In June, Facebook announced that status updates could include “clickable” hashtags. Users have been sticking hashtags on Facebook posts for years, but since they weren’t clickable, they were sort of insider jokes for their friends and fans. But they’ve been a popular way for users to track conversations and topics on Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus, and, since social networks often steal popular features from competitors, it wasn’t a big surprise to see hashtags make their way to Facebook.
The Nitrogram 50, a list of the 50 most popular brands on Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network Instagram, went live to the public Monday, with athletic apparel and footwear giant Nike topping the charts by a wide margin.
Brands have an overwhelming presence on Facebook, but has that transferred into the site’s photo-sharing network, Instagram? New figures from Simply Measured show that more brands are becoming hip to Instagram, as 67 percent of the Interbrand 100 (top companies such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Disney) have a presence on the site, compared with 57 percent in February.
Facebook’s Gifts feature is slowly starting to go global, as readers of sister blog Inside Facebook located in the U.K., Canada, and India reported the ability to send gifts to their friends, but only to friends in the U.S.
Last week, Facebook entered the gift card market with the Facebook Card — a new addition to Facebook Gifts. Unlike other gift card options offered by Gifts, this is a plastic card that can be used at Target, Sephora, Jamba Juice, and Olive Garden. Noah Mallin, vice president of social media for brand agency Digitas, thinks that the Facebook Card could be a very powerful way that brands learn more about users’ spending habits, and it could also revolutionize mobile ads.
Social marketing software provider Spredfast announced Tuesday that it raised $18 million in venture capital in a round led by OpenView Venture Partners and joined by existing investors Austin Ventures and InterWest Partners.
Facebook made a serious entry into the social gifting fray with Facebook Gifts last year, and now it’s looking to go deeper into the market. The company Thursday announced the Facebook Card, a plastic gift card that hold all electronic gift cards users have received through the social network. This will roll out gradually to U.S. users.
In January 2010, Facebook had just 337 million users — a figure that has ballooned to roughly 1 billion this year. While Facebook is still most popular in the U.S., the social network has grown in leaps in bounds in countries such as Brazil and India over the past three years. An infographic from Socialbakers illustrates how the demographics of Facebook have changed since 2010.