May 062017

Facebook’s 2017 first-quarter financial report comes packed with a series of very interesting information about how the platform has evolved over the past few months. It seems that the number of social network users is steadily increasing, now reaching a figure equivalent to about 25% of the planet’s population.

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Facebook nearly hit the 2 billion users milestone (pic: Facebook)

The company’s revenue amounted to $8 billion in the last three months, a 49% increase over the same period last year, with $3 billion accounting for profit. By comparison, the profit last year was 76% lower. Also during this period, the number of active monthly users increased by 17%, reaching a total number of 1.94 billion. Unlike past reports, Facebook has decided not to share users in terms of devices used to access the social network, which suggests that almost everyone is “mobile”, with the desktop being a secondary took to connect to the network.

The company has also addressed issues that have arisen in recent weeks, when more users have broadcast live video with crimes or suicides. Facebook promises to hire 3,000 moderators to monitor live content, notify authorities or prevent inappropriate videos from being spread. At the same time, the social network starts a more serious campaign to combat “fake news” and state-sponsored propaganda.

Feb 092017

Facebook Lite, the app developed by world’s largest social network and dedicated to entry level terminals and users with a limited data plan, has exceeded 200 million monthly active users after just two years since its debut.

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Facebook Lite (caption: youtube)

The information was forwarded by the Chief Operations Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg.

“Today we’re sharing that more than 200 million people are using FB Lite – our low bandwidth version of the Facebook app. We’re committed to connecting people with the things they care about – no matter their connection, device or where they live. In many areas, networks can be slow and unable to support all the functions available on Facebook. FB Lite gives people access to core Facebook experiences like News Feed more quickly and while consuming less data.

In several countries around the world, many people are mobile first or mobile only – and that includes business owners. FB Lite is helping business owners grow and reach customers on mobile even when bandwidth is at a minimum. For example, Sao Paulo-based wedding photographer Altiery Monteiro started using FB Lite to use less data and save money. He soon found that FB Lite sped up the time it took him to upload photos from his mobile device. This was significant for Alriery whose business E29 Foto e Vídeo depends on being able to showcase his work, but also has him constantly on-the-go. He says 30% of his clients come directly through his Facebook Page – something he can now maintain wherever he is using FB Lite,” wrote Sandberg in a post.

The low-bandwidth Lite app was launched in January 2015 and is very much alike Facebook’s main mobile version. However, the application has native support for notifications in the Android operating system.

Facebook Lite has about 2 MB when installed and is compatible with Android 2.3 Gingerbread or any later version.

Although Facebook claims that Lite is the “fastest application” of its portfolio, many users complain in Google Play’s comments section, that the app shows errors and does not work very fast.

However, Facebool Lite has a good rating (four stars out of five possible) in the virtual app store, thus revealing that most people who use it are satisfied with its performance.

Mar 242016

Jack Dorsey, Co-founder and CEO at Twitter, gave an interview for the TV program The Today Show, during which he was asked, among other interesting things, about the cyber-bullying/harassment issues which become increasingly more spread on the social networks.

Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey (wikimedia commons)

Dorsey said he has never blocked anyone on his social network, although it happens often to be harassed by diverse users who address him inappropriate messages. In spite of all these complaints and getting “some nastiness every now and then” from Internet trolls, Dorsey argued that he has never blocked anyone on the account.”I really want to see what people are saying and I want to hear from them.”

On the contrary, he believes that the online environment is a tool that facilitates a much easier dialogue even when very serious problems are brought into discussion, therefore he prefers to read what people post and keep regular contact with them. He insisted his social media platform does not censor user content, despite rumors suggesting otherwise.

“The situation is indeed disappointing, but unfortunately reflects very realistically the world in which we live. We see around us as much optimism as pessimism,” said Dorsey.

Twitter’s CEO explained his view on the social platform, claiming that Twitter is extremely useful for building a strong dialogue regarding social issues.
Photo credit: Andrew Mager [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sep 172015

Facebook users stormed the popular social network website on Wednesday to respond – not necessarily positive – the decision to test the “dislike” button announced previously by CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

During a session of questions and answers (Q&A) on Tuesday, Zuckerberg answered a variety of questions that ranged from virtual reality to his wife’s pregnancy. Most of those who entered into dialogue with Zuckerberg have preferred to address the issue of a possible introduction of a “dislike” option that had been announced by Facebook.

Facebook dislike logo (pic: web)

Facebook dislike logo (pic: web)

The official page of Facebook co-founder was flooded with nearly 3,000 comments, most aiming the controversial button “dislike”. If some of them have stated that the introduction of this option will make them use even more the popular social network, others have expressed concern that “dislike” will increase the number of online harassments.

“People have asked for button ‘dislike’ for many years,” said Zuckerberg, although it does not necessarily have to be called as such or represented by a finger pointing down.

By this button, he added, users can express their “empathy” for those posts where the “like” option is not an appropriate response, such as the refugee crisis or death of a close person.

Mar 132013

An application that posts updates on social network Twitter after the death of the user was created by a joint team of experts from an advertising agency and a university in England. LivesOn app will be launched later this year, according to the British media.

LivesOn App

Outstanding app LivesOn allows you to socialize also in the afterlife

The app that aims at blurring the lines between life and death, has already lured 7,000 Internet users who want to try it, although it is not completely developed.

“What if there is no peace in the digital realm? What if when your heart stops beating, you can still continue to post tweets? ” That’s how it sounded the teaser of those from Lean Mean Fighting Machine (a London-based advertising agency that focuses its activity on social networking) who created the application alongside developers from Queen Mary University.

LivesOn is a digital answering machine which during user’s life, analyzes his/her tweets in terms of topics and writing style. An online twin account would thus be created and after the death of the user, an “executor” of his will on LivesOn, decides whether or not to make public the back-up account that should post messages on behalf of the deceased.