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America’s highest-net-worth individuals have once again been ranked by bank account in the latest Forbes 400 list, and along with the paucity of exceptionally wealthy women, one of the most startling revelations is the speed at which last year’s social media chiefs have slid down the totem pole.

Together, social media’s young masters lost US$ 11 billion in a single year, raising doubts about whether wealth generated in the hype-splashed sector has staying power.

The fortune of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg slipped the furthest. In just over three months after the social network’s widely publicized IPO “pop” in May, the company’s market value has dropped by over $50 billion dollars. Its 28-year-old founder’s net worth has dwindled by $8.1 billion to hit $9.4 billion, and his Forbes placement has fallen from 14th to 36th. In his new status, Zuckerberg is tied with another man who had a rough summer in the headlines: 81-year old Rupert Murdoch.

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Emma Knight

Date

2012-09-20 17:51

Next Issue has come to the king of touch screens, and the excitement is palpable. Time is calling the magazine bundling app the Hulu for magazines, and TechCrunchhas tentatively likened it to Netflix (the American movie-mailing service that has given the DVD a renaissance, for those without zip codes). This joint venture between Condé NastTime IncHearstMeredith and News Corp is “probably the easiest and most economical way for you to read your favourite titles” on your iPad according to Anthony Ha. Is it a good enough deal that consumers will pay for the content? PaidContent takes a look.

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Emma Knight

Date

2012-07-10 17:35

Social media giveth, and social media taketh away… When Facebook launched its "frictionless sharing" social reader apps last September in partnership with news organisations including The Guardian, The Independent and The Washington Post, many in the media business hailed it as a major boost for the industry. Now, however, the number of people using social news reader apps has taken a plunge, after changes implemented by Facebook.

Just over one month after the social reader’s launch, Facebook announced that The Guardian app had been installed nearly 4 million times, and had pushed up page impressions by around 1 million every day. According to Facebook, The Washington Post’s app gained 3.5 million active monthly users in its first month, and 83% of its users were under 35.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-05-09 18:06

As the Republican primaries heat up in the US, news organizations everywhere are trying to predict the winner. But while none of them have a crystal ball, Politico does have a new source of knowledge at its disposal: Facebook.

Last Thursday Politico and Facebook announced they were partnering up to measure user opinion of Republican candidates. A Facebook data team is using an automated process to measure how often users are mentioning, sharing and linking to GOP candidates and whether these mentions are positive or negative. The results are handed onto Politico, whose journalists analyse and publish them. The first set of data is already out.

The project has been greeted by many as great opportunity to paint a detailed picture of voter opinion. Mashable writes that the vast number of Facebook users and the huge amount of information that Facebook holds on them means that the social network "can become a unique space to conduct survey-based research". Read Write Web writes that "Facebook could be the biggest, most dynamic census of human opinion and interaction in history".

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-01-16 19:01

by Alan D. Mutter

Last month, we discussed the generous contribution publishers have been making to the dramatic growth of Facebook, a wondrously addictive medium that seems to be commanding ever-greater amounts of time from an ever-larger number of consumers.

Today, we're going to talk about how newspapers can get Facebook to work as effectively for them as most papers have been working for Facebook.

Continue reading on Editor & Publisher

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-12-13 10:54

Some news websites are seeing remarkably strong traffic to old stories, prompting an intriguing question -- how important is it, really, that news be new?

Tim Bradshaw reports in the Financial Times about "a surge of Facebook traffic to years-old stories" since some websites enabled the open graph, or so-called "frictionless sharing," to Facebook of every article a person reads.

Continue reading on Poynter

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-11-30 10:12

The Guardian and Independent are two of the first news sites to build a new breed of Facebook apps, which were unveiled at the f8 conference yesterday (Thursday, 22 September).

Here is director of Facebook's platform partnerships Christian Hernandez explaining how the apps and the new 'recommend bar' work.

Continue reading on journalism.co.uk

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-28 10:43

Is Facebook a friend of news companies, or is it a rival? No matter how much success publishers have piggybacking off its traffic, they can't escape the cruel math: The more of their time consumers spend on Facebook and other social networking hubs, the less they have left over for news sites.

Continue reading on Forbes

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-21 10:42

Vadim Lavrusik, the cherub-cheeked 25-year old who heads up Facebook's new journalist program initiative, has been generating a lot of chatter in media circles, and not just for his thoughtful missives about how ink-stained wretches could better utilize the social network to promote their work or find sources. His arrival, along with a few other moves by the social-media company, suggests Facebook may be looking at ways to turn the site into a distribution -- and money making -- platform for news.

Continue reading on CNNMoney

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-05-26 10:31

The Washington Post Co. is entering the "integrated marketing" space with the launch of SocialCode, which it bills as a full-service branding agency. But unlike the recent efforts by rival newspaper publishers such as Gannett and Tribune to create standalone marketing units that are a step away from the main content product, WaPo's effort is strikingly niche: SocialCode, housed within the Slate group, is devoted solely to helping marketers advertise themselves on Facebook.

Continue reading on paidcontent.org

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Anton Jolkovski's picture

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-01-20 18:42

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