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  • Facebook rolls out Mentions on Android

    Facebook Mentions, a platform from the social network that makes it easy for public figures to talk with their fans and each other, has officially launched on Android. Since launching on iOS in August last year, the service has seen fairly significant uptake thanks largely to Live, video component of the app which allows public figures can take their fans behind the scenes, host Q&As, share announcements and more. Read more: Facebook launches live video-streaming feature for celebrities With Live users can also interact, watch the live broadcasts or choose to watch the video later on the public...

  • Facebook Messenger out to kill the phone number

    Facebook Messenger, which passed the 800-million user mark in 2015, is out to kill the phone number. That's according to post from the social network's Vice President of Messaging David Marcus, in which he outlines what the messaging platform is out do in 2016. Looking back, Marcus says 2015 was a year "when we made significant improvements to how we enable people to communicate". "Among other things, he writes, "we made Messenger blazing fast, we introduced video calling, the ability to customize conversations with colors, nicknames and emojis, and with Businesses on Messenger, we introduced a new way for...

  • Facebook to reward small business advertisers in 2016 Facebook Awards

    Facebook on Tuesday announced that entries are open for the 2016 Facebook Awards. The awards, now in their fifth year, are designed to celebrate the best creative advertising work being shared on the Facebook platform as well as on Instagram. Facebook expects the awards to experience continued growth in 2016 after it reviewed more than 2 700 submissions from 160 countries in 2015. It also says it's aiming to internationalise the awards more this year in the wake of increased entries from outside the US. For the first time, the awards will also recognise small business advertisers who have earned...

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolution is to build his own Jarvis-style personal assistant

    The beginning of the year, amongst other things, means making New Year's resolutions. Mark Zuckerberg, known for setting himself some difficult goals, has come out with a New Year's resolution that makes all others appear petty. The Facebook CEO is planning to built his own artificial personal assistant in 2016. Announcing the news on his Facebook profile, Zuckerberg said that this year's resolution theme is about invention. "My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron...

  • Paris, Pluto, #BlackLivesMatter: Facebook’s 2015 year in review

    Facebook has released its 2015 year in review, with the upcoming US presidential elections, the recent terror attacks in Paris, and the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis ranking among its most talked about news events. Following those events are the Nepal earthquakes and the Greek debt crisis. Ed Sheeran meanwhile topped the list of most talked-about entertainers, followed by Taylor Swift at #2, Kanye West at #3, Nicky Jam at #4, and Wiz Khalifa rounding out the top five. Game of Thrones ruled the small screen as the most talked-about TV show, while Star Wars: The Force Awakens led the list...

  • Cricket South Africa Facebook page hacked, flooded with softcore porn

    On Tuesday night, South African cricket fans looking for updates from Cricket South Africa (CSA) got more than they bargained for. Rather than the usual news about upcoming fixtures or player health, the organisation's Facebook page found itself carrying images of softcore porn and links to adult sites. The strange turn in content was apparently down to the page being hacked, with CSA unable to regain access to the account until the early hours of Wednesday morning. As well as posting the adult content, the attack also saw all CSA administrators removed from the page. At this stage, it's...

  • What does Facebook Pixel mean for Marketing (and Google Analytics)?

    I run a Digital Agency where, among other things, we manage our client’s social media marketing. As I was running an ad for one of our clients in the Ads Manager, we picked up something interesting called Facebook Pixel (Not conversion or audience Pixel) Facebook Pixel (A smart Facebook tool that allows you to track, report on customer activity and then re-target advertising to the customer’s Facebook feed) launched earlier this year as a replacement to both the Conversion and audience tracking pixels. The new tool effectively combines the power of the Conversion Pixel and the Custom Audience Pixel into...

  • Facebook introduces live video streaming, photo collages features

    Facebook has introduced its own live video and photo collages features to take on the likes of Periscope and Meerkat. The social media giant says that it has launched these two features to help its users to keep friends and family updated in real time by live streaming their activities and chronicling their journeys with photo collages. This is not the first time that Facebook has experimented with live video streaming. In August 2015, Facebook launched Live, a way for public figures to connect with their fans via live videos. Live, unlike this new video feature, was only available for...

  • Mark Zuckerberg explains $45b pledge following skepticism

    Earlier this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO and co-founder, and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan, announced that Zuckerberg was going to donate 99% of his personal Facebook shares (US$45-billion) over the course of his lifetime to a newly formed entity called Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The donation, he said, was to "advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation”. The reception to the news was -- contrary to what the two might have hoped for -- less than flattering. Two days after making this announcement, the Facebook CEO was forced to clarify the many confused and...

  • Mark Zuckerberg to donate 99% of his Facebook shares to ‘advance human potential’

    Facebook CEO an co-founder Mark Zuckerberg plans to cash in 99% of his Facebook shares to "advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation". This announcement comes after the birth of his daughter, Max, yesterday. Writing on behalf of his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, the founder revealed this enormous commitment in an open letter to their newborn daughter. "We will give 99% of our Facebook shares -- currently about US$45 billion -- during our lives to advance this mission," Zuckerberg writes. Specifically, Zuckerberg and Chan will seek to further personalised learning, curing disease, connecting people and building...

  • Facebook looks set to take on crowdfunding with Fundraisers tool

    Facebook has launched Fundraisers, a dedicated place to raise funds from a non-profit’s Page for a specific campaign. The company says Fundraisers go beyond its usual Donate Button which it has deployed in the past during disasters. Facebook’s 1.5 billion monthly users, when equated to a country are a few million higher than China’s population, making Facebook the biggest country in the world. What happens then when a country of that magnitude takes on a smaller country, said smaller country being Kickstarter. We will have the answer to this question once Facebook’s fundraisers tool matures, for now it is...

  • Facebook’s Internet.org, Praekelt Foundation team up to launch Free Basics incubator

    Facebook's Internet.org on Monday announced a partnership with the Praekelt foundation that will see the two launch an incubator for the Free Basics platform. A crucial part of of Facebook's Internet.org service, Free Basics is the part of Internet.org which allows people to access the internet for free. It also allows partners to create services that integrate with Free Basics. The announcement, made in Cape Town, is designed to help interested organisations to reach out and connect with people on low-end smartphones, who might struggle to afford data on a day-to-day basis as well as feature phone users. Update:...

  • Following criticism, Facebook is going to enable Safety Check during more human disasters

    Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO, has been forced into an explanation after Facebook deployed its Safety Check tool during the Paris, France attacks on Friday and yet had not done so during other disasters elsewhere. Facebook users were not too happy and pointed out that there has been many losses of lives elsewhere in the world and Facebook’s Safety Check shows the social network's disregard of other lives. Following this criticism, Zuckerberg has made a commitment to deploy the Safety Check tool in more human disasters in the future. “Thank you to everyone who has reached out with questions and...

  • Facebook introduces Notify, an iOS app that pushes notifications to locked screens from publishers

    Facebook has released yet another app, this time aimed at pushing notifications from a user's preferred content sources to their mobile screen. Notify is an iPhone app and is currently only available in the US. Facebook has not said anything about a release in other markets and when the app will come to Android. "Notifications are becoming one of the primary ways people first learn about things wherever they are" Julian Gutman, Facebook Product Manager, said on a blog post. Facebook has partnered with more than 70 partners, including Bleacher Report, Bloomberg Business, CNN, GQ magazine, The New York Times,...

  • Facebook Results: social network crushes Q3 as WhatsApp nears a billion users

    Facebook on Wednesday announced its Q3 results and while they were financially impressive -- revenue for the quarter was up 45% on the same quarter a year ago -- they were important for a whole host of other reasons. For starters, the social network now has more than 1.5-billion monthly and 1-billion daily users. According to at least one source, that means that Facebook has more daily "customers" than any company has ever had. Now you could argue that Facebook's real customers are the companies it sells advertising to, but still how many other products can offer advertisers the...