Maybe Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comparison of News Feed to a personalized newspaper wasn’t too far off. According to the Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media 2013 report, Facebook is a key way that news outlets such as The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, and Yahoo reach their readers. The report notes that major U.S. news sites get an average of 9 percent of their traffic from Facebook, compared with 4 percent when measured 15 months ago.
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Apple’s iOS 6 will come with more Facebook integration for the iPhone and iPad. Luckily for iPhone users, the next version of the Facebook app will also be faster, according to The New York Times‘ technology blog, Bits.
Yesterday, Facebook made a subtle switch to users’ contact information: swapping out whatever email address they had listed in favor of a Facebook email account. While reaction has been overwhelmingly negative, the company hasn’t exactly backed down, saying that these changes were announced in April.
Family issues can sever ties between relatives, parents, and children, but what happens when family members who have grown apart are still connected through Facebook? A Bay Area psychologist told The New York Times that he often hears patients talking about how they heard about a birth or wedding in the family through the social network, and not with a phone call or in-person visit.
A Facebook analysis studying journalists’ use of the subscribe feature finds that the group have experienced a 320 percent average increase in subscribers since November, 2011.
The Fox News Facebook page got over 8,000 death threats posted on its wall after the Communications Director for the American Atheists, Blair Scott, appeared on the network discussing the group’s lawsuit hoping to stop the erection of a crucifix at the World Trade Center Memorial.
Are Facebook employees cashing out their stock to avert a decline in the shares’ value?
Clicking on a Facebook share of a New York Times article gets you right through the site’s newest paywall free of charge and on an unlimited basis.
The New York Times has completed a major integration with Facebook directly into the publication’s extremely popular homepage. The functionality appears to be similar to Facebook’s recommended articles social plugin, with users being required to opt-in to the service. The most notable aspect of this new service however is that the typically design-conscious company, has a plugin which doesn’t align with the rest of the site. I’d expect them to resolve this issue eventually though.