facebook – Internetblog.org.uk https://www.internetblog.org.uk Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://www.internetblog.org.uk/files/2016/01/cropped-favico-32x32.png facebook – Internetblog.org.uk https://www.internetblog.org.uk 32 32 Facebook: a success after another https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1916/facebook-success/ https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1916/facebook-success/#respond Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:04:15 +0000 https://www.internetblog.org.uk/?p=1916 facebook success
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and his great visionary ability we have spoken several times, keeping track of innovations and of the manyfeatures that were made almost every month from the most popular Social Network in the world.

The one where
we never thought enough was a general picture of those who over the past year in particular were the successes and achievements.
In fact, the results have been published in the last quarter of 2015, with many data points.

Revenues are equal to about 5.8 billion dollars, compared with 3.9 billion last year.

Revenues are equal to 44% more than in 2014 and staying at the data at least once a day 1.04 billion people used Facebook for different reasons.
The increase is undoubtedly due to the publicity that has long allowed Facebook new revenue but alsothe ability to install new applications.
To simplify we list updates published by the Community that revolves aroundFacebook, already taken from an article that appeared today on the Post and here the data to Yahoo Finance.
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Facebooks hits 500 million users https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1563/facebooks-hits-500-million-users/ Thu, 22 Jul 2010 18:49:01 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1563/facebooks-hits-500-million-users/ According to PC World, social networking site Facebook now has half a billion users. To put in perspective, only China and India have more people than Facebook has users.

Statistics posted by the news site reveal that 35.4% of North Americans and 17% of Europeans log onto Facebook every month. In Oceania, this figure is a whopping 40.3%. Dividing the company’s estimated net value of $25 billion by its user base reveals that each account holder adds roughly $50 USD of value to the site.

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Pakistan Facebook ban lifted https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1379/pakistan-facebook-ban-lifted/ Fri, 04 Jun 2010 09:00:38 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1379/pakistan-facebook-ban-lifted/ FacebookLogo01 After protests over images of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad were posted on a Facebook page, the Pakistani government had banned access to the social networking site. The ban has since been lifted on the material, deemed offensive to Muslims, having been removed. The incident sparks questions, though, over just how the Westernised internet intends to manage its interaction with non-Western users and pages.

Yesterday, we reported that the UAE has a new IDN in .emarat, which is a wonderful thing for non-Latin script users of the internet. However, relations between Westernised usage of the internet and that of emerging non-Western usage are still fraught over issues such as content management, security and censorship.

We previously reported on how IDNs could contribute to weaknesses in internet security, and how IDNs could also serve censorship, in the form of Russian concerns over Cyrillic scripted websites and information filtering.

The Facebook vs Pakistan is a less technical, but interesting example, of how internet access and content often promotes the shortcomings of the internet in dealing with cultural differences; and the difficulties for governments in balancing freedom of internet use and their own agendas. For more on the decision to ban Facebook in Pakistan, see Miranda Husain’s Newsweek article.

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Facebook social networking king according to Google https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1372/facebook-social-networking-king-according-to-google/ Wed, 02 Jun 2010 08:00:23 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1372/facebook-social-networking-king-according-to-google/ Facebook users Google statistics

Figures recently released indicate that Facebook is the number one social networking site in the world, outstripping competitors and flying in the face of privacy concerns surrounding the social networking phenomenon. According to Google figures, Facebook now enjoys visits from more than 35 percent of the internet population, amounting to about 540 million people each month.

Incredibly, 570 billion pages a month are viewed on Facebook.com, which is more than eight times the page views of Yahoo.com, in second place on the social networking ladder. The figures are contrary to concern from many quarters about privacy on Facebook and even more overt attempts to get the site to implement tighter privacy controls.

Facebook maintains it’s revamping many of its privacy settings to limit third party access and the information that can be viewed by everyone, it continues to come under pressure to adopt opt-in models of information sharing which it claims are contrary to the social networking philosophy.

Whatever developments Facebook undertakes in the future, it continues to be the world’s biggest social networking site and doesn’t look like declining. We can only imagine that the Quit Facebook Day protest of May 31st won’t even dent the usage statistics of that month.

Source | SFGate and MacWorld

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Facebook initiates dispute over Facebook.me https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1299/facebook-initiates-dispute-over-facebookme/ Tue, 11 May 2010 16:32:03 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1298/facebook-initiates-dispute-over-facebookme/ facebookFacebook has filed a dispute with the WIPO over the domain Facebook.me, which is currently owned by UAE citizen Amjad Abbas. This is just one of many ccTLDs the site has gone after lately.

Interestingly, the name’s current owner has it redirecting to Facebook.com. Why he would do is unclear to me. It just emphasizes the fact that he is infringing on the company’s trademark. Maybe Abbas thought Facebook wouldn’t pursue a case against him if he redirected the name to the social networking site?

Either way, the registrant will very likely lose this dispute.

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Managing Reseller Payments https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1267/managing-reseller-payments/ Mon, 03 May 2010 18:39:06 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1267/managing-reseller-payments/ Roll of money
One common mistake that web hosting resellers make is jumping into the hosting business without any solid plan for customer management. In an ideal world, customers always pay on time and upgrades always go according to plan. The fact is, however, both you and your customers will make mistakes. The important thing to do is to have systems in place to remedy any problematic situations.

There are many customer management tools on the market, but not all of them are catered to web hosting. In particular, the best way to make sure payments are received on time is to have some type of recurring billing setup. Hosting is usually relatively inexpensive, and most customers will not mind having a small amount deducted from their credit cards or PayPal accounts each month.

The other important aspect of customer management is communication. Keep in regular contact with your customers. Many conflicts that happen when dealing with people online are the result of misunderstandings. With email, social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook, and your website’s blog, you can stay in contact with your customers without being overly invasive. Welcome to the world of web hosting, and good luck.

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Create your own social networking site https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1229/create-your-own-social-networking-site/ Wed, 21 Apr 2010 13:51:26 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1229/create-your-own-social-networking-site/ random friends on social networks
If you hope to compete with Facebook, LinkedIn, or even MySpace, stop reading now. I am not promising anything like that, but in some cases, you might want to make a small social network for a particular student group, organization, niche market, city or town, or people with particular cultural interests.

There are two methods for developing a social networking site. One is to outsource it completely and use a hosted solution, such as Ning. With it, you can you can literally have your own site up in minutes, but you will not have your own domain name for it (only a subdomain) and will not have absolute power and control.

The second method involves either creating your own or using a script. There are paid solutions, such as SocialEngine ($250) or free and open source solutions, such as Elgg. Both use PHP are fully customizable to your specifications and can easily be integrated with your current site. Best of all, you will have your own domain and full control.

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Twitter the latest among big players to leave MySQL for Cassandra https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1047/twitter-the-latest-among-big-players-to-leave-mysql-for-cassandra/ Mon, 01 Mar 2010 21:30:21 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1047/twitter-the-latest-among-big-players-to-leave-mysql-for-cassandra/ Twitter home page
With a name that even sounds like the beautiful love interest of a secret affair, Cassandra appears to be positioning itself to steal the hearts of those once in love with MySQL. Twitter is now set to replace its MySQLdatabase system with the open source home wrecker.

Cassandra was originally developed by Facebook and was released to the public via Google’s code repository in 2008. In 2009, the Apache Foundation added it to its project, and in February of 2010, Apache made it a top-level project. It is designed to work with large amounts of data by spreading the data across multiple servers. Its notable feature is that it has no single point of failure.

Twitter joined a growing list of major companies that have adopted Cassandra. Among them are Digg, Cisco, IBM. Cassandra is free and open source software released under the Apache License 2 and is available for download from Apache.org.

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Facebook criticized for coal-powered data center https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1008/facebook-criticized-for-coal-powered-data-center/ Thu, 18 Feb 2010 01:00:30 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1008/facebook-criticized-for-coal-powered-data-center/ prineville oregon
Facebook’s new data center under construction in Prineville, Oregon, is as green as they get. Featuring eco-friendly evaporative cooling and re-use of server heat for offices during the winter, the facility meets the coveted LEED Gold standard for energy efficiency. Despite this, the facility has been on the receiving end of criticism from environmentalists as of late.

Why? As it turns out, the power going into the data center will come from coal instead of renewable energy. Facebook yesterday responded to this criticism, pointing out that it has no control over how the local utility company generates power. It also reminded the public that its data center is already very efficient as it is and that Oregon is committed to switching to alternate energy.

Personally, I have to side with Facebook on this one. It would be great if the center could use solar or wind energy, but that just isn’t cost effective at this point. The data center already complies with LEED Gold standards, anyway. Only a handful of data centers have this rating. Environmentalists, give Facebook a break and find another fish to fry.

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Facebook forgets to register FacebookZero.com https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1003/facebook-forgets-to-register-facebookzerocom/ Wed, 17 Feb 2010 15:08:44 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1003/facebook-forgets-to-register-facebookzerocom/ facebook logoSomeone at Facebook headquarters just said, “Uh oh.” The social media site announced a new feature this morning: Facebook Zero. Slated for launch in a few weeks, Zero is a text-only version of Facebook available for free on mobile phones. The problem? The company forgot to register FacebookZero.com.

After Facebook Zero was announced, a domainer in China picked up the name. Facebook had intended to use the URL zero.facebook.com for the service all along, but not having the domain is a huge disadvantage.

Luckily for Facebook, it can probably get the name back simply by filing a complaint with an arbitration panel. But it could have saved itself a lot of pain and agony by simply registering the name in the first place.

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