The 2014 Winter Olympic Games have begun in Sochi, Russia, and while Facebook may not appear on any of the medal podiums, it is eyeing the gold medal for fans’ social networking experience.
Facebook and Instagram demonstrated their Olympic spirit by reaching a deal with NBC Sports Group’s NBC Olympics to bring social elements to content from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, which will be held in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7 through 23.
Facebook’s tradition of inviting the press to events without revealing what it is announcing has been passed down to Instagram, as the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network will hold a media event in New York Dec. 12.
Are your Facebook friends your friends in “real life,” as well? Not according to a recent poll by Zogby Analytics on behalf of lifestyle website Living MacTavish, which found that nearly one-third of the 1,000 or so respondents had not met a single one of their Facebook friends face-to-face over the past two months.
From the “Take this with a grain of salt” department: According to a survey (of just 250 adults) conducted by Google for virtual-private-network application provider TunnelBear, 33 percent of millennials would rather be victims of identity theft than reveal the histories of their activities on Facebook.
Social marketing platform Offerpop introduced the latest application to take advantage of Facebook’s relaxed guidelines on promotions, the Poll app, which allows page administrators to create mobile-ready polls on the social network.
Facebook recruited 10,000 U.S. users for its Facebook Feedback Panel. Are you among them? If not, you’ll be pleased to know Facebook doesn’t want to turn into SpamLand, but don’t expect that ads to stop anytime soon. This is probably a good thing, though — for your marriage and other personal whatevers you put out there.
Fox Sports became the latest media entity to reach an agreement to use the two media-centric application-programming interfaces the social network introduced earlier this month, as Facebook and Fox Sports announced a six-month partnership deal Sunday, as reported by Mashable.
The National Security Agency is still dealing with the fallout from its Prism long-term Internet spying initiative, and the Internal Revenue Service will never win any popularity contests, but according to a recent Reason-Rupe poll, respondents trusted the NSA and the IRS more than Facebook and Google.