This Week in Digital

Becky Grainger

This week in digital

Zuckerburg Cheques In

This week Facebook has announced a net income of $791m for the latest quarter, up 138% compared to $333m for the same time last year. The number of Facebooks monthly active users has also risen, as of June 30th the figure stood at 1.32bn, an increase of 14% year-over-year. The number of daily users as been announced has 829m, up 19% year on year. Facebook stated the number of mobile users topped 1.07bn at the end of June and the not always so successful mobile business now accounts for 62% of advertising revenues.

According to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index, Zuckerbergs impressive $33.3bliion fortune now puts him ahead of Googles co founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Zuckerberg stated that “there is still so much room to grow” and with the recent introduction of a ‘buy’ button, allowing users to buy products without leaving the social networking site, we are excited to see what else Facebook has planned!

Google Improves Local Search Results

Google has recently released a new algorithm that aims to provide the user with a more useful, relevant and accurate local search results. The changes will be noticeable within the Google Maps search results and Google Web search results.

The majority of the changes are behind the scenes, but it does impact local search results rankings and therefore some local businesses may notice an increase or decrease in rankings.

In typical Google style, it has announced little information but what we do know is that the algorithm is being rolled out for US English results and is aimed at local results. What we don’t know is whether it will have a large impact on local business rankings and if it will be introduced in other languages and countries.

All Hail Mr Grey

The world (or the female population) came to a standstill this week with the release of the trailer of the much anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey film. The best-selling novel written by E.L James has been the subject of rumours and excitement ever since the plans for a film were announced. shades-of-grey_2251523bMr Grey has been trending worldwide and will most likely continue for the next seven months until the film is released. Put a note in your diary for next Valentines Day!

Twitter Updates Direct Messaging

Twitter has announced recent updates in an attempt to rival the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook. Direct messages (DMs) are tweets that are privately sent between accounts who both follow each other.

DMs are often overlooked by Twitter users and in an industry where social messaging is booming it is time that Twitter stepped up. The Twitter support account tweeted that: “over the next few weeks, we’re rolling out an update that makes deleting DMs more consistent across web and mobile. We’re also making an update to the Twitter iPhone and Android apps that will allow you to access your entire DM history.”

Although not massive updates it will solve an issue of messages not being visible when switching between devices and it could also indicate changes that Twitter plan to carry out in the future.

And Finally…

Japans prime minister, Shinzo Abe, wants to introduce a robot Olympics when the country host the game in 2020. He has not given any specific details away but said: “In 2020, I would like to gather all of the world’s robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills.”