Posts Tagged Facebook

WTF!!! Instagram Bought by Facebook for $ 1 Billion

Only in the crazy world of technology can a startup like Facebook acquire an infant startup like Instagram for an astounding figure of $1 billion. The even more curious point in this curious purchase is the fact that Instagram hasn’t made a single penny till now.

So has Facebook made an expensive mistake? What are its plans for Instagram?

Everyone knows that if there is any company has challenged mighty Google, it’s Facebook. With just one product it has managed to keep millions of its users loyal. Google tried with its all its might to make a dent on Facebook’s social media domination but so far Google + has been at best a mediocre success with now chances of overtaking Facebook anytime soon.

The tech world is agog with rumors that Facebook will be coming up with a much improved search engine which can have the potential to rival Google search engine usage. With such a search engine, Facebook will be able to provide an efficient ecosystem with this Facebook universe where its users can make a better use of Facebook’s vast social data.

With Instagram’s acquisition, Facebook will be adding another arrow in its quiver. In must be hoping that with this popular photo sharing app, Facebook users will be able to seamlessly share photos on their mobile. This will help it retain its loyal users.

But the moot point remains if this is a good purchase. One is sure that we will see results very in the fast moving world of social media.

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Google+ searchers younger & richer than Facebook searchers

ComScore’s recent study has shown some interesting facts regarding demography of Google + and Facebook searchers.

Facebook had a larger percentage of searchers over the age of 35 than Google+ which had a lower age profile. 34.2% of searchers looking for Google+ were under the age of 35 y and only 24% of Facebook searchers were under 35.

Google+ searchers younger & richer than Facebook searchers

Google+ searchers younger & richer than Facebook searchers

That’s not all. Google+ searchers also had higher incomes. Facebook had 22.8% of searchers with an income of above $100,000 a year, while Google+ had a 32.1% makeup.

Here is the link to ComScores’s report

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Google introduces real time search results

Google has introduced some exciting features to its search engine. To keep pace with websites like twitter and facebook that are updated with tweets and posts every second.

This service will be introduced gradually to all Google users and over the next week or so, everyone will be able to see updates posted just  seconds ago, in Google Search result pages. Apart from tweets and status updates, items like blog posts and news articles. Earlier, Google had an  option where news and articles from only “a few minutes” ago appeared in search results by default. But the new feature will be similar to Twitter’s existing search feature but on a larger and broader scale. Both, the Internet sensation Twitter and social networking giant Facebook, have confirmed that they have inked a deal with Google for real time results. Earlier, Twitter had made a separate deal with Microsoft to make live updates available in it’s new Bing search engine.

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