Like the Facebook application for your mobile device? Why not go all out and invest in a Facebook phone? Bloomberg claims that Facebook is reportedly working with HTC and could release a Facebook smartphone mid-2013.
Social statistics tracker ComScore recently released the latest Power of Like report, this one examining how Europeans use Facebook and other social media sites. The paper notes that in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, 32 percent of users’ Facebook time is spent on the news feed page.
It’s apparent that Facebook has changed the way people share information, and not just baby photos and event announcements. According to a study in the United Kingdom by the Reuters Institute, the social network is responsible for 55 percent of the country’s news sharing, beating out email and Twitter.
A partnership with U.K.-based charity Samaritans to put distressed people in contact with professional help has been launched, after a woman told her 1,048 Facebook friends that she had taken an overdose, yet no one reported it until the following day.
Yesterday the Prime Minister’s office posted a video of a conversation between Mark Zuckerberg and the David Cameron, the new U.K. prime minister, discussing a new initiative to engage citizens for ideas on reducing the country’s deficit. While it’s interesting to see the country engage its citizens I can only imagine the types of comments that will show up on the page. Despite the challenges, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a custom application that lets people vote or submit ideas in a more formal manner.
In the runup to the April 20 voter registration deadline, Facebook is helping to get U.K. voters registered. Via the Democracy UK Page, there is a tab with an application that enables voters to register directly from Facebook. The new page, which was built in cooperation with the Electoral Commission and Techlightenment (a UK-based social media agency), still requires users to print and mail in their registration form.
Facebook has threatened to sue the Daily Mail UK for inaccurately publishing a piece about Facebook on Wednesday, according to the Guardian. Daily Mail’s article claimed that whenever a “14 year old girl” joins Facebook she is approached by older men within seconds, who want to perform a “sex act in front of them”.
Christmas Day happens to be great for online social networks, with millions of users sitting around the house playing with new gifts, showing online photos to family members and friends, or just surfing the net because there aren’t as many businesses open during this national holiday. Whatever the case may be, Facebook traffic in the UK peaked at an all time high on Christmas, 2008, just as it did last year.