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Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg continued his quest to connect the rest of the world to the Web, announcing at an Internet.org event in Bogotá, Colombia, that the Internet.org application is now available to Tigo customers in Colombia. The app is also available in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. Bloomberg As part of a trip, Zuckerberg held his first international question-and-answer session Wednesday at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Audience members asked him questions ranging from whether Facebook, the world’s largest social network, disconnects users from reality, to what trends will shape the company in the next 10 years. NBC News One person asked Zuckerberg why Facebook operates in countries where the government censors online speech or otherwise restricts its populace. “I can’t think of many examples in history where a company not operating in a country in protest of a law like that has changed the law,” he answered. “However, there are a lot of examples I can think of where a technology operating in a place, whether it’s telephones or the internet, offers a lot of opportunity to the people in that place.” The New York Times He was asked about his recent Facebook post about the Paris terrorist attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in which he urged people to reject “a group of extremists trying to silence the voices and opinions of everyone else around the world.” Zuckerberg said all terrorist attacks are “horrible” but added that he chose to address the Paris attack in particular because it was an attack on freedom of expression and on people’s ability to speak out. Re/code Given that Zuckerberg leads a publicly traded company that reports to shareholders each month, you could understand why people assume (hope?) that Facebook’s decisions are driven by the bottom line. Apparently, that’s not always the case.
LinkedIn is Working on Two New Products to Help Coworkers Connect (Mashable)
LinkedIn is most known as a place to network or look for a new job, but now the career-oriented social network is working on some new tools to help users connect with their current coworkers. A source from LinkedIn told Mashable that the company is developing two products that can bring employers, employees and colleagues closer together.
Facebook Launches Facebook At Work … but You Probably Won’t Be Able to Try it Yet (The Next Web)
Opening up your social media accounts at work is generally taboo, but Facebook is now fighting against that notion. The company is launching a new product dubbed Facebook at Work, reports TechCrunch, which would allow businesses to create their own self-contained social network among their employees.
Sad But True: People Are Actually Going On MySpace In Search Of #TBT Pics (The Huffington Post)
MySpace is back! Kind of. People are returning to the social media site of yesteryear so they can dig up old photos for their new favorite social media sites: Instagram and Facebook.
Google Aims to Be Your Universal Translator (CNET)
Rolling out over the next few days for iOS and Android users, the latest version of Google Translate offers two key features — the ability to instantly converse with someone speaking in a different language and the capability to translate street signs and other images into your native language. Both features have been available in the Android app to some extent.
eMarketer: YouTube Should Watch its Back (SocialTimes)
YouTube is still far and away the leader in terms of online video viewing and digital video advertising, but Facebook is hot on its heels, and Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Snapchat are poised to rattle the landscape, as well, according to a new report from research firm eMarketer. eMarketer estimated that U.S. digital video advertising will total $7.77 billion in 2015, up 30.4 percent from 2014, with 20 percent of those dollars going to YouTube, and the researcher also cited a report by Cisco Systems last June, which projected that video would account for 80 percent to 90 percent of global consumer Internet traffic by 2018.
Prince William and Kate join Twitter, Instagram (CBS News)
Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, as well as Prince Harry, have all joined Twitter and Instagram via official accounts for Kensington Palace. The British Monarchy’s Twitter page gave a formal introduction to @KensingtonRoyal on Wednesday.
Study: Social Media Use Decreasing on Smart TVs (Adweek)
Philips uWand has released a report on smart TVs this morning that shows some counterintuitive trends. While ownership of smart TVs is on the rise since 2012, the study finds that uses like video clip viewing, gaming, and Internet browsing is decreasing.
Social Media Lessons From My 99-Year-Old Great Grandma (The Huffington Post)
Anyone who has made it to 99 years old is worth listening to, and I recently realized I am using a lot of what I picked up from Nonie not only in my daily life, but also in my social media strategy.