Love is in the air for the Facebook Data Science Team, as it is devoting Valentine’s Day week to a series of blog posts analyzing related trends among the social network’s users. The first installment, written by Mike Develin, focused on religion.
Facebook Weekly Highlights Brings You Post-Typhoon Hoops In The Philippines, Cricket Legend’s Farewell
Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured the photo to the left of retiring Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar leaving the pitch for the last time; as well as the photo atop the post, posted by National Basketball Association superstar and Miami Heat Forward LeBron James, of youths playing basketball in the Philippines amid the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
Facebook Director of Small Business Dan Levy announced a milestone of sorts during a small business roundtable in New York: 1 million advertisers have been active on the social network in the past 28 days.
Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin cautioned that the social network’s rapid growth brings both positive and negative consequences.
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.
A study of Facebook usage in Singapore by social media marketing firm Rock Publicity projected that more than two-thirds of the country’s population will use the social network by 2013, and average usage levels will increase.
It’s well-known that more people are accessing Facebook on mobile devices, and the trend is definitely not lost among the site’s younger users. According to a study from Macquarie Research, 56 percent of users between ages 15 and 25 surveyed said they check Facebook from their phones, up from 24 percent last year. Macquarie feels that this could rise to 70 percent next year.