Tag Archive: Facebook

Facebook’s Mobile Problem Isn’t Ads — It’s The Product

Feb. 6, ‘12: In a well-circulated New York Times article, Jenna Wortham notes that Facebook doesn’t make any money from mobile. Despite a ton of mobile users — about half of its 845 million monthly users — it’s going to be a significant challenge for … Continue reading →

Facebook’s Payments Business Is Already 15% The Size Of PayPal — Sort Of

Feb. 4, ‘12: Facebook’s IPO filing this week revealed that its payments business is growing at a healthy clip, and represented 15% of Facebook’s revenue last year. (Up to 17% of its sales during the fourth quarter.) How does it compare to eBay’s … Continue reading →

The ‘Eggs In One Basket’ Index

Feb. 3, ‘12: Earlier, I noted how Facebook’s advertising business generated 85% of its revenue last year, down from 95% in 2010, as its payments business is helping it diversify away from ads. Then I saw this post by Ed Bott, comparing Microsoft, … Continue reading →

‘It’s people! Facebook, is made out of people!’

Feb. 3, ‘12: Nice article by Farhad Manjoo at Slate identifying, on a high level, Facebook’s unique challenge: Even though Facebook is named after a real-world object, the site has no analogue in the offline world—before social networks, the idea of a worldwide … Continue reading →

How Does Facebook Make Money?

Feb. 3, ‘12: Facebook’s IPO filing this week confirmed what we already knew: Facebook makes the vast majority of its money by selling ads on its site. But now we know just how much of its revenue comes from advertising: 85% in 2011, … Continue reading →

Facebook IPO chart porn

Feb. 3, ‘12: There’s lots of interesting data in Facebook’s IPO filing, and I’ve highlighted and visualized some of it for ReadWriteWeb. Did you know, for instance, that 57% of Facebook’s monthly users worldwide visit on an average day? (But that it’s more … Continue reading →

Tracking the Facebook IPO coverage

Feb. 1, ‘12: Facebook filed for an IPO today; here’s a link to the SEC filing. The best place to follow what’s in it — both the important and the trivial — actually seems to be a well-curated Twitter timeline. I don’t think … Continue reading →

Why Vevo won’t ditch YouTube for Facebook

Jan. 20, ‘12: Vevo, the music video website owned by a few record labels (in partnership with YouTube/Google), has met with Facebook about the potential of switching away from YouTube as its video host, according to CNET’s Greg Sandoval. It makes sense for … Continue reading →

Tech’s doomsday plots: How Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Facebook could stumble

Jan. 12, ‘12: At ReadWriteWeb, I lay out the biggest risks for tech’s most important companies. Not necessarily the ones that get the most attention, but the ones that actually matter. (Although, coincidentally, Google’s potentially monopolistic activities have been getting a lot of … Continue reading →

Facebook hires a mobile design team in Gowalla

Dec. 2, ‘11: Facebook has hired several Gowalla employees, and its team will reportedly work on Facebook’s Timeline feature. Perhaps that’s the case, but Gowalla is best known as being a talented mobile app design team, and Facebook needs help there. So I wouldn’t … Continue reading →