It’s year in review time at Facebook, and Pope Francis donned the crown as the most-talked-about person or event globally, while Super Bowl XLVII took home the U.S. trophy, according to data released by the social network Monday.
Social sharing via Twitter and Pinterest gained 6 percent and 4 percent shares of the sector, respectively, in the third quarter of 2013 versus the second quarter, while Facebook saw its share drop 9 percent during the same period, according to a study by Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer and consumer-management-suite provider Gigya.
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games kick off in Sochi, Russia, in exactly 100 days, but the Olympic Athletes’ Hub application is available right now, aggregating the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds of participants.
Russian social network vKontakte shares much in common with Facebook, including most of its basic design elements, but its CEO, Pavel Durov, is not the biggest fan of his counterpart in Menlo Park, Calif., Mark Zuckerberg.
Happy third birthday to Instagram, which launched Oct. 6, 2010. While the photo-sharing network’s milestones include its September 2012 acquisition by Facebook for $715 million and reaching 150 million monthly active users last month, Instagram shared its 10 favorite moments over the past three years.
Facebook is still dominant when it comes to social login, but its share of the sector slipped slightly in the third quarter, as Google Plus Sign-In began to chip away at its lead, according to a study by user-management platform Janrain.
Russian Internet company and early Facebook investor Mail.ru Group sold its remaining 14.2 million shares in the social network in July and August, netting it more than $525 million, Ryan Chilcote reported on Bloomberg Television’s “The Pulse with Guy Johnson.”
Since Facebook launched its bug bounty program two years ago, more than $1 million in rewards has been handed out to 329 people in 51 countries, Security Engineer Collin Greene reported in a note on the Facebook Security page.
Facebook is targeting businesses in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa that have not yet advertised on the social network with ads directing them to the Facebook Start to Success Program, which offers free support for first-time advertisers, as well as a £25 ($39.15) credit toward advertising.