Has Facebook finally peaked?
Social media was abuzz Monday with news that Facebook may be losing millions of users per month in the U.S., U.K. and other developed countries, following a report in The Guardian that references independent data. However, according to the social media analytics firm cited in the story, the statistics are merely "rough estimates."
As The Next Web notes, SocialBakers CEO Jan Rezab responded to the report with a clarification on the company's blog, noting that the firm's Facebook stats are "not primarily intended for journalists, but rather ad estimates for marketers."
When contacted by The Huffington Post, a Facebook spokesperson declined to comment on the statistics or The Guardian report.
SocialBakers' Facebook stats for the last six or three months appear to show Facebook shedding large numbers of users in the U.S. and U.K., but Rezab previously explained that the data derived from Facebook's ad interface, though updated regularly, has a slight delay.
"The monthly active user count is statistically vulnerable to more casual users of the platform, users that don't use it that often and might fall out of the 30-day range from time to time," Rezab also wrote in a past blog post.
The truth is there is no publicly available total of Facebook's number of active users. In 2012, the social network's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg even admitted that Facebook does not have an exact count of its total users. The company's active user counts are based on estimates.
As for an up-to-date estimate of Facebook's active monthly users, it seems only time will tell. Facebook is likely to release its current numbers along with its quarterly earnings report on May 1.
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'Pretend' To Be The Zuck
Apparently there can be only one Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook. <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385254,00.asp" target="_hplink">According to PC Mag</a>, in 2011 Mark S. Zuckerberg was kicked off Facebook because of "identity fraud." But this lawyer from Indiana had other Facebook woes before his restricted account: Because of the similarity of his name to the ever-fascinating CEO, S. Zuckerberg was receiving nearly 500 friend request a day. Eventually, after making a few headlines, Facebook apologized and the lawyer regained access to his account.
Share Names With A Celeb
Selena Gomez was recently banned from Facebook. But it wasn't the Disney superstar who's been prohibited from uploading her latest pics; it was just a regular girl, <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/08/05/selena-gomez-banned-facebook/" target="_hplink">TMZ reported</a>. One day Selena Miranda Gomez from New Mexico attempted to access her Facebook account and found she was unable to log in because the social networking site believed she was impersonating the actress, which is against the company's policy. At the time of publication, it was not clear whether Gomez's account had been reactivated.
Set Up A Profile Under Your Famous Pseudonym
Salman Rushdie, who penned titles like <em>Midnight's Children</em> and <em>The Satanic Verses, </em> had his <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/14/salman-rushdie-facebook_n_1092828.html" target="_hplink">Facebook account suspended</a> in 2011 because of what Facebook perceived to be a name discrepancy. While Rushdie's first name is Ahmed, the world knows him by his middle name, Salman. The social network told the author that he wold have to use his first name on his profile. "Dear #Facebook, forcing me to change my FB name from Salman to Ahmed Rushdie is like forcing J. Edgar to become John Hoover," Rushdie sounded off on <a href="https://twitter.com/SalmanRushdie/status/136136147398168576" target="_hplink">his twitter account </a>following the incident. Facebook later restored <a href="https://www.facebook.com/rushdie" target="_hplink">his profile</a>.
Coordinate Hack Attacks
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Take Odd Pics Of Your Kids
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Spam Your 'Friends'
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Pretend You're Over 13 When You're Not
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Add Script Or Code To The Site
<em>"Hello, Our systems indicate that you've been highly active on Facebook lately and viewing pages at a quick enough rate that we suspect you may be running an automated script."</em> How would you like to get that email from Facebook? That's exactly what happen to tech-blogger <a href="http://scobleizer.com/2008/01/03/ive-been-kicked-off-of-facebook/" target="_hplink">Robert Scoble</a>. Apparently he had added an address book importer to his Facebook account, but any additional script whatsoever just doesn't fly with this social media site. His account was restored after he "<a href="http://scobleizer.com/2008/01/03/ive-been-kicked-off-of-facebook/" target="_hplink">made a public stink</a>" about the ordeal online.
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