Facebook’s strategy for global domination: Shame Google

Social networking giant Facebook was caught playing dirty. It is revealed by Don Lyons that Facebook have engaged top PR firm, Burson-Marsteller, to plant negative news about Google. Facebook confirmed this and stated the following reasons for the engagement:

First, because it believes Google is doing some things in social networking that raise privacy concerns; second, and perhaps more important, because Facebook resents Google’s attempts to use Facebook data in its own social-networking service.

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Pioneering social network Friendster initiated countdown to reincarnation

Friendster Exporter

The pioneering social network, Friendster, has started to request its members to start exporting their details using its Friendster Exporter. Members can export data, including your profile information, your friends list, your photos, messages, comments, testimonials, shoutouts, blogs and groups.

By May 31 2011, all the photos, messages, comments, testimonials, shoutouts, blogs, forums and groups that you may have now will no longer be part of your account.most of these data will be deleted. However, Friendster accounts will be NOT be deleted. The social network will preserve users’ ID, basic information, friends’ list and wallet and migrate them to the upcoming iteration of Friendster.

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Pixable launches Photofeed social photo discovery app for iPhones


Pixable launches the iPhone version of its Photofeed app. Pixable first launched Photofeed web version (as Facebook app) in January 2011 and the iPad version in February 2011. To date, the Pixable Facebook app has over 300,000 monthly active users.

The Photofeed app is a useful companion for social photo browsing, designed for use with key social photo sites, namely Facebook Photos, Flickr and Instagram. Using proprietary WonderRank technology, Photofeed app aggregates, dynamically organizes and display photos by analyzing variables associated with your Facebook account. Inaki Berenguer, Co-founder and CEO of Pixable wrote: “PhotoFeed uses machine learning algorithms to display the most interesting and relevant photos to an individual user and also allows them to subscribe to notifications of their friends’ photo activity.” The app also display popular pictures from Flickr and Instagram.

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Latest Estimates for Facebook Users by Country – Asia (Quarter 1 2011)


Facebook in AsiaSince March 2010, I’ve been monitoring the growth of Facebook users in Asia on GreyReview. In October 2010, I’ve found out that Facebook exceeds the 100 million users mark. At the start of year 2011, there was an estimated total of 111.9 million of Facebook users in Asia.

This is the latest edition of Facebook in Asia series. The followings are some interesting observations of Facebook growth in Asia in the first three months of 2011:

  • The latest estimated number of Facebook users in Asia: 131.3 million.
  • Total Facebook users grew by 17.3% in the Quarter 1 2011, which is slightly less than the 21.4% in the previous quarter (Quarter 4 2010).
  • Indonesia continues to lead with 35.2 million users. Second-placed India with 23 million, followed by Philippines (22.4 million), Malaysia (10.1 million) and Taiwan (9.1 million)
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The Illustrated Brief History (sort-of) of Social Networking

This is a fun set of illustrations of the evolution of social networking. It is commissioned by PeopleBrowsr, in celebration of the Advertising Research Foundation’s 75th anniversary. Not comprehensive, but somewhat, informative. From 1930 to 2011, highlights include:

  • 1930: The Notificator.
  • January 1978: Computer Bulletin Board System.
  • 1989: World Wide Web invented.
  • 1989: Online gaming service Quantum Link changed name to America Online.
  • 2003: The launch of Friendster, MySpace, LinkedIn.
  • 2004: “The Facebook” was launched.
  • 2006: Twitter launched.
  • 2008: Burger King viral video.
  • 2010: First tweet from space.
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Which Countries have over 1 Million Facebook users?

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As of the weekend of Week 8 2011, there is an estimated total of 642.5 million Facebook users worldwide. It was reported in early January 2011 that Facebook surpassed 600 million users mark. About 76% of Facebook users are from outside the US.

  • Top 10 countries make up 366.2 million Facebook users, or 57% of total Facebook population.
  • Top 20 countries constitutes 75% (or 481.1 million) of total Facebook users worldwide.
  • There are a total of 71 countries with over 1 million Facebook users. Together, users from these 71 countries represent 96% of total Facebook population (see List below).
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Over 111 million Facebook users in Asia on New Year’s Day; Slowing growth, Indonesia widens lead and South Korea on hyper-growth

Facebook in Asia 2010

As of January 01 2011, there are a total of 111.9 million Facebook users in Asia. The social network added almost 20 million new Asian users in the Quarter 4 2010. After increasing by 10 million users in the month of October 2010, Facebook experienced growth slow down between November 2010 and December 2010. Nevertheless, Facebook population grew by 21.4% in Asia in the last quarter of 2010.

In November 2010, Indonesia overtook the UK to become the world’s second largest market for Facebook (behind the United States.) In Quarter 4 2010, over 5 million new users from world’s fourth most populous nation joined Facebook. Indonesia also widened its gap with second-place Philippines over the last 3 months. In November 01 2010, the gap between Indonesia and second-place Philippines was 11,901,900 users. Now, the gap is 13,227,560.

Today, there are over 32 million Indonesians using Facebook. Philippines is behind Indonesia, with over 18 million, followed by India (16.9 million), Malaysia (9.5 million) and Taiwan (8.7 million).

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Facebook exceeds 100 million users in Asia; added 10 million users in October 2010

Facebook in Asia 2010

In the beginning of October 2010, there were a total of 92.1 million Facebook users in Asia. By end of the month, the figure has surpassed the 100 million user mark (specifically, 102.2 million). That’s an increase of 10.1 million users in a month or 10.9% month-on-month growth!

Indonesia continues to top the Facebook Population in Asia list with 29.8 million users. Although the country is fast approaching the 30 million user mark, the most populous Southeast Asian nation continues to show impressive 12.2% growth rate (the 10th highest among the Asian nations). During the month of October 2010, Indonesia registered the highest increase of % of Total Facebook Population in Asia, an increase of 0.3 percentage point, from 28.9% to 29.2% (India increased by 0.2 percentage point and Japan with 0.1).

Cambodia registered the highest growth rate at 24.6%, followed by Afghanistan (23.3%), Mongolia (19.7%), Japan (19.6%) and South Korea (18.9%). And Bangladesh joined the 1-million users group in October 2010. As of now, there are a total of 13 countries in Asia with over a million Facebook users.

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