The European Commission, the antitrust authority of the European Union, will decide on Facebook’s proposed acquisition of cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp by Oct. 3, and the EC will do so armed with detailed information from questionnaires sent to companies including telecommunications operators, other social-networking sites and Internet-service providers, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Facebook has been named as an associate member of the Cellular Operators Association of India, which represents mobile service providers and telecommunications equipment manufacturers in that country.
Telecommunications companies dominated the second-quarter Socially Devoted analysis of customer service on Facebook by analytics provider Socialbakers, accounting for 60 percent of the 59 fastest responders.
Social marketing platform Shift, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, examined campaigns on the social network during the second quarter that were managed via its Facebook ad solution, and it shared its findings in the infographic below.
Facebook’s data center in Luleå, Sweden, will be the endpoint for more than 1,000 kilometers of fiber being rolled out in the northern part of the country by domestic carrier TeliaSonera, ZDNet reported.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines once again soared to the top of the quarterly Socially Devoted social customer-service report from analytics outfit Socialbakers, which added that brands on Facebook responded to 65 percent of questions in the first quarter of 2014, up from 59 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 60 percent in the year-ago period.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg dined with about 20 executives from wireless carriers Monday night in Barcelona, Spain, site of the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress, Bloomberg reported, and the conversation at the private dinner may have been guarded, given the wireless industry’s concerns over the threat that the social network’s most recent acquisition, cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, presents to their text-messaging services.
The airline industry was the most responsive to customer-service questions on Facebook in the fourth quarter of 2013, while the telecommunications industry fielded the most queries, and airline KLM was the best performer on Facebook, both for the fourth quarter and the full year of 2013, according to the latest Socially Devoted report from analytics provider Socialbakers.
3Q EARNINGS CALL: How Is Facebook Responding To The Mobile Transition From An Advertising Standpoint?
Facebook said in its third-quarter earnings report Wednesday that its total advertising revenue for the period was $1.8 billion, up 66 percent when compared with the year-earlier quarter, and mobile accounted for 49 percent of that revenue. During the company’s earnings call Wednesday, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman offered more specific details.