The Facebook app for iOS has been used begrudglingly by Facebook users for two reasons. It’s a completely free app (other apps that access Facebook are paid apps or ad-supported), and it’s the official app of Facebook. Unfortunately, the Facebook app is largely considered a broken app. It takes a long time for things to appear on the display – not just the photos but sometimes even the text. Scrolling through the news feed is also molasses slow. [Read more…]
Facebook has announced that it is putting up an App Center that will be accessed first in the United States. The people behind Facebook are hoping that the new App Center will encourage people to look at the current applications available in the center and also be informed of new apps.
The new App Center has been designed to help push users to install more applications. The apps in the Center will also list down which of the user’s friends have installed it on their Facebook page or on their mobile device. [Read more…]
A few weeks ago, Facebook made waves when it announced that it has bought the hugely popular photo taking app Instagram for $1 billion. According to the press statement, Instagram will be developed independent of Facebook. With Facebook recently announcing its own photo taking feature that promise may have been kept but it also creates a lot of questions about the future of both Facebook and Instagram.
Social network giant Facebook is currently testing a new scheme that where you pay to have your status update promoted. With the new system you pay Facebook a small fee to have a status update you’ve chosen appear on Facebook more prominently.
The pay to promote system is already being tested in New Zealand although some people have claimed that it is also running concurrently in a few other countries. At this point, Facebook has not released any statements on whether it plans to expand it to its other markets or even to continue with this new payment system. [Read more…]
From March 2009 to July 2009, StumbleUpon was actually the number one social media sites that drives the most traffic to websites. Overall, from Mar 09 to Mar 10, StumbleUpon was second to Facebook in generating traffic to websites with 25% of social media hits, while Facebook had 48%. Twitter had 10% of social media hits. Â The rest include – YouTube (6%), reddit (4%), Digg (2%) and MySpace (2%).
So, what’s the importance of these statistics? From a business perspective this only goes to show that social media sites could be a good tool for driving traffic to business sites. Hence, we now see more brands having their Facebook pages linked to their individual corporate websites.
Mr. Aodhan Cullen, CEO of Statcounter remarks:
â€œSocial Media market share fluctuates a lot more than browser or search statistics. For example, Facebook peaked over Christmas and the New Year with almost three quarters of the total, perhaps reflecting its important role in communications between families and friends.â€
In case you’re wondering StatCounter’s data was based on 13 billion page views across the globel StatCounter network of member sites.
So there, if your Â company does not have a social media presence yet, you might want to start creating one on Facebook, especially now that there are many things happening with Facebook in terms of features and functionality.