Facebook turns 10 amidst challenges from Pinterest, Twitter

Other social networking sites like Pinterest, Twitter and SnapChat have sparked concerns that Facebook which set a social networking trend in motion may be losing its original teen base

Facebook — with more than 1.2 billion users worldwide — is celebrating its 10th birthday amidst challenges of keeping its original base of young users with new innovative social networks coming to the fore.

 

Mark Zuckerberg launched the social networking site on 4 February 2004 from Harvard University.

 

Facebook was conceived as a way to connect students, and let them build an online identity for themselves, ‘Computer World’ reported.

 

According to the company’s own recent figures, the social networking site has since expanded to cover a large swath of the world, with more than 1.2 billion people using its site on a monthly basis.

 

Zuckerberg, who turns 30 in May, reflected on the 10-year milestone at an industry conference in Silicon Valley last week.

 

He said he never envisioned Facebook, which made him one of the wealthiest people in the world, becoming so large or influential at the start. “It didn’t even occur to me that it could be us,” Zuckerberg said.

 

Since then, Facebook’s site and its business, now a public company, have changed dramatically, the report said.

 

The company was slow to react to the important mobile market, however, last week it reported that more than half its ad revenue now comes from mobile devices, the report said.

 

Among the growing challenges is the soaring popularity of smartphone apps that let people share images, videos, thoughts or observations at any moment.

 

Social networking sites such as Pinterest, Twitter and SnapChat have sparked concerns that Facebook which set a social networking trend in motion may be losing its original teen base.

 

A recent Princeton University study suggested that Facebook may lose around 80% of its users over the next three years, a claim which was challenged by the social networking site.

 

According to a recent report in iStrategyLabs, Facebook lost more than 3 million users in the age group of 13 and 17 between January 2011 and January 2014.

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Supreme Court asks govt to resolve all disputes in Italian marines’ case

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Italian Government and Marines, submitted that the Centre has not been able to proceed in the case and 13 months have lapsed since the Supreme Court has passed the order for conducting day-to-day proceedings

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to resolve within a week all disputes arising out of the issue of invoking anti-piracy law against two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in 2012.

 

A bench headed by Justice BS Chauhan directed the Centre to end the logjam in the issue in which Ministries of Law, Home Affairs and External Affairs are involved and make its stand clear on 10th February.

 

"Will you be able to end the logjam by next Monday? Don't expect us to grant adjournment on the next date," the bench said while posting the case for hearing on 10th February.

 

Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati told the bench that the Centre has "almost" resolved the issue and will respond on the next date of hearing.

 

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Italian Government and Marines, submitted that the Centre has not been able to proceed in the case and 13 months have lapsed since the apex court has passed the order for conducting day-to-day proceedings.

 

He submitted that marines should be allowed to go back to their country.

 

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Italian government challenging invoking of anti-terrorism law SUA (Suppression of Unlawful Acts against safety of Maritime Navigation And Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf) Act, saying it is against the order of the apex court which allowed proceedings only under the Maritime Zone Act, IPC, CrPC and UNCLOS.

 

The joint petition, filed by Ambassador of Italy Daniele Mancini along with Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, also sought direction to the Centre and NIA to expedite the proceedings in the case or discharge the marines.

 

During the last hearing on 20th January, the Supreme Court had adjourned the case after Vahanvati had submitted that the Centre was trying to resolve all disputes with Italian government on the issue.

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