The chair of the U.K. Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, had some harsh words for Facebook over its low tax bill and its method of legally avoiding taxation by channeling its revenues through Ireland, home of its European headquarters.
Brands took to Instagram with Halloween-related posts, and the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network highlighted examples from Target, Ford Motor, JetBlue Airways, Oreo, Starbucks, Disneyland and Asos in a post on the Instagram for Business blog.
Four years ago Monday — Oct. 6, 2010, to be exact — Instagram launched, and the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network marked its fourth anniversary by saluting some of the brands that are part of its community in a post on the Instagram for Business blog.
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.