No, I didn’t receive an email from Princess Zuckerberg asking me to save her family fortune from the hands of the rebel forces. This is not the typical Nigerian 419 scam. In this version, Facebook is unknowingly misleading its advertisers about its vaunted targeting abilities. If you buy ads targeting the U.S., it is now very likely that you are getting traffic from Nigeria and other parts of Africa, as well.
Now that Facebook Credits have been nixed as the official currency of Facebook games, the company took some time Tuesday during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco to explain how the new system of local currency makes in-game purchases easier for all parties. Now, game developers have full control over what they charge users in different countries, and users can see rounded price points instead of always-changing conversions.
Although Facebook commerce platform Soldsie works by allowing brands to process purchases within the comments section of the social network, the $1 million in seed funding it announced Wednesday did not come via comments, but from a group of institutional investors.
Since 2010, PayPal has been one of the main methods of payment for Facebook developers. But as Facebook grows, the company is changing its PayPal policies for new developers in emerging markets, such as China, Brazil, and India. According to TechCrunch, developers in several countries must show extra identification as a means of authentication, such as photo IDs or incorporation papers, in order to be paid via direct deposit.
Social commerce platform Payvment announced Thursday that its Lish.com product discovery destination, which launched in beta in August, is now open to the public, complete with a new feature for its clients on the retail side: branded seller storefronts.
Facebook page comments are one of the most important ways users engage with brands on the social network, but San Francisco-based startup Soldsie introduced another use for comments — as a point of sale.
The crowded Facebook analytics field welcomed a new entry from data visualization company SumAll, SumAll Social Metrics, which combines transactional, social, and Web traffic in one software-as-a-service environment, on a single dashboard.
The test of a subscription payment model for applications with developers Zynga, Kixeye, and Playdom that Facebook launched in June is over, and the social network has extended the capability to all developers.
Following its second-quarter earnings call last Thursday, Facebook filed its 10-Q quarterly document with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday, addressing, among other topics, increased mobile usage, revenue from game developer Zynga, and the status of various lawsuits.