Saturday, 31 January 2015

The number of Facebook users grows and grows ...

Founded by Mark Zuckerberg portal is growing in strength, and does not bother him even a fad in the network, which is to not to have an account on the site. Facebook is a giant on very solid legs.

We know this thanks to the report for the last fiscal quarter of last year, which Facebook has posted on the Web. In the third quarter of 2014 the number of users increased by 13% and is now 1.39 billion people, and the continuous activity has more than 890 million. More and more of them are users of mobile devices - 526 million logs on FB because of this type of equipment. A year ago it was 296 million, so the jump is huge. And do you like to finance increases the number of users?

Here, Facebook boasts an even better result, because the revenue for the full year 2014 amounted to 12.47 billion dollars, of which a profit of 701 million. In comparison with 2013. This large increase - by 58%. Generate income, mostly advertising on mobile devices - they are the source of 69% of company revenue. In 2015, additional profits are expected after the "Facebook at Work", that allows to separate the functions of a professional private profile.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Facebook is testing a new feature "Sell"

Have something to sell? Click the "Sell Something" and place your ad on Facebook.

The largest social networking site in the world has just introduced an additional feature - "Sell Something" or "Sell". For now, the tests are carried out on a small, selected group of users.

It is possible, however, that Facebook users will soon also in Poland, rather than post an ad on or, will be able to sell their unwanted items through the US social networking site.

As reported by Facebook, the issue of a product or service to sell is done only in the context of the so-called. groups, or private spaces where you can share specific audience information, photos, documents, and send them messages.

When you click "Sell Something" opens a special box where you can type the name of the item being sold, its description, specify price, post photos, as well as additional information on eg. The delivery options.

Facebook reserves at the same time, it is not a party to the transaction, and for the only responsible course of the seller and buyer.

Facebook already at the end of 2014. launched the option of shopping from the posts. When you click "Buy Now" customers will be automatically upgraded to the online shop of the seller. The button is visible on the site right next to the button "Like".

With the possibility of adding to their profiles facebookowych the "Shop Now" or "Buy now", the company will benefit first from the United States. In 2015, the function will be available for online retailers worldwide.

Among the social networks as the first opportunity to go shopping introduced Twitter. A new feature debuted in September 2014..

For now, purchases using the "Buy Now" can make are US Twitter users. Special buttons are placed at some of the entries. Twitter is currently working with retailers such as Burberry and Home Depot, and artists such as Wiz Khalifa, and Megadeth.

The new service shopping is very simple. Everything is done on Twitter without having to go to the manufacturer's website. Just that users click the "buy now", and then bring the delivery address and payment method. The order is automatically sent to the retailer who carries them out.

Facebook has somewhere in your face. Applications after identity theft prof. Eve Łętowska

Identity Theft website prof. Eve Łętowska shows that the law fails to protect the corporate clients living with personal data.
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Identity theft on the Internet affects politicians, artists, celebrities and journalists. Students create fake profiles of teachers. Disappointed lovers - fake profiles of people who have rejected them. Fake profile is ideal for stalking or harassment.

Prof. identity theft. Eve Łętowska, judge of the Constitutional Court and the rest of the first Ombudsman (we wrote about it in "Election" on January 7, 2015.), Is unique - lawyers who are public so far is hardly touched.

Prof. Łętowska succeeded in getting Facebook to shut down fake profiles that were found. But only by contacting a representative of Poland Jakub Facebook Turowski.

A mere mortal is doomed to fill out the form and send it in an anonymous space, which will get the answer - or not. Prof. Łętowska is rehearsed and got the answer that identity theft is not contrary to the principles of privacy on Facebook.

A few months struggled to remove his false account TVN journalist Andrzej Morozowski. Filled out the form, to be credible, even sent - as told Facebook - scan your ID card. Did not get a response. Helped only contact with Jacob Turowski.

I could not get from Turowski answers to questions such as Facebook examine the report of identity theft, how to verify the accuracy of both the owner of the account, as well as a violation of the applicant. PR firm submitted the case, and this sent me a link to the application form of the infringement on Facebook.

Thomas Relewicz with this company, pressed, said that this method of verification of complaints secrecy. Only betrayed that Facebook founder contacts the account. When asked where he comes from an answer with links to forms, which sent me, he said that from "a spokesman for the region". Refused to reveal his name. Then he said that he called "Facebook spokeperson." And so I do not know whether this is a real person.

Who investigates complaints? It turns out that not a specific person, but "community operation", ie the teams across the world. Relewicz assured that there are "people connected contextually with the culture and language of the country of origin of the complaint", so they are able to verify the authenticity of the account. The methods covered by the company's secret. Denied that searched for this purpose, the computer of the person who set up an account, and the one who reports a violation.

So - despite its name - Facebook does not have a face. Contact with him is a game whose rules known only to one side. A front is not a particular employee is responsible for resolution of a complaint, but an anonymous entity called "community operation", which does not like to complain.

In addition, his response to disappear by themselves account for which they were sent, and so if you can not protect them, for example. Screenshot - you can not even prove what and when "community" answered.

- The ratio of large corporations living with personal data of customers is a relationship of power. A level of opacity of these firms exceeded all limits - says Katarzyna Szymielewicz, president of the foundation Panoptykon.

Facebook, Google, Yahoo! and others are American companies and complying with the European rules when they have an interest. Last year's judgment of the Court of Justice of the EU on the Google Spain (for erasure challenged by the person concerned) provides that if the company provides services targeted to EU residents, it must comply with the law.

This theoretically means that in Poland the person to whom a false Facebook profile does not remove, can this request on the basis of the Law on electronic services. There is a principle of "reported - removed". And if the administrator does not "take off" controversial content, it can sue. In the case of a false profile - for infringement of personal rights. Personal good in this case would be the identity.

But if the Polish court finds that the judgment in Google Spain applies to Facebook? Facebook can claim that the application must be submitted to him in the country in which it is registered with the European representation, so in Ireland. Experience Max Schrems, an Austrian who sent to Ireland a few dozen complaints about Facebook, it does not encourage: Irish Data Protection Supervisor and the applied method of blurring przeczekiwania. Perhaps because Ireland is dependent on taxes from Facebook and similar companies, thus creating favorable conditions for their business, like Luxembourg, where the headquarters of Google. Now Schrems collects thousands of European (Polish) Facebook client application for a class action lawsuit, which lodges in the Austrian court.

They will complain of a breach of personal data. Because if they complained about the violation of the rights of the consumer, Facebook would point them to the court in California. According to the agreement concluded with Facebook only the court can judge its disputes with customers. And who has thousands of dollars to invest in such a process?

You could also sue for infringement of the perpetrator of the theft of personal identity. But you have to have his name and address. Only Facebook has an internet address, which was established profile, and knows the IP of the computer. On this basis, the police could determine the person. But web identity theft is not a separate offense.

According to Milena Bogdanovich, legal counselor, which represents prof. Łętowska, this can be considered a crime of stalking, harassment or persistent, impersonate another person, "using her image or other personal information in order to cause the damage to property or personal" (art. 190a para. 2 of the Penal Code).

But if a false profile is an action "persistent"? I like to prove action "to cause harm", if there is a false profile derogatory content?

Facebook client situation and other American giants can be improved, if the EU adopts prepared for several years Regulation on the protection of personal data. The draft stipulates that all companies operating in the Union are subject to the law, a complaint of a breach of personal data will be considered in the country of origin of the applicant is a person.

Today, even if you manage to win a European trial for violation of data protection, it's still no guarantee that an American company with the judgment surrenders. It depends on the good will.

When it comes to Polish law, is, according to Wojciech Wiewiórowski, a former Polish Chief Inspector for Personal Data Protection, and currently the Deputy Inspector General of the European, should think about the establishment of the crime of identity theft on the Internet. Without the requirement to make it "in order to" harm. - This phenomenon has become a social problem, and is, in my opinion, socially harmful - says Wiewiórowski.

Catherine Szymielewicz wants to increase the accountability of companies. You need its opinion to the Law on electronic services introduced provisions clarifying the obligations of the operator, which reported a violation, for example. Identity theft.

- This should be a fast path: the company shall notify the person who set up the questionable profile, calling on it to prove that it is false. If you do not hear from - the company liquidates profile. If you hear from her, but the company will not consider the case to be obvious - the applicant provides data that person - and let him think. Proposals for such changes have been prepared, but stalled in the Ministry of Administration and Digitization - says Szymielewicz.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Facebook buys glasses transferring to a virtual reality. For two billion U.S. dollars

$ 2 billion for Facebook bought the company Oculus VR, which deals with the creation of virtual reality techniques. But mostly is known for special glasses Oculus Rift, which can be used in simulation games.

Facebook has announced that the $ 2 billion bought Oculus VR . Californian company specializes in products for creating virtual reality . Its flagship products are the glasses Oculus Rift , which are a set of simulated digital reality video game . Mark Zuckerberg , head of Facebook , said that the technology Oculus " can change the way we work , play and communicate ." Glasses Rift not yet hit the market, but even before the premiere commissioned by over 75 thousand . people.

Platform of Tomorrow

Head of Facebook announced that it plans to expand the technology Oculus , and then used in systems designed for communication, entertainment and education.

- Mobile phones are a communication platform today , and we are preparing to create platforms of tomorrow - Zuckerberg said , commenting on the latest purchase . The creator of the popular social networking site added that Oculus has a chance to become the "most social networking platform in history and can change how we communicate now ."

Interestingly , in December last year, Oculus VR obtained from Andreessen Horowitz fund $ 75 million grant for the placing on the market of virtual glasses. The product has also be developed so that it can be used in education, films , and architectural design . For now, Oculus Rift glasses are directed primarily to the players. They allow the user to literally " feel " as if it was inside the virtual world of the computer game. However, they can be easily adapted to control e.g., military drones . And now use them in training NASA astronauts who with the help of exercise equipment on the surface of the digital preservation of Mars.

The equipment weighs about 400 grams. By imposing such glasses can move and look around in real time in the digital world. The technology allows freedom of movement in virtual reality , because the image is adjusted to the human eye, presented in 3D space reacts and changes with each movement , creating a sensation of natural , such as walking or swimming . The device can be purchased through the official website of the manufacturer for $ 350 apiece.
large purchases

Last month, Facebook gave 19 billion dollars to buy WhatsApp . This application for mobile devices , which easily allows you to send short messages , photos and videos . You can download it for free. Free is also the first year of use. Later, the use of the applications you have to pay 99 cents for each 12 months. What is important in the application does not have ads. Currently, the application has 450 million monthly active users and 320 million per day .

Why Facebook is addictive? Because he knows how to teach us

Facebook is increasing in strength - not only in terms of number of users, but also their activity on the site. How is it possible that Facebook makes us more and more? The answer is simple: he knows what we like and understand us more and more.

Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday that 63 percent that day . of 1.28 billion users logged into Facebook , and the percentage of users who log on at least six days a week exceeded 50 percent .
Facebook has launched a news channel ( news feed ) in 2006 , but the " I Like it " was introduced only a year later. From that moment the service knows what is really like and what we are interested .

Since then, the news channel has changed with with a simple chronological list , the mechanism " able to study us."

Therefore, posts on our " Wallu " are ranked according to what is most likely to be interesting for us . The purpose of this was to ensure that such views baby pictures of our friend will take precedence before knowing the result of the game " Mafia Wars " achieved by another of our friends .

This mechanism , however, was far from perfect. Funny meme collected thousands of high-speed " lajków " when a reliable analysis of military conflict was punished by the algorithms Facebook, because you do not obtain the approval of members .

junk posts
This meant that " walle " were filled with " junk information", where users truly hated . These posts were " clickable " headlines for gain as much polubień and " clicks " . And these lead to pages filled with spam and ads.

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In the absence of the " I do not like this " algorithms Facebook, had no way of knowing which posts the users are not interested . Finally , a year ago, Facebook has admitted it had a problem with the quality of the content . Service began collecting new data to generate insights that old data - liking of , make comments - could not do .
By Facebookowi in the conversion algorithms are currently three data sources : surveys , A / B testing and research on the time the user spends away from Facebook when you click on the post and what he was doing when he returns .

thousand version
Facebook testing variations of their algorithms by showing him a small number of users . As it turns out , may be even a thousand different versions of the site for different groups . Facebook collects data from them to see which generate positive change , and that negative reactions.

Every time you log in to Facebook, sites algorithms must choose which of the average of 1,500 posts to put on top of our news channel .

Some speculate that the changes were developed specifically for the degradation of some sites and at the same time to raise the ranking of others. - Facebook determines the quality of content is not the objective ranking system , but according to users' tastes - emphasizes Will Cathcart , who in the company of Menlo PArk oversees product management teams .

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Facebook tired of the British and the Americans?

Only in the last month has lost millions of Facebook users in the U.S. and other developed markets. Well suited for the countries of South America.

The company Socialbakers analyzed the results of Facebook. It turned out that Facebook is doing worse in the U.S. and the UK. In the U.S., over the last six months logged on to almost 9 million users less than in the previous six months, in the UK - about 2 million. Especially bad for the portal is the last month - the U.S. decline was 6 million members (4 per cent. Less), the UK - 1.4 million (4.5 percent)..

Not everywhere, however, recorded a loss of interest in Facebook. Total monthly logins continues to grow in South America (Brazil about 6 percent.), India (4 percent.).

Facebook and Marketplace, a year later, it's time to take stock

18 May 2012 Facebook went public with a set price per share at $ 38. Today, after years stay in the global financial markets, social equity giant faces worse than the day of the premiere, but recent records are not the lowest in the short trading history of facebook.
Stock market debut of Facebook, when you set the entry price per share was $ 38 did not bring about a revolution, as predicted by most analysts, the market price of the shares during the session only slightly exceeded the $ 40, and finally at the end of the IPO remain higher than the opening price by a few cents.
The next day the crew had much to disappoint Zuckerberg, in a relatively short period of time a single company's stock price soared down to the level of $ 17.55, but it was the moment when the giant bounced off the bottom and began an arduous march upward.DoubleDown Casina Hack

To this day, Facebook did not recover the value that was calculated on an IPO. Closing of the first year as a public company appointed at the level of the share price of 26.25 USD. This means that 30.9 percent decrease compared to the input value of 18 May 2012. Down 30.9 percent per year may seem a significant loss, but remember that the stock market has a much higher risk and higher volatility than the bond market and other banking products and financial services. In turn, those who have purchased shares in social networking giant at a time when they were on the "hole" in less than a year, gained almost 50%. Hack

In the last quarter of Facebook had revenues higher than expected by market analysts, to € 1.46 billion. Today's valuation of Facebook closes in the amount of 63.47 billion dollars. This huge money, but a year ago, on the first day, the company was valued at $ 104 billion. However, despite the initial revaluation, most analysts are agreed on the fact that devaluation is not a de facto loss, but the actual rate card adjustments social networking giant's market power. During the stay in the public market, Facebook has changed, it has become a company with lots of cash, profits steadily increasing revenues, working with manufacturers in the telecommunications industry, while continually expanding its core business is still adding new features. Those who hoped that Facebook is a bubble that will burst soon, slightly miscalculated.

HTC First spectacular failure tandem Facebook - HTC

Facebook a long time preparing for the launch of its smartphone, hoping that users of the portal will run to the stores and will start to buy in bulk quantities. Unfortunately, it miscalculated.

HTC First, also called Facebookofonem, the first official phone dedicated Facebookowi, whose sales in the United States deals with operator AT & T. Initially the phone with the contract cost $ 99, but the lack of interest from consumers prompted the operator to introduce a drastic reduction in the price and that's after only a month. Currently HTC First you can buy for less than a burger, or $ 0.99.

Worse reduction did not help at all, because according to media reports, has sold just 15,000 units, so AT & T has decided to opt out of further sales of this model and confirmed that the items that no one bought, will be returned to the manufacturer.

HTC First was to be hit, and was a spectacular failure, and its sales were even worse than the failed model of HTC Chacha launched in 2011. For Facebook this news is a serious blow, especially since the recently released Facebook application Home, also not is of particular interest. The Sims Social Hack 2013

Facebook is no longer cool? Too much on the parents and the plain of Contents

Do you have Facebook? Sure you have. The highest percentage of users are still teenagers who more often treat Facebook as ... chore rather than fun. This conclusion of the report, which examined the approach of American youth to the service brand Zukcerberga.

The report produced by the think tank Pew Research Center shows the results obtained after examining in September 2012 with 802 Americans from 12 to 17 years. The authors found that adolescents often continue to use Facebook, but changes her attitude at the same time to the portal.

A few years ago it was considered fairly common among teenagers fascinating place to establish or strengthen relationships. Now more and more young people consider activity on Facebook only for my duty. It irritates them include "Control" site for parents and saturation of its pages with unnecessary information. As a result, they do not receive interesting content, and we must be careful not to publish comments inconvenient for them.

At the same time expanding the group of young users of other social networking sites. Although current statistics are not bad for Facebook (in 2012 was used by 94 percent of surveyed teens who have used such services, in 2011 - 93 percent), the attention is quickly growing interest in Twitter and Instagramem.

In 2011, "ćwierkało" only 12 percent of concerned American youth social networks. A year later, this figure had grown to 26 percent. With Instagramu benefited in the past year and 11 percent of young Americans. 12 months earlier photographic community service was not even classified in the statement.

Facebook authorities do not believe that the problem raised by the report was serious. At a recent meeting with investors argued that teenagers are still willing to engage in a life of service. Some stakeholders are concerned, however, that Facebook is slowly starting to lose young users.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Facebook buys "vase" for a billion dollars?

The most popular social networking site is trying to broaden its range of new functionality. I recently took a huge amount so Instagram, and now a one billion U.S. dollars is going to buy Israeli company Waze.

Waze is specialized in the production of social maps, which selects the most interesting places to visit. Its products each year are becoming increasingly popular. Back in July 2012 were about 20 million users, but now their number is estimated at about 47 million, with approximately 30 percent of the Americans, and the rest are residents of other countries.

Purchase Waze would be very expensive, because according to the sources (each tells a different amount, and the lack of official data), Facebook would have to pay for the new purchase of 800 million to as much as $ 1 billion. However, negotiations on the acquisition of Waze, has reportedly started six months ago.

The new company can help Facebookowi spread its wings in the mobile sector, which currently has 751 million users per month, and this number is growing by tens of percent a year.

Facebook is not the only company interested in acquiring Waze. Recently it was said that it is interested in buying Apple, but nothing came of it. It is very strange that Waze is the author of a significant part of the technology behind Apple Maps, and so purchase the company would be a logical step.