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Fast-growing Facebook aims for more social Web

(Reuters) – Facebook’s user base is growing at its fastest rate ever, the online social network company said on Wednesday as it rolled out features that link the company’s platform more tightly with outside Web sites.

Facebook’s “open graph” would let people see information tailored to their lives and interests wherever they are on the Web, the company’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said at the f8 conference in San Francisco.

The idea, Zuckerberg said, is to make Facebook the center of the increasingly social and more personalized experience that people encounter when they use the Internet. Facebook also wants to make it easier for other websites to share information across Facebook’s user base of more than 400 million people.

“We’re building toward a Web where the default is social, every application and product will be designed from the ground up to use real identity,” he said.

Facebook users would be able click on a “like” button next to content on sites such as Time Warner Inc’s CNN and Walt Disney Co’s ESPN, and share the information on their Facebook profiles in a better way than the “share” button that many sites use.

Those sites in turn could display content from a Facebook user’s network. For example, a box on CNN.com could show that three friends “liked” a certain story.

Facebook has also partnered with review site Yelp and music discovery service Pandora, to enable more widespread sharing of users’ preferences across those sites.

In addition, Facebook and Microsoft, which owns a small piece of the social network, are launching a document creation and sharing application, based on Office 2010, that can be accessed through Facebook and an outside site.

Facebook, which has faced criticism for sharing too much user information, deflected questions about privacy concerns.

In a press conference following the keynote, Zuckerberg said applications on third-party sites will share no more information than before.

“I think what this actually means is that people are going to be sharing less of their information when they don’t need to around the Web,” he said.


Since its creation in a Harvard dorm room in 2004, Facebook has emerged as one of the Internet’s most popular destinations and is increasingly challenging established Web powerhouses like Yahoo Inc and Google Inc.

Facebook is the fourth-most visited site in the United States, and displaced Google in January to become the top U.S. site by total number of Web pages viewed.

Facebook’s event comes a week after rival social networking sensation Twitter held its developer’s conference in San Francisco, and announced that it had signed up more than 100 million users — marking the first time the company has revealed its number of users.

In September, Facebook said that it had recently turned free cash flow positive, meaning that it makes enough money to cover operating costs and capital spending.

Facebook director Mark Andreessen also told Reuters last year that the company would surpass $500 million in revenue in 2009.

Last year, Facebook received $200 million in funding from Russian Internet investment firm Digital Sky Technologies, in a deal that pegged the value of Facebook’s preferred shares at $10 billion. DST also bought more than $100 million of common shares directly from Facebook shareholders, valuing Facebook’s common shares at $6.5 billion.

(Reporting by Gabriel Madway. Editing by Maureen Bavdek and Robert MacMillan)

Fast-growing Facebook aims for more social Web

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Poll Results: Mark Zuckerberg is ?

of the votes cast – Mark Zuckerberg, head honcho at facebook, has been voted VERY LUCKY by 29% of the visitors to the poll on my blog.

Close behind VERY LUCKY, 20% called him A GEEK, with a tie at 13% for Marc Zuckerberg being an ENTREPRENEUR or VISIONARY – 12% voted him a LONER (too many pictures of just Mark Zuckerburg by himself I guess) is he a BILL GATES ? 9% thought so, whilst 3% suggested OTHER – you can think what the OTHER might mean.

If you would like to vote in the Mark Zuckerberg Poll – look for the APLINK Poll in the right column of this blog and cast your vote.

Note: With 350 million members of myspace, oops facebook, there has to be more at play than just VERY LUCKY 🙂

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Mark Zuckerberg’s grand missive: The translation | The Social – CNET News

CNET Translates Mark Zuckerberg’s message to his LOYAL subjects and commemorating 350 million facebook members – read on

What he means: “Some of my Harvard classmates wanted to brag that they get to live in Buenos Aires or Sydney. Or that they wanted to find hot girls who lived nearby. That worked for a while.”

However, as Facebook has grown, some of these regional networks now have millions of members and we've concluded that this is no longer the best way for you to control your privacy. Almost 50 percent of all Facebook users are members of regional networks, so this is an important issue for us. If we can build a better system, then more than 100 million people will have even more control of their information.

The plan we've come up with is to remove regional networks completely and create a simpler model for privacy control where you can set content to be available to only your friends, friends of your friends, or everyone.

What he means: “I could be deceptively upfront and say that this was just getting messy and that it makes little sense for millions of you with only a passport in common to be grouped under the same label. But let's be honest. I am simply preparing you for the day in the not-so-distant future when you all willfully renounce your national affiliations and become citizens of the Grand Republic of Facebook. And I shall be your Fearless Leader. Did I mention I own a white fluffy cat?”

read more via Mark Zuckerberg’s grand missive: The translation | The Social – CNET News.

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evolution of facebook

where facebook began – its journey – where facebook is today is presented in this finely crafted up tempo video by Simon U ford for his facebook business classes.

http://www.EventsListed.com/SocialTra… Social Traffic’s cracking the code is a 10 week social media training and certification course. Included are 65+ training videos. Personal mentors, weekly Q&A’s as well as group practicum where we launch mini social media campaigns together. This video is an introduction to our Facebook for business marketing course.

BTWtwitter has a new market value of USD 1 billion yeap US$1b – it raised another 100mil from investment firmsInsight Ventures Partners. T Rowe Price and original twitter backers Spark Capital & Institutional Venture Partners.

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A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal. Facebook Mark Zuckerberg will not confirm

A tell-all book and film about the rise of Facebook are about to rock the technology industry, with wild claims that founder Mark Zuckerberg had sex with groupies in toilet stalls and even that he dined on a koala on the yacht of a Sun Microsystems executive.

The book, to be released in the US next week, is written by Ben Mezrich and titled The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal.Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing, has already written the script for the film adaptation, which was leaked to some film blogs this week.

Kevin Spacey has signed on as co-producer while David Fincher, who made The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, is in talks to direct it.

via http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/koala-on-the-menu-book-claims-facebook-founder-has-strange-tastes-20090709-de0z.html


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Facebook Reaps $200M from Russian Investment Group – MarketingVOX

This week, Russian investor firm Digital Sky Technologies took a $200 million stake in social network Facebook, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg says will make a solid cash “buffer” amidst a rough economic clime.

Zuckerberg declined to estimate a valuation based on the investment figure, arguing the shares are private and thus difficult to quantify, but Facebook’s overall value is nonetheless speculated to be about $10 billion — meaning the $200 million investment reflects a 1.96% stake.

In 2007, Microsoft invested $240 million in Facebook based on a $15 billion valuation, which was later speculated to be too high a figure. Zuckerberg asserted the investment was part of a broader business relationship that included an ad deal and an agreement by which Live Search would power Facebook’s search functionality.

“That was a strategic relationship with a lot of different components,” Zuckerberg stated (via Advertising Age). “It was a year and a half ago, and it was a different world at the time.”

At ad:tech Paris in April, Facebook’s Blake Chandlee, who manages its EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) division, noted that over 70% of the social network’s traffic now comes from outside the US. He hastened to add that this is not because growth on US terrain has slowed; rather, it’s expanded significantly elsewhere.

comScore figures appear to corroborate this claim. In February Facebook logged 275 million global visitors, rising to the #6-ranked online property worldwide, a 75% increase over the same period last year. In 11 major European countries, it took the lead in the social network category.

According to Zuckerberg, Digital Sky Technologies was chosen for its strategic investments in other overseas social networks, which all boast different business models — including direct payments and advertising. It also has a financial claim on a handful of big players in the online Russian ad scene, including portal/search engine Mail.ru and social network Vkontakte.ru, which bears significant similarities to Facebook in appearance.

The company has agreed to buy “at least” another $100 million of Facebook, primarily in stock, from existing and past employees. Zuckerberg says the investment will not affect plans for an IPO, if one ever occurs; and partners from Digital Sky Technologies will not be joining Facebook’s board. On its own, the investment firm is worth about $1 billion and is rumored to be planning its own IPO within the next three years.

Presently, Facebook is testing a payments system for virtual goods. The socnet — which is projected to earn $500 million in revenue this year — aspires to be cashflow positive by 2010.

via Facebook Reaps $200M from Russian Investment Group – MarketingVOX.

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Social Media: The Pied Piper Effect

Is Mark Zuckerberg the Pied Piper of today with facebook as his instrument and not a Pipe… but unlike the Pied Piper who eventually seeked revenge for non payment, Mark Zuckerberg will continue to offer his followers more and more rewards and experiences from his social media platform – yet one must muse how many peoples efforts would be lost without a clear and ongoing strategy to monetize facebook.

Another Pied Piper in social media is David Meerman Scott, his recently released book World Wide Rave is yet another example of David playing his instrument, in this case his knowledge of Communications to engage a global following based on respect and a desire to seek knowledge.

On a different level of desire, Singapore’s own Andrew Chow of Romancing Singapore, who operates a social network for Singles, i recently observed him in action at the Geek Terminal where his relationship skills (his instrument) were most useful to his online followers who for the first time met for real their possible life time partners.

And so, for social media to work, does it need Pied Pipers & are people like Mark Zuckerberg, David Meerman Scott & Andrew Chow all legends of social media in their own right ? Are you a Pied Piper ? Here’s your invitation to start a following, add your ideas in the comments.

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Mark Zuckerberg 24 on the cover of FORTUNE – itsReal

How would you monetize Facebook and at the same time keep membership growing and keep existing members happy about what you want to implement ?

Read on…

Pick up March’s copy of Fortune Magazine and you will see Mark Zuckerberg Founder & CEO of FACEBOOK


Magazine’s scream at you with images of entertainers & pop stars, get away holiday’s and gourmet food in the hope that you will pick them up and head to the cash register, however Mark is neither BUT the Geek in me immediately grabbed my copy and like a seeker of true knowlegde i dashed to the 7/11 cash register to purchase.

How many other “Geek Styled” humans did the same as me?

Mark sitting pretty on 175 million facebook members,has to be one of the Internet ‘s “miracles” so many others have dreamed of creating the holy grail but is the reality different in that Internet Holy Grails come with FAME but not mark-zuckerberg2Fortune… the article suggest at one point that facebook pulled in an estimated $280 million in revenue but an un-named source (wink) close to the company said it didn’t break even – ouch when on paper facebook is valued at $15 billion or is it $3.7 billion.

Mark’s initial idea (after his mashface) was to create the worlds largest digital phone book, today his aspirations are that facebook will become the phone itself without the creepy avatars,  I assume he is taking a dig at Second Life and their sometimes creepy avatars 🙂 BTW Twinity avatars are real…

The article delves into monetization of facebook and no one, even its part owner Microsoft, is hasty to complain about anything it seems & after all Microsoft is implementing facebook styled features in its new operating system OS 7.

Now if you are a beginner with facebook there is a full page profile tour for you to get the hang of things and if your’re trying to encourage your granny to get into facebook – just tell her the fastest growing demographic are woman aged 55 and over – stats reveal a jump of 175% since September 2008.

I flaunted the cover of fortune magazine as I walked back into the Geek Terminal with immediate exclamations from the females of how could I get them introduced to him, whilst the male fraternity asked if Mark was my son or was that me on the front cover, comments found frequently in facebook itself, random zitty, commonplace content & immeasurable babble all of which obviously we humans whether GEEKS or not need an outlet to express ourselves no matter our age or sex.

Congrats MARK for your achievements to date – keep building.


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How not to interview Forbes’ Youngest Billionaire – Mark Zuckerberg – itsReal

BusinessWeek’s Sarah Lacy at the South by Southwest Interactive conference was panned by the audience here — and in near-real time in the blogosphere.

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That the social-media circus turned against its reigning ringmaster had more to with Ms. Lacy’s meandering questions and diversions into anecdotal tales of her previous interviews with Mr. Zuckerberg than it did with the Facebook CEO’s answers. Indeed, at one point he even suggested to her that she ought to ask questions — as opposed to sharing her thoughts — prompting the restless SXSW crowd to burst into applause.

Strange interview technique
Early in the interview when Mr. Zuckerberg started talking about Facebook’s Spanish-language expansion, Ms. Lacy interrupted to talk about her enthusiasm for Spain; when Mr. Zuckerberg got the floor back he explained that the expansion was more about his site’s popularity in Colombia. At another point she told a story about a previous interview she had done with the 23-year-old billionaire at Facebook’s office, relating that when the session had ended, Mr. Zuckerberg was drenched in sweat, and that he had a prevalent facial tick “like a little bird.”

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