Facebook reported that it has surpassed $5 billion in quarterly earnings for the first time, which means Facebook has solved the problem challenging it for some time -- mobile ad sales. As Facebook moved more to a mobile focus, Facebook's stock was down on worries that Facebook would be able to figure out how to sell on mobile. Facebook saw a 51.7% jump in revenue. The profit was $1.5 billion and Facebook's stock did go up on that news.
There seems to be an increased amount of spam activity happening on Facebook lately, and you may have noticed an increase in the amount of bogus friend requests you've received. As a general rule, if you don't know the person in real life, they shouldn't be a Facebook friend. There is a way to at least reduce the amount of requests by making an adjustment in Facebook's settings.
Jack is a teacher and he uses Facebook to keep an eye on his at-risk students in case they post suicidal thoughts online. Now Facebook is questioning whether he is a real person or not. Leo says Facebook's new policy requires users to use the same name as is on their ID. This is to prevent bogus accounts from being created, or from identities being stolen. It's likely someone complained to Facebook that Jack wasn't using his right name, even though there's a very good reason not to. Jack could Google student names and then look at their Facebook page without logging in, though.
There's a new friend scam going on Facebook where phantom accounts try to get you to add them. Kim Schaffer had that issue last night and went to her settings and changed it to friend of friends only. Leo says that it's a spam scam, but he isn't really sure what there is to gain by it. Another new scam is called Facebook Kidnapping where other people will copy all your images and create another account. Leo recommends being very picky about friending people. Keep your privacy settings limited and only friend people you know or are recommended by others.
Rock On recently had a contact mysteriously show up in her contacts list on her new Android phone. Leo suspects that it's through Google Contacts. If she deletes them from Google contacts, it'll be synced and deleted from her phone as well. It could also be Facebook that's populating her contacts as well. Once that's deleted, it shouldn't come back. She also may want to check with her carrier to see if they're syncing her contacts as well.
Anne created an app called ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM, a camera app for Android that zooms in various pictures automatically. It can be preset or the user can just manually do it. She wants to create a website that users of the app can upload and showcase their images, like Instagram. Can SquareSpace do that? Leo says that's probably outside of SquareSpace. In fact, it's just as complicated, if not more so, than creating the app itself. Having a community is a challenge, much like gardening and weeds. She'll have to moderate it full time.
Bill's daughter is on Facebook and has a ton of pictures stored there. How can she back them up? Leo says that she can upload every picture she takes to a private album in facebook. Then she can download them. They'll be pretty compressed, however. Google Chrome has an extension called Download DB Album mod, which will "scrape" her Facebook feed and download them all.
Michael is having trouble with Facebook. He wrote a graphic novel that has a disabled character as the hero. He's trying to raise money on Kickstarter, but Facebook isn't letting him promote it to the people who have liked his page. Nobody is getting his posts.
Shane is frustrated because he can't change the font on Facebook in his phone. Leo says that's just how Facebook is. An app doesn't have to honor the accessibility settings of the phone, and Facebook has forgotten that a large segment of the population needs a larger font. But fortunately, the accessibility settings allow him to at least magnify the screen. Facebook also has an alternative app called Paper that may have better settings.
Patricia's iPad has a ton of pictures on it and now she can't do anything with it. She's gotten rid of half the pictures and she can do a bit more than before. Leo says that Patricia should take advantage of iCloud and if necessary, buy more storage. She's gotten rid of most of her apps as well. She reinstalled Facebook and now she can't sign on. She gets error messages, which Leo says are useless because they are notes for programmers, not users.