During its fourth-quarter earnings conference call yesterday, the social network's Mark Zuckerberg discussed Facebook's mobile future, and it looks to be one peppered with standalone mobile apps that provide a decidedly non-Facebook experience. The move will give the company's troves of users -- and even those who shy away from the network -- more incentive to use one or more of its apps.
Facebook saw a dramatic increase in revenue for Q4 2013, the social network has announced, up 63-percent year on year with a significant percentage in mobile users noted. Total revenue for the quarter was $2.59bn, Facebook said, while net income amounted to $523m; of the $2.34bn sales from advertising, over half came from the site's mobile users.
Following an announcement earlier today that it has partnered with both Dataminr and CNN, Twitter sent out a tweet revealing a work-in-progress on new search filters. Once available, users will be able to filter their searches using multiple parameters, such as people and news, to get the best results.
Fans of the West Wing - and of getting greater insight into how the US government ticks - will be excited to hear that today is Big Block of Cheese Day, with the Obama Administration throwing open the virtual doors and answering public questions across social networks. Named after the fictitious day when West Wing's President Bartlet and staff took questions from special interest groups, however wacky, according to The White House the real thing will be playing out today across Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, and Instagram.
Google has added a new category view to Google+, effectively turning the contentious service into a socially-curated news reader to take on Flipboard, Pulse, and others. Dubbed Google+ Explore, and initially available both on the desktop and in the Android app, the new view combines shared posts and content, communities related to particular topics, and popular "What's Hot" stories that have been highlighted by other Google+ users.
It seems only yesterday Vine took off in a Twitter-fueled spat of popularity, rising through the ranks to become the stomping grounds for all those who want more than GIFs but less than full-blown videos. Alas, a year has passed, and today is the looping-video service's birthday. To celebrate, users are encouraged to share their favorite Vines with the #VineBirthday hashtag, as well as checking out the company's all-time favorites.
If Tumblr isn't satiating your GIF needs, Pinterest might become your new favorite stomping ground -- the company has announced on its blog new support for GIFs, adding an element of easy-to-browse animations to the picture-pinning social network. To get people in the mood, it also collected together some of its favorites for all to enjoy.
Following the inclusion of hashtags, Facebook began testing a Trending box during the late summer last year, showing popular topics in the upper corner of one's account much in the same way the aforementioned microblogging site does. Fast-forward a handful of months, and Facebook has now begun rolling the new feature out in certain (yet unspecified) countries, while mobile users will have to keep waiting as testing is still underway.