With Election Day in the U.S. set for Tuesday during this midterm election year, Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project examined how Facebook and other social networks, as well as mobile devices, factor into how voters consume political information and follow news about the elections.
The top Facebook page in Australia in terms of engagement in the first half of 2014 was “Fifi and Dave,” while Tourism Australia topped the land Down Under in terms of likes, according to the latest Australian Facebook Performance Report by Online Circle Digital for Social Pulse.
Ahead of the next round of Tracy Morgan news that’s sure to flood our Facebook News Feeds, I thought it would be a good time to point out a fundamental error in a common complaint I see posted all over Facebook from time to time: The reason why our Facebook News Feeds suck — the reason “mainstream media” sucks altogether — is because WE are “the media.” Yep, your crappy news is all your own fault!
Facebook’s F8 global developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday may have been dominated by mobile, but the social network didn’t forget the media, as it introduced four new application-programming interfaces aimed at allowing media organizations to integrate content and data from Facebook into their work.
Still not convinced that Facebook is a mobile company? According to a new study by digital advertising company Quantcast, the social network accounts for 24 percent of mobile referrals to news and entertainment sites, and Facebook is now the largest third-party browser on iOS, responsible for 12 percent of browsing on the mobile operating system.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg divided the social network’s portfolio of applications into three stages during the company’s first-quarter earnings call Wednesday afternoon, putting the flagship Facebook apps in the most mature category; followed by established offerings Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp; and capped by the fruits of its new Facebook Creative Labs initiative, such as iPhone app Paper.
Facebook has become a virtual newsroom of sorts, with a recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project finding that three out of 10 U.S. adults get at least some news while on Facebook, and 78 percent of Facebook users see news while navigating the site. Now, the social network is aiming to become an invaluable resource for journalists and media organizations, announcing that it teamed up with social content discovery outfit Storyful to launch FB Newswire.
Facebook and other social networks continue to become further intertwined with the media, as the State of the News Media 2014 report, released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project found that 50 percent of social network users share or repost news stories, images, or videos, while 46 percent discuss news or current events on their networks, and 11 percent have submitted their own content to news websites or blogs.
Facebook turned to The Wall Street Journal to fill a position based on further intertwining the social network with news, as Editor of Emerging Media Liz Heron announced — appropriately, in a Facebook post — that she is leaving the Journal to join Facebook.