“Pay Later” Option For Virtual Goods Tested By Facebook
Pay your Virtual Goods later might actually be an option for gamers in the future if Facebook gets their way. A new system is currently being tested where the user can spend Credits they haven’t paid for and repay the balance later. The balance can only be repaid by using a credit card or PayPal. No offers, gift cards or mobile payments can be used and the debt is not required to be paid right away. There is currently no information available regarding how far into debt a user can go without repercussion.
Facebook Brings Back App Requests
App requests are back on the right side bar on the homepage. Counters for requests will be displayed to the left and text alerts on the right. This is meant to make users more positive to use apps and respond to requests. Since the removal of the requests, game and application growth has been suffering and Facebook now hopes to turn this around.
Facebook Credits On Sale In The UK
Tesco and the game retailer Game offers Facebook Credit gift cards in more than 1000 stores in the UK. Game will sell the cards in denominations £5, £10 and £25, while Tesco will provide £10 and £20 versions. The cards can be used on Facebook in order to purchase Virtual Goods in approximately 200 games that currently are supporting the currency. The Virtual Goods economy is expected to reach £550 million at the end of the year and some estimates points that the entire U.S. Virtual Goods economy might reach $1.6 Billion this year.
“Social gaming is becoming increasingly popular, so we are pleased to offer what might be an ideal Christmas present for those who enjoy playing social games on Facebook”, Tesco commented.
Facebook Customizing Its Products For Specific Locations
There are more and more signs that Facebook is trying to customize its products to make them work in other countries, with special focus on Japan, South Korea and Russia, countries where Facebook is more eager to grow. The translation tool is one example, making it possible for Facebook to spread to other countries and get instant feedback from users. In Japan, Facebook has released a customized interface for mobile users, an app that helps with job searching and a way for users to transport Facebook content to Mixi. In South Korea, Facebook has launched a site about the country and offered a few job openings. In Russia, Facebook has made some deals, allowing mobile users to get free access to the site and a deal with Russian search engine Yandex.
Facebook Places Not Popular In The U.S. Military
Members of U.S. armed forces has up until very recently been allowed to have Facebook Places enabled on their phones, not any more it seems. A document originally presented by the US Army has been passed out, ordering members of the army to disable the application. “The main concern relating to the use of the application, is that it may inadvertently compromise the locality of a military user. Of significant note, users on operations or in Northern Ireland, are potentially putting themselves at risk by drawing attention to their exact whereabouts”.
Statistics States: Facebook On Fire
Recent statistics provided by Omniture, shows that Facebook received 151.126 million unique visitors past October, compared to 97.372 million October 2009. This suggests an increase in traffic with astonishing 55 percent in just one year. The good news continues; according to newly published data provided by Hitwise, one in four page views in the U.S. took place on Facebook last week, which translates as 10 percent of all internet traffic available. More people are clearly visiting the site and staying longer as well. In October ’09 people were spending 17.840 million minutes on Facebook in total, whereas this October that number had increased to 42.578 million minutes, meaning a growth of 72.1 percent.
Your Facebook Profile Becomes A Published Book
Ninku Archivist, a publishing company offers its clients the possibility to get their Facebook profiles published as a book for $24 annually. The service is also available as a free trial where three chapters will be created. One text chapter with a month’s worth of status updates, links notes etc; one photo chapter with all your photos and one profile chapter; telling a story about you with information from your Facebook profile.
Facebook Is Aiming At Becoming Your Homepage
Facebook has started prompting some users to set up the site as their homepage, by the use of a bar at the top, showing pictures of some of your friends. Facebook is testing different methods on a small group of users in order to see which method brings the best result. Being people’s homepage is good for traffic as well as branding and could ultimately help Facebook replace Google, which is used as homepage by many people today.