Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg held his second public question-and-answer session Thursday at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., and topics that came up included whether or not Facebook will add a dislike button; the social network’s role in discussions about issues such as the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y.; whether Graph Search will launch in other languages; and the controversial News Feed study by social scientists from Facebook, Cornell University and the University of California-San Francisco.
What role did social networks such as Facebook and Twitter play in discussions about Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative and government surveillance? Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project sought to find out by conducting a survey of 1,801 adults.
Interaction with content from media companies on Facebook rose 23 percent between January and April, according to a study of more than 1.74 billion engagements with some 250,000 stories that were shared on the social network, conducted by social media news aggregator NewsWhip.
Facebook and Google combined will account for a 15 percent share of the total media advertising marketing of $200 billion in 2016, according to the latest projections from market researcher eMarketer.
The Middle East region is more mobile-friendly than you might think, as a recent study by global market research agency Ipsos, commissioned by Facebook, found that 43 percent of respondents in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates use at least one other device while watching television, with that figure soaring to 76 percent when isolating the UAE.
Facebook has launched several initiatives aimed at boosting media companies’ presence on the social network thus far in 2014 — Public Content Solutions, aimed at providing its partners with dedicated technical and business resources to build out media solutions on Facebook and Instagram; FB Newswire, a project with social content discovery outfit Storyful to aggregate publicly shared content on Facebook, by media organizations and individual users, to aid journalists in their reporting; and the four new media-centric application-programming interfaces it announced at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco last month — but the media industry took a shot across the bow in the form of a long rant posted on the social network by Director of Product Management for Ads and Pages Mike Hudack.
STUDY: Users Who Arrive At News Sites Via Facebook Spend Less Time, View Fewer Pages, Return Less Often
Facebook’s efforts to cozy up to media organizations appear to be timely, as Internet users who arrive at the 26 news websites analyzed in a new study from Pew Research Center via directly typing in those sites’ URLs or via bookmarks spend far more time on those sites, view more pages, and return more times per month.
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.
When Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced the social network’s redesigned News Feed last March, he repeatedly referred to it as a “personalized newspaper.” And a new News Feed design the social network is currently testing, which was discovered by Fast Company’s Co.Design, indicates a further push to bring newspaper-like elements to Facebook’s primary destination.
A total of 47 percent of Facebook users get news on the social network, trailing Reddit (62 percent) and Twitter (52 percent), but due to the size of its user base, when looking at U.S. adults overall, Facebook blows away its social network competition, with 30 percent getting news from the site, and YouTube coming in a distant second, at 10 percent, according to the latest study from Pew Research Center.