Facebook Product Manager Josh Williams, who joined the company after its acquisition of location-based check-in application Gowalla in December 2011, is leaving the social network Friday, according to a report in AllThingsD.
The video ads Facebook originally planned to launch this month or in July are now on hold until at least mid-October, Ad Age reported, with sources telling the magazine more development is needed on new features the social network plains to release simultaneously with its video ads.
Facebook’s Open Graph is a popular stop on the itinerary of travel reviews site TripAdvisor, which said engagement on its site is 27 percent higher from users of the social network, adding that one out of three new reviews are posted by users signing in with login with Facebook.
Facebook delivers much higher conversion rates than Pinterest or Twitter in terms of social commerce sales, but the average order value is highest for Pinterest users, followed by those referred by Facebook and Twitter, according to a new report by customer experience engine Monetate.
Recommendations are a huge part of Graph Search. When users seek restaurants or bookstores their friends have liked, Facebook shows the average amount of stars their friends have assigned when rating those places. Previously, star ratings were available only through mobile and through random sidebar polling, but Inside Facebook noticed that Facebook recently added the ability to visit pages from desktop and rate them.
Some Facebook users are seeing detailed explanations of the five-star ratings system the social network uses to allow users to rate places.
Ratings and reviews from fellow users of Facebook and other social networks often play a role in purchasing decisions. Recognizing this, social marketing software provider Spredfast announced that it integrated with ratings and reviews platform Bazaarvoice.
Recommendations from friends are one of the major components of the graph search feature Facebook introduced Tuesday, and the social network is preparing for the rollout of graph search by sprucing up the appearance of its recommendation stories.