Much needed improvements coming to Facebook Security Systems
In a recent attempt to cut down fraudulent activity, Facebook has announced that they will increase their automated efforts to remove Likes on Pages that have been obtained by methods that violate the Facebook Terms and Conditions. Many page owners base their social media efforts and results by the number of likes they have on their brand page. This can be very deceiving, as there are many companies that have sprung up over the years selling Facebook Likes and scripted bots that will click competitor Facebook Ads Like to increase the bid spend.
In an official statement from the Facebook Blog:
On average, less than 1% of Likes on any given Page will be removed, providing they and their affiliates have been abiding by our terms. These newly improved automated efforts will remove those Likes gained by malware, compromised accounts, deceived users, or purchased bulk Likes.
With this new implementation, hopefully we will see some more accurate statistics and data coming from our Facebook Insights. Let’s all try to keep Facebook free from these types of antics so that everyone can get the best user experience possible.
Facebook pages with 5,000 likes will receive advanced post options
Page admins and owners with 5,000 likes or more will start to be able to take advantage of some advanced features within the next week. Facebook has announced that they will allow targeted posts to be sent to fans based on criteria including: gender, language, relationship status, location, interested in, and education.
Targeted posts will still be visible from the page timeline, however, they will appear only to the selected groups in the news feed. This has great potential to share relevant content with target audiences and will increase the overall page interaction.
As the Online Gaming laws are chaning in the USA, Apple has made announcement that is sure to rock the real money gaming industry.
Following the news that Facebook was going to allow real money gaming for users in the UK, Apple announced that they will allow real money gaming apps in their hugely popular iTunes store. Users in regulated markets, currently UK only, will be allowed to access real money games on the iPhone for the first time ever.
Seattle based company, Big Fish Games, has been named as the first game provider for the launch. Working in conjunction with Betable Ltd, a London based company, they will introduce the mobile gaming apps to the UK audiences later this year. Not far behind, industry giants Zynga, have also made a public statement that they plan on having online casinos live in 2013.
While Apple is known for taking a cut from app developers on every sale on iTunes, they will not be taking any revenues from real money gaming apps.
According to Big Fish CEO, Paul Thelen, “Apple wants to keep arms’ length from this. They don’t want to be the middleman in a gambling operation.”
This is an incredibly pivotal time not only for online gaming, but for mobile as well, as this represents a major shift in the way users access the Internet. With an increasing amount of users opting to use mobile on the go, do you think this could be the next big Internet success story?
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Leading game developers, Gamesys, have launched the first real money gambling app for UK users 18 and over.
Bingo Friendzy, presented by Gamesys, aims to capture the increasingly growing online bingo players. Users compete in an environment much like an online bingo site, however, this marks the first time cash or prizes are awarded within online games on the Facebook platform. GameSys also produces the widely popular JackpotJoy games as well.
This is a huge step for the online gaming industry and is sure to be the first of many licenesed online gambling and casino operators to make their entrance into the booming app industry. Gaming leaders and Facebook partners, Zynga, are sure to follow up with a release later in the year.
This will also prove to be a healthy source of income for Facebook, as they have been struggling as of late since their initial stock market appearance and flop.
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LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals, has been rolling out a new and updated design for their users.
LinkedIn users may have started to notice that their homepage and many people are big fans…including myself!
According to LinkedIn representatives, “this is just the beginning” and that it plans to offer more customization and functionality later this year, but for now the redesign should be hitting your account over the next few weeks.”
The new style has been compared to that of Google+, as it features larger pictures and visible comments. The information is displayed on the page in a much more visually appealing manner, which makes scanning the updates a much more enjoyable process.
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Speculation is increasing on the web about a possible jobs board on Facebook to compete with LinkedIn.
For those looking for a new career or just interested what’s out there, many may be visiting Facebook to find the latest and greatest offers. With Facebook nearing more than 800 million users and their recent IPO, its no surprise that they are looking for additional sources of revenue to help them stay at the top of their game. While Facebook is more known for being the social space that keeps work and social lives separate, the line is becoming increasingly blurred as more and more monetization is being sought after on the social giant.
LinkedIn has maintained its popularity as the social networking site that allows you to network with your fellow industry colleagues and has become one of the most popular on-line sites for job seekers. Additionally, LinkedIn has a much more professional feel to the environment, which directly opposes that of Facebook.
What are you thoughts? Do you think that a combination of your work life and social life is a good idea? Let us know and we’ll be sure to keep you posted with all the latest news.
A Russian forum user claims he has hacked LinkedIn, uploading 6,458,020 encrypted passwords.
Users have shared concerns over the LinkedIn iOS app, stating that the app has violated the user privacy by sending detailed calendar entries to its servers. Representatives for LinkedIn have responded online at Twitter stating that they are looking into the issue.
Whenever using online services, we highly recommend that you change your password often and ensure that it is secure. We suggest that when choosing your password, ensure that it contains letters, numbers, and special characters.
It’s finally here! Facebook has released a new app on Monday that lets page admins manage your branded Facebook page from your mobile iPhone.
The new App, Facebook Pages Manager, lets you post, comment, and responde directly to your page. Additional features include posting updates and photos, among others. The app is free, so no need to worry, just install from the App Store and get started.
This will work wonders for many brand managers on the go who had previously been unable to act as the brand/page on the original Facebook App. This app, along with all of the other apps hosted on Facebook, will be available in the new App Center, planned by Facebook to promote both iOS and Android apps.
Facebook has recently announced that they will be launching The App Center in coming weeks. This service will allow app developers to sell their apps directly to consumers from Facebook on the web and in the iOS and Android Facebook apps.
With Facebook topping 900 million users, The App Center will act as a central place to find great apps Apps on Facebook include a wide range of offerings from social games like Sklots – Slots and Skill Games, as well as highly demanded music services like Pandora and Spotify.
This should prove to be a game changer for many app developers, as it allows users to browse apps based on number of installs, user ratings, and engagement. Each app has an app detail page, which allows people to install it before going to an app.
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Just as you were getting used to the new and improved Facebook Timeline, more changes are coming. Facebook has announced that on March 30, 2012, all Facebook pages will be converted to the Timeline format.
This new timeline layout allows page admins to do away with landing pages and focus on the stylish banner image and profile pic, which should provide for some interesting branding and design ideas.
According to Gokul Rajaram, Facebook’s product director for ads, “The goal is to make Pages more engaging and more social”.
Another benefit for page administrators is the new insights integration. Facebook had already introduced the new Insights for pages, but this takes it the step further by providing detailed information right at your fingertips.
Additionally, Facebook has finally listented to many users requests and added the private message feature. Now, pages will be able to respond to private messages from their fans, in the same way as a user profile does.