Last Friday marked the one-year anniversary of Facebook’s acquisition of mobile application-development platform Parse, and the social network said the number of apps built on the platform has soared by some 250 percent in the past year, to more than 260,000.
Many Facebook users worry about their personal identities being compromised on the social network through unfortunate photos or tagged posts. But a University of Cambridge study shows that it’s possible to gain information such as political affiliation and ethnicity just from seeing Facebook users’ likes. Social security firm Secure.me also published a top 10 list of the Facebook applications that require this information when users connect to them.
We know that dating applications have strong usage on Facebook, yet I’m embarrassed to admit that I impulsively bought a premium subscription to Zoosk before I’d gotten a chance to suss out the selection on there.
Zoosk, the online dating community that launched in 2007 as a Facebook application, has raised an additional $6 million in funding. This is the third round of funding for Zoosk, and was led by existing investor Canaan Partners. The funding will go towards pushing Zoosk’s market share on a global scale, as well as adding to its team and roll out new products.
If you are in the online dating industry then social platforms are most definitely on your radar. Many offer a completely free platform but Zoosk differs from most in that they use a freemium model, limiting things like “flirts” and messages, charging users for increased activity. Check out our interview with Shayan Zadeh below.