Facebook Global Director of Small Business Dan Levy announced last November that the social network had more than 25 million active small business pages, and the latest initiative aimed at strengthening the company’s bond with that explosive market segment took flight last week, when the newly formed Small and Medium Business Council met at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
Facebook video ads have finally arrived, at least for a “select group of advertisers,” as the social network announced the launch of what it is calling premium video ads and what it began testing last December.
Mark Zuckerberg Spotlights Several Internet.org Initiatives During Keynote At 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed several developments from the Internet.org global connectivity initiative at the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, including the formation of SocialEDU, a program aimed at bringing “a collaborative online education experience” to students in Rwanda.
Designer Marc Jacobs will open a popup shop in SoHo during New York Fashion Week next month, but not a single bill nor coin will be exchanged.
Global networking company Netgear announced at 2014 International CES in Las Vegas that it is teaming up with Facebook to provide Wi-Fi to small businesses, and the Facebook Wi-Fi service will be available free-of-charge to users of the social network who check in at those businesses’ Facebook pages.
The Facebook feature that has been long anticipated by marketers and long dreaded by users is one large step closer to becoming a reality, as the social network announced Tuesday that it will officially begin testing video ads this week, with “a small number of people” who will see a spot for upcoming feature film Divergent when they access their News Feeds on desktop or mobile.
Most users of Facebook’s flagship applications for iOS and Android may have noticed that videos shared in their News Feeds via the social network or Instagram are now set to play automatically, without sound, rather than being displayed with a play button in the center of the image.
The good news about EducationSuperHighway — a nonprofit organization launched by groups including Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Startup: Education organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — is that its goal is to ensure that every student in the U.S. from kindergarten through grade 12 has high-speed Internet access. The bad news is that all of the horrible puns about the information superhighway (remember, “I feel like roadkill on the information superhighway?”) will likely resurface.
From the “Take this with a grain of salt” department: According to a survey (of just 250 adults) conducted by Google for virtual-private-network application provider TunnelBear, 33 percent of millennials would rather be victims of identity theft than reveal the histories of their activities on Facebook.