Facebook is continually changing its privacy settings, trying to give users more control over what they want to share and with whom. But still, even with the most stringent settings in place, personal information can find a way out. The Wall Street Journal examined how Facebook changed the lives of two gay college students, when a classmate added them to a public group for other gay choir singers at the school — an action that was shared on the students’ news feeds.
To show viral activity, we could post graphs, charts and just a plain list of numbers. Facebook, through its Stories program, took virality a step further. Facebook Stories took three images from celebrity George Takei and created an intriguing visual representation of sharing through the social network.
NetZero has been an Internet pioneer since the days where it first started giving away free, ad-based Web service. Now the company is offering another unique service — giving fellow subscribers data via Facebook. NetZero, through a Facebook application, lets subscribers share 1 gigabyte of data each month to connections on the social network.
Ustream is no stranger to providing streaming video service for Facebook users. But now you don’t need to be tied to a computer to share the memories. Ustream announced Thursday night the launch of Broadcast for Friends — an iPhone application that allows users to record live video, which instantly posts to Facebook. The company said launches for other mobile platforms, such as Android, are on the horizon.
After using social music applications such as Spotify and Pandora, Noah Shanok, CEO of Stitcher Radio, wanted to find some way for talk radio fans to share their favorite podcasts and programs. Thus, the Stitcher Radio application was born. Since Stitcher deepened its Facebook integration in February, the app has taken off, earning a featured story in the site’s developers blog. Shanok told AllFacebook that the future sounds pretty sweet for Stitcher Radio.
Facebook is expanding well beyond the like button. First, there were reports of a want button. Now, multiple sources say that Facebook is launching a save for later option that would allow users to save their favorite posts for reading at a more opportune time.
Facebook’s first quarterly financial report since going public offered some good news and some bad news for the company. The good news? Facebook is continually gaining users, especially on mobile. The bad news? The company took a major financial hit in stock compensation after the post-initial public offering freefall. But the three executives on Thursday’s earnings call — Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, and Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman — are confident in Facebook’s future.
Like the Facebook application for your mobile device? Why not go all out and invest in a Facebook phone? Bloomberg claims that Facebook is reportedly working with HTC and could release a Facebook smartphone mid-2013.
In 2011, U.S. marketers spent more than $3 million on Facebook brand pages. What are they getting for that money? Research from social marketing firm Get Satisfaction and analyst Incyte Group shows that despite the heavy investment on Facebook, consumers still visit a companies’ websites more often, and would rather be introduced to a company through friends, not ads.
For years, Mixi has been the social media site of choice in Japan. But new reports suggest that Facebook could overtake Mixi by the end of the year, thanks to The Social Network and a model that promotes more sharing of information.