook compiled a list of our 10 top posts for the year in terms of page views, and the list turned out to be quite diverse.