Facebook Director of Corporate Communications Larry Yu announced in a post on his Facebook page that he is leaving the social network to join communications consultancy The Pramana Collective, teaming up with friends Brandee Barker, former Facebook head of public relations; Brian O’Shaughnessy, former head of global communications at Skype; and Sean Garrett, former head of communications at Twitter.
Facebook is growing as a mobile company, with roughly 618 million people checking Facebook from their phones and tablets. According to new figures released Thursday by App Annie, Facebook Messenger is the No. 1 iOS social networking application, in terms of monthly downloads. The Facebook native app is No. 3. Both Messenger and Facebook are also quite popular on Android, as well.
Not all Facebook applications are created equal. While some only require basic information to function, many more want to know your location, access your photos, and post on your behalf. Which apps can you trust? MyPermissions, which helps users rid their social media lives of dangerous apps, shared with AllFacebook the most trusted apps on the social network, starting with the newest member of the Facebook family — Instagram.
With more and more Facebook users accessing the social network via mobile devices, Citrix examined where mobile traffic driven by Facebook was going, finding that 77 percent of the data volume generated by the social network’s mobile applications went to these five sites: YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, Yahoo, and eBay.
Another update, deeper Facebook integration: Skype 5.5 for Windows was officially released this week.