BANGALORE: The chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, said, “No other country has the potential that India has”, also added that in India there are more than 100 million users and 1.2 billion users worldwide and she wants to ensure that access to Internet in India is faster, better and cheaper, reports Business Insider. “India is Facebook’s second largest market, fastest growing market, and fastest growing Internet connectivity in APAC. It is of high priority for us,” Sandberg said.
SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc wants its users in India to hang up on advertisers. The Internet social networking company is testing a new type of ad in the country that allows mobile phone users to click a button that calls a brand advertiser, immediately hangs up and then receives a return call. The return call delivers pre-recorded audio messages about everything from sponsored cricket scores to information about shopping discounts, minimising data charges for the user. The so-called “missed call” ad was specially created by Facebook to appeal to users in the world’s second-most populous country, and potentially in other emerging markets.
Facebook just saw its active user base in Indonesia rise to 69 million, according to a statement from Facebook’s Indonesia head, Anand Tilak. Two quarters back, the company reported 65 million active monthly users in the country pointing to a 6-percent increase. Indonesia is actually one of Facebook’s largest markets, despite the fact that Internet access isn’t always available and just 23-percent of the Southeast Asian country’s 240 million people have smartphones, according to Nielsen.
Half of Myanmar’s mobile internet users came online during the past 12 months, according to a major survey in the newly emerging nation. 49 percent of all the country’s web users only access the web on their phones. That means the people of Myanmar are skipping the era of PCs entirely. They’re also sidestepping basic ‘feature phones’ and are instead leaping straight into Android smartphones. The survey from On Device Research, which questioned people and also monitored the device they’re using, found that China’s Huawei is the number one phone brand in Myanmar with 71 percent of respondents using an Android-powered Huawei smartphone.
Facebook’s website and app were both unavailable for 31 minutes on Thursday evening from approximately 6:00pm AEST, making it the site’s longest outage in four years, according to the Guardian. The social network has not yet revealed what led to the downtime, prompting wild theories about its cause – including speculation that it may have been hit by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.
Remember the panic in Thailand on the afternoon of May 28 when Facebook was inaccessible for most people in the country? It came less than a week after the military coup that ousted the Prime Minister, and it left many Thai netizens concerned that Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) could be blocked for the duration of the coup.
This was listed as the most common reason for turning friends into former friends, with 60 per cent of respondents saying they have done this to someone due to the constant annoyance of their meaningless posts. The survey done in April of 1,000 respondents also said 54 per cent “unfriended” people because of negative status updates. Other common reasons for jettisoning friends were too many unrelated tags (50 per cent), boastful updates, and game requests (both 49 per cent).
Back in March, Thailand had roughly 24 million Facebook users and 1.5 million Instagram users. Twitter saw 35 percent user growth and 45 percent more use per user in 2013 compared to 2012 in Thailand. The number has grown significantly since then. Earlier this week at the Thailand Zocial Awards in Bangkok, some interesting numbers were presented. Zocial Inc, the company behind ZocialRank, which monitors social media trends in the country, hosted the event.
A report by Epinion on the number of Facebook users in Vietnam includes results of a survey that the agency conducted last month based on online interviews with over 1,000 Vietnamese people aged over 18. The report indicates 97% of respondents have Facebook accounts to contact their friends and relatives, share experiences and market products and services.
China’s Communist authorities ban their own people from accessing major global social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. But when it comes to self-promotion they are increasingly keen users themselves. The official news agency Xinhua, the Communist Party’s official mouthpiece the People’s Daily, and state broadcaster CCTV all have Twitter accounts, as do a host of city and provincial authorities. When the city of Hangzhou, renowned for its lakes and canals, looked to raise its international profile it turned to Facebook, the world’s most-popular social network.
Chinese authorities blocked access to Facebook in July 2009, but despite remaining behind the Great Firewall ever since, the world’s biggest social network has still managed to infiltrate China’s businesses and web infrastructure. Yesterday, Bloomberg reported Facebook is “taking steps” to open a sales office in China, according to people familiar with the matter.
Although social media like Facebook and Twitter are growing in Vietnam in a way they’re not in neighboring China, it’s worth noting that the two are not doing equally well in Vietnam: Facebook is loved in Vietnam while Twitter is ignored. Why is that? Let’s look at some numbers. Facebook in Vietnam has been adding about one million new users per month. This month last year, Facebook had 12 million users in Vietnam. In January, that number hit 22 million. If the growth has remained stable, it could be around 24 million today. That makes Vietnam one of Facebook’s fastest growing countries.
Last August we noted that Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) had 82 million active users in India. But now the social network has hit an important milestone, surpassing 100 million monthly active users in the country. Javier Olivan, Facebook’s vice-president of growth and analytics, told India’s Economic Times that the landmark number was reached on March 31st. 84 percent of those 100 million Facebook users in India access it via mobile. India is set to hit a quarter of a billion web users sometime this year.
The Jakarta Post reports today that Facebook has officially opened its office in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta. This has been a heavily anticipated move by all parties since Indonesia was the only top five userbase country not to have a Facebook office.
The internet was abuzz with major acquisitions in recent weeks ranging from Viber’s acquisition by Rakuten to the WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook. In particular there has been significant commentary on how the WhatsApp acquisition may create growth for Facebook. From TNS’ point of view – we know growth comes in different flavors. Take new user acquisition for example: it makes a whole lot of sense for Facebook if WhatsApp users belong to a younger generation, as this segment typically represents active and engaged social media users.Using data from TNS Mobile Life 2013, we will explore three dimensions of acquired growth for WhatsApp and Facebook under this new relationship.
TAIPEI, TAIWAN — (Marketwired) — 03/04/14 — ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute), Taiwan’s largest and one of the world’s leading high-tech R&D institutions, and the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation, celebrated the opening of the ITRI OCP Global Certification Testing Center at the OCP Taiwan Forum on March 4th. The new center will provide global validation service in support of OCP Foundation’s vision for open sourced hardware.
The GSMA and Facebook, through its Internet.org partnership, today announced a joint initiative designed to connect the billions of men and women globally that currently have no access to Internet-based communications services. The joint initiative will focus on reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of mobile, given that mobile will be the enabling technology for the vast majority of people in developing markets.
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stated that the number of people in the Philippines using mobile web connections has doubled since Facebook’s partnership with local telco Globe Telecom started. Last October, Globe started giving subscribers free access to Facebook through their mobile phones. This was a partnership the telco and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) inked as part of Zuckerberg’s Internet.org initiative to get more people connected to the Internet.
With help from KT Corp, Korea’s biggest fixed-line operator, Japanese telecom giant SoftBank established an internet data center in Namhae, a city located in the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, in 2012, KT said. SoftBank could not be reached for comment. Facebook, the world’s most popular social network, is also said to be considering building a data center in Korea. This was made known when its Vice President Tom Furlong in-charge of data center operations, met Korean technology officials in December.