Facebook roundup: Outages, Apple, HQ, hackers, awards, Ceglia, Bing and more

Facebook offers little information on outages — Facebook went down for many users over the course of several hours Thursday, but the company won’t share the extent of the outage or what caused it. Facebook said in a statement that some users had “issues loading the site,” but it would not confirm whether its social plug-ins or other platform features were functioning during this time. The company told TechCrunch that the outage was not the result of an attack, despite rumors that the hacker group Anonymous might have been involved.

Apple CEO hints Facebook integration could be imminent — Apple CEO Tim Cook told the audience at AllThingsD’s D10 Conference to “stay tuned” regarding possible collaboration between Facebook and Apple. Many expect the company’s next iteration of iOS to integrate Facebook, similar to how it currently integrates Twitter.

Facebook to expand in Menlo Park — The City of Menlo Park voted to allow Facebook to expand its headquarters to eventually support about 6,600 people, up from the current headcount of 3,600.

Facebook gives hackers $300K — Facebook’s bug bounty program, which awards hackers who find security problems with the site, has paid out more than $300,000, according to Forbes.

Facebook partners with Access to offer innovation award — Access, a digital activism organization, is partnering with Facebook to offer the Access Facebook Award as part of its yearly innovation prizes for individuals or organizations that have the best ideas of how to use information technology to promote human rights or other social good.

Ceglia’s lawyers set to dump him as client — The Los Angeles Times reports that attorneys for Paul Ceglia — the man who claims he’s owed a 50-percent stake in Facebook — asked a judge if the firm could withdraw from the case.

New Bing Facebook integration live — Bing’s latest redesign, which includes deeper integration with Facebook through a “social sidebar,” is now available for all users after three weeks in open beta. The sidebar helps users find and connect with friends who are likely to have information about a search query based on information from their Facebook profiles.

Identified reaches 10 million users Identified, a career site built on the Facebook platform, announced this week that it has reached 10 million registered users eight months after launch. The company is relocating its headquarters to San Francisco’s China Basin to accommodate its now more than 50 employees.

Polygraph releases reports productsPolygraph Media released its Polygraph Reports product, which allows for real-time data collection, data mining, analytics and visualizations of Facebook page metrics.

Video, photos, House MD, smileys, Chinese music, more on this week’s top 20 emerging Facebook apps by MAU

A digital photo app, DoAlbums, topped our list of emerging Facebook applications by monthly active users this week.

We define emerging applications as those that ended with between 100,000 and 1 million MAU in the past week. This week’s top apps grew by between 100,000 and 490,000 MAU, based on AppData, our data tracking service covering traffic growth for apps on Facebook.

Top Gainers This Week

Name MAU Gain Gain,%
1.  DoAlbums 720,000 +490,000 + 213%
2.  Vidd 660,000 +450,000 + 214%
3.  ooVoo 730,000 +360,000 + 97%
4.  Crush Meter 460,000 +290,000 + 171%
5.  House M.D.: Critical Cases 740,000 +200,000 + 37%
6.  Dragon City 350,000 +180,000 + 106%
7.  Jetpack Joyride 420,000 +180,000 + 75%
8.  Baseball Heroes 260,000 +180,000 + 225%
9.  Waze – Drive Social 410,000 +160,000 + 64%
10.  Cute Smileys 590,000 +150,000 + 34%
11.  Smarter Than A 5th Grader? 710,000 +150,000 + 27%
12.  Friend Hug 320,000 +150,000 + 88%
13.  GifBoom 830,000 +150,000 + 22%
14.  Zombie Island 910,000 +140,000 + 18%
15.  Especially for You friend ≧✯◡✯≦ 330,000 +140,000 + 74%
16.  The Fan Machine 310,000 +140,000 + 82%
17.  Gourmet Ranch 570,000 +120,000 + 27%
18.  KKBOX 300,000 +120,000 + 67%
19.  Rabbids Invasion 650,000 +110,000 + 20%
20.  ❤◠❥ LoVe to YoU ❤◠❥ 430,000 +100,000 + 30%

DoAlbums helps users create photo albums on Facebook by uploading photos from their computers or Instagram accounts. Video apps were popular as well. There was Polish video site Vidd, group video chat app ooVoo and mobile video effects app GifBoom.

House M.D.: Critical Cases led the games, and quiz apps continue to be popular. Cute Smileys grew by postings a photo to the stream of a user’s name designed with smiley faces. Crush Meter tells a user which of their friends has a “crush” on them.

Finally, online community Waze – Drive Social, page app  The Fan Machine and Chinese music platform KKBOX (not available in the U.S.) rounded out our list.

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppData. Stay tuned next week for our look at the top weekly gainers by monthly active users on Monday, the top weekly gainers by daily active users on Wednesday, and the top emerging apps on Friday.

Facebook career postings: data center, engineering, mobile, more

Facebook added data center, engineering and other account management staff to its Careers page this week. On LinkedIn the company posted analyst, mobile, recruiting and marketing positions.

Posts added this week on Facebook’s Careers Page:

  • Application Engineer, HR
  • Data Center Business Analyst
  • SCO Procurement Coordinator, Site Operations
  • Infrastructure Construction Manager
  • Regional Logistics Coordinator (Lulea)
  • Accessibility QA Specialist – Contract
  • Salesforce Application Developer
  • Account Manager, Gaming (Singapore)
  • Event Marketing Manager
  • Associate Analyst, Custom Market Insights (London)
  • Analyst, Payment Operations (Austin)
  • Analyst, User Operations – Contract
  • Accessibility QA Specialist – Contract
  • Account Manager, Tech/SocialCom (Menlo Park)
  • Ad Operations Analyst, Global Marketing Solutions (Austin)
  • Client Partner, Retail (Chicago)
  • Manager, Global Marketing Solutions, Gaming

Jobs posted by Facebook on LinkedIn:

  • Account Manager, Gaming (Singapore)
  • Pricing and Yield Management – EMEA
  • Manager, Global Sales Outsourcing (Tokyo)
  • Analyst, User Operations, Intellectual Property, French (Dublin)
  • Analyst, Platform Operations (Dublin)
  • Analyst, User Operations, Arabic (Dublin)
  • Senior Analyst, Custom Market Insights (Dublin)
  • Analyst, User Operations, LatAm Spanish (Dublin)
  • Analyst, User Operations, Brazilian Portuguese (Dublin)
  • HR Specialist EMEA – FTC 11mts
  • Revenue Manager, International (Dublin)
  • Head of Mobile Operations
  • Infrastructure Operations Engineer
  • Data Center Energy Manager
  • Network Infrastructure Acceptance Engineer
  • Compensation Consultant
  • Business Analyst, Compensation
  • Global Immigration and Tax Manager
  • Analyst, Payment Partnerships (Dublin)
  • Manager, Business Operations
  • Business Operations Sr. Analyst
  • Finance Manager, Technology Infrastructure & Supply Chain
  • HR Specialist – Contract (Austin)
  • Technical Recruiter – Contract (Seattle)
  • Design Recruiter – Contract
  • Engineering Leadership Sourcer
  • Design Recruiter
  • Platform Developer Marketing Manager
  • Product Marketing Manager
  • Platform Product Marketing Manager

Who else is hiring? The Inside Network Job Board presents a survey of current openings at leading companies in the industry.

Facebook hires: investor relations, engineering, business development, more

Facebook appears to have hired a director of investor relations in addition to some data center staff and engineers, according to its Careers page. Various other staff in business development, marketing and user operations were hired, according to the company’s LinkedIn feed.

New hires per LinkedIn and other sources:

  • Fernanda Weiden, Manager, Site Reliability Operations – former site reliability engineering manager at Google.
  • Thomas Holmboe Bang, Business Developer – former coach at Caldas da Rainha Sports Clube.
  • Toni Sfeir, Business Operations Analyst – former equity derivatives trader at Societe Generale.
  • Lucas Fazioli Fedele, User Operations Analyst – former life sciences assistant sector manager at British Consulate-General São Paulo.
  • Pallak Sancheti, Global Marketing Options – former intern Sunny Side Up.

Prior listings now removed from the Facebook Careers Page:

  • Director, Investor Relations
  • Software Engineer, Mail
  • Data Center Technician (Ashburn)
  • Datacenter Optimization Engineer
  • Network Capacity Planner
  • Software Engineer, Mail
  • Data Analyst
  • Commodity Manager
  • Client Partner, German (Dublin)
  • Language Specialist – Russian
  • Product Marketing Manager
  • Payments Partnerships
  • Senior Analyst, Custom Market Insights (London)
  • Analyst, Monetization (OSO-AM)
  • Account Manager, Online Sales Operations for Australia (Singapore)
  • Account Manager Poland
  • Analyst, SMB Growth (Buenos Aires)
  • Analyst, SMB Growth, Brazil
  • Manager, UK Mid Market Sales – Dublin
  • Developer Advocate, Manager (London)
  • Manager, Developer Support Engineering (Dublin)

Who else is hiring? The Inside Network Job Board presents a survey of current openings at leading companies in the industry.

21 Questions, Socialcam, Shufflr, Zynga, mobile, horoscopes, more on this week’s top 20 growing Facebook apps by DAU

Quiz applications and games made up the bulk of the apps on our list of those growing by daily active users this week. There were also a few horoscope apps, as well as apps to watch videos like Socialcam, a mobile app and the Facebook Microsoft integration.

The titles below grew between 180,000 and 4.5 million DAU, based on AppData, our data tracking service covering growth for apps on Facebook.

Top Gainers This Week

Name DAU Gain Gain,%
1.   21 questions 4,900,000 +4,520,000 + 1,189%
2.   Between You and Me 1,800,000 +1,630,000 + 959%
3.   Zynga Bingo 1,800,000 +1,600,000 + 800%
4.   Socialcam 6,100,000 +1,400,000 + 30%
5.   Truth Game 1,300,000 +1,200,000 + 1,200%
6.   Microsoft 12,600,000 +1,000,000 + 9%
7.   Truths About You 1,000,000 +900,000 + 900%
8.   My Friend Secrets 950,000 +880,000 + 1,257%
9.   Daily Horoscope 5,200,000 +700,000 + 16%
10.   Get Revealed 720,000 +680,000 + 929%
11.   Angry Birds Friends 2,600,000 +300,000 + 13%
12.   Bejeweled Blitz 3,200,000 +300,000 + 10%
13.   Candy Crush Saga 2,600,000 +300,000 + 13%
14.   Horóscopos del Amor 380,000 +290,000 + 322%
15.   Bubble Safari 840,000 +260,000 + 45%
16.   Shufflr 600,000 +260,000 + 76%
17.   Lost Bubble 830,000 +230,000 + 38%
18.   Tư vấn, bói vui 230,000 +221,000 + 2,456%
19.   Frases de Amor 260,000 +200,000 + 333%
20.   Facebook 230,000 +180,000 + 360%

21 questions topped our list, growing by more than 4.5 million DAU. This app allows users to answer tongue-in-cheek questions about their friends and publish the results to their feed. The app also alerts friends that they were the subject of the quiz. The other five quiz apps on our list mirror this structure in various ways: Between You and MeTruth Game, Truths About You, My Friend Secrets and Get Revealed.

Games on the list were led by Zynga Bingo, which was the only game to gain more than 1 million DAU. Horoscope apps in a variety of languages were also popular. These apps usually post daily to users’ feeds after being installed.

Socialcam, the video watching app, continued to see strong growth, as did similar app Shufflr. There was also the Microsoft Facebook integration and an Indian mobile app, Facebook by Fonetwish that promises to allow users to use Facebook — even if they have no Internet on their phones.

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppData. Stay tuned for our look at the top emerging apps on Friday.

Facebook for Every Phone, Snaptu, Facebook Marketing, Kobe Bryant, more on this week’s top 20 growing Facebook pages

Mobile, marketing and sports were popular on our list of the fastest growing Facebook pages this week.

Pages on our list this week grew from between 441,600 to 3.8 million Likes. We compile this list with our PageData tool, which tracks page growth across Facebook.

# Name Total Likes People Talking About Daily Growth Weekly Growth 
1    Programa Pânico 4,845,463 70,766 +9,874 +3,842,060
2    Facebook for Every Phone 91,990,154 2,854,483 +343,111 +2,773,409
3    Snaptu 8,150,715 8,008 +1,402,809 +1,407,182
4    Facebook Solutions Entrep… 1,411,339 593 +7,286 +1,392,659
5    Facebook-Marketingkonzepte 1,411,173 1,756 +7,472 +1,387,624
6    Facebook Marketing 1,411,424 9,738 +7,209 +1,375,171
7    Facebook Marketing 1,411,271 1,718 +7,357 +1,368,611
8    Facebook Marketing 1,411,328 727 +7,299 +1,361,051
9    Facebook Marketing 1,410,680 1,325 +7,603 +1,354,284
10    Facebook Marketing 1,411,162 933 +7,482 +1,345,123
11    Listening to music 5,546,585 338,005 +261,116 +1,035,428
12    Leo Messi 36,095,834 218,372 +25,586 +751,247
13    Kobe Bryant 12,877,578 143,113 +12,459 +539,475
14    Adele 29,268,531 571,120 +74,417 +530,207
15    Titanic 24,392,905 497,230 +58,145 +470,336
16    Target 12,906,579 466,823 +98,646 +463,812
17    Big Babol Official Page 462,787 77 +1 +456,087
18    Facebook 67,323,681 516,358 +62,223 +445,888
19    Ray-Ban 3,929,644 448,047 +59,280 +444,624
20    Rihanna 56,570,407 569,172 +65,877 +441,564

Brazilian TV show Programa Pânico topped our list after a huge single day spike, which is likely the result of page consolidation. Facebook for Every Phone and Snaptu took No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Interestingly, Facebook for Every Phone is the mobile application for feature phones that was built by Snaptu. The social network acquired Snaptu in 2011. The Snaptu page hasn’t been updated since then, so its growth seems to be from page consolidation. The Facebook for Every Phone page continues to have a lot of momentum following the app’s recent product updates.

A group of Facebook marketing pages in different languages took the next seven spots on the list. This seems to be related to a test that lets pages customize their presence for different regions while maintaining a unified total Like count across all pages.

Athletes Leo Messi and Kobe Bryant made the list likely because of their recent performances. Target continues to grow as the result of its Sponsored Stories campaign. Ray-Ban is heavily promoting its new Legends campaign with a Facebook app. The page is also sharing posts to past points on its Timeline.

Italian gum company Big Babol seems to have also grown from page consolidation. AdeleTitanic and Rihanna continue to appear on our list as the result of organic growth and momentum.

New Facebook platform industry hires: Buddy Media, Wildfire, Kontagent, Identified, BranchOut

If your company is hiring new people or making a notable promotion, please let us know. Email mail (at) insidefacebook (dot) com, and we’ll get it into our next post. Also, please note that information about most new hires, below, comes either from the companies themselves or from company updates from LinkedIn.

Looking for new opportunities? Check out the Inside Network Job Board, which shows the latest openings at leading companies in the industry.

Here’s this week’s list of hires:

Buddy Media 

  • Tom Callen, Account Executive –former sales executive at Wildfire Interactive, Inc.
  • Anna Meskishvili, Marketing – former public relations account executive at Privy, Inc.

Wildfire

  • Chris Marty, Recruiting – former admissions counselor at Goucher College.
  • Kathryn Sahr, Sales Associate – former web content/marketing intern at Tundra Specialties.
  • Erica Weindruch, Sales Associate – former leasing consultant at Renter’s Refuge.

Kontagent

  • Erik Lewis,  Data Scientist/Account Manager – former teaching assistant at UCLA

Identified

  • Mohamad Tarifi, Director of Research and Development – former experience at Ignition Entertainment, Convert Global, Capital One and Amazon.
  • Sungwook Yoon, Data Scientist — former research scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center.
  • Baljinder Singh, Senior Software Developer — former developer for SuccessFactors, CommVault, Guavus Networks Pvt Ltd, and GlobalLogic.

BranchOut

  •  Paulo Cordeiro, Advogado (attorney) — former attorney at SCF Advogados

Who else is hiring? The Inside Network Job Board presents a survey of current openings at leading companies in the industry.

Socialcam, quizzes, Yahoo, Pinterest, games, more on this week’s top 20 growing Facebook apps by MAU

Video app Socialcam topped our list of the fastest growing Facebook applications by monthly active users this week. There was also a variety of quiz apps, video website integrations, games and Timeline apps from companies like Spotify.

Titles on our list gained the most MAU of any apps on the platform, growing from between 615,600 and 9.7 million MAU, based on our AppData tracking service.

Top Gainers This Week

Name MAU Gain Gain,%
1.   Socialcam 54,200,000 +2,700,000 + 5%
2.   21 questions 10,400,000 +2,500,000 + 32%
3.   MyCalendar – Birthdays 31,200,000 +2,200,000 + 8%
4.   Chill 14,300,000 +2,100,000 + 17%
5.   60photos 8,700,000 +1,800,000 + 26%
6.   Yahoo! Social Bar 41,200,000 +1,700,000 + 4%
7.   Mynet 7,400,000 +1,600,000 + 28%
8.   Bubble Blitz 1,900,000 +1,520,000 + 400%
9.   Sniplist 2,700,000 +1,500,000 + 125%
10.   Bubble Safari 1,800,000 +1,410,000 + 362%
11.   Zynga Bingo 2,100,000 +1,280,000 + 156%
12.   Candy Crush Saga 8,900,000 +1,200,000 + 16%
13.   Buggle 3,600,000 +1,100,000 + 44%
14.   Pyramid Solitaire Saga 3,200,000 +1,100,000 + 52%
15.   Pinterest 12,700,000 +1,000,000 + 9%
16.   Truth Game 3,400,000 +1,000,000 + 42%
17.   Between You and Me 7,500,000 +900,000 + 14%
18.   Lost Bubble 2,000,000 +900,000 + 82%
19.   Skype 15,100,000 +900,000 + 6%
20.   Spotify 20,600,000 +900,000 + 5%

Socialcam grew by 2.7 million MAU; this app allows users to take and watch videos and generates Open Graph stories in News Feed and Timeline as a result. Other video integrations that grew in the millions were: Chill, Turkish site Mynet, and Sniplist. Quiz apps that ask users questions about their friends, generating feed stories as they are answered, were also popular. These included 21 questionsTruth Game and Between You and Me.

The rest of the list was made up of a variety of apps. There was MyCalendar – Birthdays, which asks users to invite friends to the app so as to generate a customized calendar for them. The 60photos app allows users to rate friends’ photos, then there were several Timeline apps, like: Yahoo! Social Bar, Pinterest and Spotify.

Games were led by Bubble Blitz this week.

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppData. Stay tuned for our look at the top weekly gainers by daily active users on Wednesday, and the top emerging apps on Friday.

Facebook roundup: Opera, Dubai, friend lists, Pinterest, more

Facebook to buy Opera browser? – Facebook is reportedly interested in purchasing Opera Software, which operates a desktop and mobile browser. Pocket-lint.com and The Next Web have sources saying Opera is talking to potential buyers and Facebook could be among those.

Facebook to open Dubai office – Facebook is set to open its first Middle East office in Dubai next week.

Facebook asks users to ‘star’ their friends -  Facebook is reportedly testing a new way to prompt to users add friends to their “Close Friends” list by suggesting that they “star” them, according to VentureBeat. The “Close Friends” feature, which helps users see more of their closest friends’ status updates, has been around since September 2011. Facebook has recently been experimenting with ways to get users to take advantage of the feature. [Image via VentureBeat]

Pinterest hires Facebook’s Schnitt – Pinterest hired Barry Schnitt, formerly of Facebook and Google, to be the head of communications and public policy.

Microsoft releases Windows Phone update - Microsoft released version 2.5 of its Facebook for Windows Phone app, bringing it more in line with its Android and iOS offerings. Among other usability improvements, Windows Phone users can now Like comments and view threaded messages.

Facebook introduces user restrictions for Open Graph stories - Developers can now limit their Open Graph app stories to users who meet certain restrictions such as age, country or certain kinds of content, according to Facebook’s Developer Blog. For example, a video app can specify that stories published by the app only appear in countries in which they have launched or to users who are over a certain age.

Timeline redesign being tested – Facebook is testing a redesigned Timeline layout that overlays some user information on top of their cover photo and reduces the size of links to users’ photos and map, for example. The redesign seems aimed at making more aspects of Timeline visible at one time without scrolling. [Image from AllFacebook]

Smarter Than A 5th Grader, Quora, Amazon, Groupon, GifBoom, more on this week’s top 20 emerging Facebook apps by MAU

A variety of websites with Facebook logins, as well as games, dominated our list of emerging Facebook apps by monthly active users this week.

We define emerging applications as those that ended with between 100,000 and 1 million MAU in the past week. This week’s top apps grew by between 100,000 and 420,000 MAU, based on AppData, our data tracking service covering traffic growth for apps on Facebook.

Top Gainers This Week

Name MAU Gain Gain,%
1.   Clicker.com 860,000 +420,000 + 95%
2.   Smarter Than A 5th Grader? 560,000 +350,000 + 167%
3.   Super Texas Holdem Poker 410,000 +321,330 + 362%
4.   comments 936,956 +236,956 + 34%
5.   Kindle 630,000 +230,000 + 58%
6.   Wish 950,000 +200,000 + 27%
7.   GifBoom 680,000 +190,000 + 39%
8.   Zynga Bingo 1,000,000 +190,000 + 23%
9.   Jetpack Joyride 240,000 +170,000 + 243%
10.   Rabbids Invasion 540,000 +170,000 + 46%
11.   Quora 360,000 +160,000 + 80%
12.   Groupon 890,000 +150,000 + 20%
13.   GiveMeFootball 360,000 +140,000 + 64%
14.   Break.com 200,000 +120,000 + 150%
15.   House M.D.: Critical Cases 540,000 +110,000 + 26%
16.   Informacje WP.PL 910,000 +110,000 + 14%
17.   Zombie Island 770,000 +110,000 + 17%
18.   Amazon 200,000 +100,000 + 100%
19.   Dragon City 170,000 +100,000 + 143%
20.   GTA – San Andreas 190,000 +100,000 + 111%

No. 1 on our list was Clicker.com, a website which uses Facebook login to provide TV show recommendations based on what users’ friends watch and like. Games were led by Ludia’s Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, which came in at No. 2 overall. There were a mix of other gambling-type and virtual world games on the list, as well.

Kindle’s use of Facebook login pushed the app past 500,000 MAU this week. A social search engine app, Wish, and mobile video effects app, GifBoom, made our list at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively.

Open Graph integrations like those from QuoraBreak.comGiveMeFootball and Polish website Informacje WP.PL continue to grow quickly. Social commerce sites Groupon and Amazon also made the list.

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppData. Stay tuned next week for our look at the top weekly gainers by monthly active users on Monday, the top weekly gainers by daily active users on Wednesday, and the top emerging apps on Friday.

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