Hypothesis 1: Facebook has almost reached saturation in its user base (with almost 1.2 billion members as of today) whereas WhatsApp is on a fast growth track that, as Mark Zuckerberg puts it, “dwarfs anything we have seen”.
Hypothesis 2: Aiming to be the ultimate platform for the entire web experience, Facebook has no other way but growing organically on mobile and other verticals.
In the light of the above hypotheses, Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp for a staggering $16+3 billion may in fact seem rather reasonable. Though some do not agree, Zuckerberg’s depiction of the figure as “incredible” is quite right. The addition of 450 million messaging users to Facebook’s mobile realm is pretty incredible, especially when FB Messenger has so far failed to get the attention of the masses.Read More
Russian internet company Yandex has agreed with Facebook to get full access to social network’s ‘firehose’ of public data. Starting today, public content from Facebook users in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, other CIS countries and Turkey will be visible in Yandex searches as soon as the social content gets published. Indexed entries will soon include other users’ comments on the posts as well.
Yandex says the agreement is non-cash and based on mutual benefits. In Russia, where Yandex dominates the search market with around 60% share, Facebook lags far behind local giant Vkontakte in social networking. The agreement has the prospects of boosting its usage in the country.Read More
The last guest of Webrazzi Summit 2011 was Christian Hernandez Gallardo, Facebook’s Head of International Business Development. Gallardo mentioned about the power of Facebook’s social network structure and Turkey’s interest in Facebook in his speech titled “The Power of the Graph”.
Gallardo told Turkey’s large internet ecosystem has been further highlighted with global investment companies showing interest in our country, mentioning Three F for Turkey.
Gallardo said Family, Football Teams and Facebook is important to Turkey, and he included Fenerbahçe-Galatasaray game on Facebook in his speech.Read More
I attended the Facebok Platform sessions at Webrazzi Summit which have been going on at a fast pace. During these sessions, where the live broadcast is done quite smoothly if you ask me, the Facebook team provided quite significant facts with nice presentations.
Firstly, Amina Belghiti introduced the Facebook platform. She talked about the positioning of Facebook and underlined its effectiveness on managing our virtual community. Then, she went on to detailing the Facebook Platform.
Explaining that Facebook Platform consists of the data, tools and the products which socialize the companies, Belghiti expressed that this platform mean traffic, interaction and money. She further said that Facebook platform is based on a social design.Read More
FriendFeed has been standing by itself since it was acquired by Facebook in August 2009 and naturally it has lost the users’ interest once it had. Now there is one country supporting globally. And this country is, yes you are right, Turkey.
Facebook had stated that it acquired FriendFeed as an investment in its human sources, and both FriendFeed’s founders and Facebook CEO Bret Taylor had said that Facebook would not make any improvements to FriendFeed. Webrazzi’s guest author, Nazım Kaya did an interview with Bret Taylor, who stated that he has read our articles on FriendFeed. You can click this link to read Nazım Kaya’s interview with Bret Taylor done in October.Read More
The Turkey report by Video Metrix, the video measurement service of comScore, is now released. The report says that Facebook is the web site where most videos are viewed in Turkey. Google sites come next.
Having launched its first services in the USA four years ago, Video Metrix provides measurement of online videos and has recently released its first report on Turkish market. The first Video Metrix Turkey report indicates that 20.2 million single viewers watched 3 billion videos in February this year.
According to this report which puts forward very significant data, approximately 17 million Facebook users watched approximately 800 million videos in February. This points out that 46.6 videos on average are watched by a single user per month.Read More
As Facebook makes a number of renovations, we had last taken a look into its position in Turkey in September. Facebakers which changed its name as Socialbakers recently, published an order of the fastest rising countries with Facebook users in November, thus giving a chance to make an evaluation. Let’s take a glance at our general position both last month and this month.
According to November stats, 830.540 people from Turkish signed up to Facebook last month. This equals an increase of 3.44% of total Turkish Facebook population and makes Facebook population in Turkey being over 24 million. Since Turkey is on the 4. line of Facebook countries list, its percentage growth is not very high. Also, the fact that Facebook’s online Turkish population reaches its 68.98% shows it does not have a huge user population to reach anymore.Read More
I wish we had sources other than Alexa to refer to in Turkey, but unfortunately, we do not have this kind of sources to find the information we need regularly. Even though we often criticize it, Alexa is the reference guide in the sector for not just Turkey, but also other parts of the world and it can reflect the status of Internet use in Turkey.
We have been informed that there have been some changes in Alexa 100 Turkey list. Especially the fact that Sahibinden.com is among Turkey top 10 list caught our attention. So I wanted to review Alexa 100 Turkey list to get a reflection of what has happened in the sector. It caught my attention that online economy developed anc social media gained power in Turkey. Even I have started to wonder whether Twitter would start to provide its SMS service in Turkey too.
Let’s move on without rambling.Read More