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For the most part of 2011 there were persistent rumours of Facebook going public at some point in 2012. If this happens, it’s set to be one of the most eagerly anticipated listings in recent times, with some predicating an IPO (Initial Public Offering) that would end up valuing Facebook at up to $100 billion. As the world’s largest social network, with 400 million people accessing the site each and every day, Facebook has become an integral part of a tremendous number of people’s lives.
The world of SEO and online marketing is forever changing. You only have to perform a quick search to see that the industry is already preparing itself and predicting what 2012 has in store. Amongst the many changes in the past year was the increased emphasis on social media and the sharing of content.
More importantly though, is that Facebook now makes up 52.1% of sharing on the web [Source: Search Engine Land]. With the social networking giant being responsible for so much sharing, isn’t it time that online marketers took better advantage?
This is a massive breakthrough for the millions of businesses that use Facebook to interact with their customers. B2B and B2C companies will now have the opportunity to directly interact with their target audience. This will improve the rate of engagement and will also help businesses who use Facebook as a customer service platform. Read more
As many countries in the western world have been affected by the financial crisis and subsequent budget and job cuts, more and more people have found themselves out of work – in the UK alone 2.62 million people are unemployed.
With such unprecedented levels, many of whom are young people, the Internet has become a source of information to find and search for jobs, albeit a competitive one. As such, you may be tearing your hair out desperately trying to figure out where your next break will come, whilst knowing that thousands of other people will be doing the same thing. There is help though, especially in the form of social media.
Last week saw the world of social networking heat up. Google’s decision to open their new social network to the wider world came the same week that Facebook unleashed a number of new upgrades (ones that look alarmingly similar to Google+’s, but that’s another story).
Not to be outdone by their rivals, Google are determined to make their social network a success. This week there has been another update about their eagerly anticipated business profiles, something that currently gives Facebook the upper hand in the battle for social networking dominance.
The news that Facebook have announced a number of new privacy settings to their social network has got everyone in a bit of a tizz. Needless to say that the few changes they’ve made have been well received, but it wasn’t that long ago when the words ‘Facebook’ and ‘Privacy’ were like square pegs in round holes – the two just didn’t go together.
Do you have the feeling that you should be using Facebook to promote your business but not sure of the best way to get started? Delay no more – read these instructions and then get cracking right away – there’s gold in that there Internet! Read more
Earlier this week it was announced that the dominant market share that Facebook enjoys within social media has dropped to a two year low. Whilst the 50.14% figure announced by Hitwise is certainly not a disaster, it is part of a growing list of concerns for the once imperious network.
Market share is a notoriously difficult figure to accurately gauge. A drop may happen for any number reasons and not necessarily because of a reduction in actual visitors. In fact, the drop in overall share is more likely to be caused by larger increases elsewhere, with sites like Twitter and YouTube gobbling up visitors due to coverage of major events (such as the hacking scandal). The introduction of Google+ certainly won’t have done much to help either.
A few days after social media was being lambasted in the UK press for its role in the London riots, new media has emerged as a saint over night for its efforts in helping community groups clean up some of the damage that has been caused.
Whilst this really is a case of being two sides of the same coin, there’s no doubt that sites such as Twitter and Facebook have played a significant role throughout the recent rioting. As the police continue in their efforts to keep the streets safe, good hearted citizens are offering their help with clean up operations in all of the affected areas of London using the hash tag #riotcleanup on Twitter.
For marketers and agencies alike, the news of Facebook’s API will be met with great anticipation. Before this announcement, it was only a few brands that had access to Facebook’s Ads Application Protocol Interface (API), but now businesses of all sizes can gain full access to it.
There are a number of benefits that come with accessing the array of tools that other larger brands have been using for a while, and Facebook yesterday made this happen by officially launching the API Programme.
Timing is everything, Facebook have known this since their inception, and their philosophy of acting quickly and being first has struck once again. They’ve launched ‘Facebook for Business’ in an effort to help companies set up a business profile on the leading social network.
Now cast your minds back a week, Google+ announced they were working on ways to improve their business services [See: Google+ to Launch Verified Accounts and Business Profiles]. But in the mean time have stopped or taken off company profiles on its up and coming social network. Great news for Facebook, or is it?