Registrations open for Google’s Mapathon 2013 in India!

Google’s got something interesting for its users in India – Mapathon 2013. In an official blog post, Google’s Jayanth Mysore, Senior Product Manager for Map Maker introduces the search giant’s newest initiative that it will throw open for anyone in India – from February 12, 2013 to March 25, 2013.

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Mysore explains that Mapathon 2013 stems from Google’s initiative towards creating better maps for India, for which they’ll need everyone’s help. Mapathon 2013 is India’s first ever mapping competition and this nation-wide mapping contest is open to just about anybody who lives in the country. All Google Maps users from all over the country can participate and help Google create better maps for India by adding knowledge of their neighborhoods through Google Map Maker. What’s in it for you, you ask? Mysore reveals that the top 1000 mappers in India can win Android tablets, smartphones, gift vouchers and Google merchandise. The registrations for the competition have just opened, and to join, log in to – : http://g.co/mapindia2013

The Future of Facebook Is in India

By 2015, India will have more Facebook (FB) users than any other country on Earth—tilting the social networking action away from the West and toward one of the fastest-growing emerging markets on the planet.

As of right now, India has close to 46,307,580 Facebook users, according to Socialbakers, a social media analytics firm in London. This makes India the third-biggest Facebook market, behind the U.S., now at 156,830,580 users, and Brazil, with 48,041,640.

The number of Indian Facebook users is growing 22 percent every six months, meaning that India will edge out the U.S. toward the end of 2014, when both countries are expected to have 170 million to 175 million members.

Also, Facebook has aggressively targeted younger people. Says Cara Pring, a social media blogger in Sydney: “While it’s common to see a slight overrepresentation of younger age groups (i.e., 18 to 34) on social media channels, in India this group represents a huge 76 percent of all Facebook users. It’s clear that this age group is driving the social media revolution within the country.”

In 2010, Facebook opened an office in Hyderabad, India’s high-tech hub. Naidu says this has helped the company market to advertisers and forge agreements with cell-phone service providers—important in a country where most Facebook users log on via hand-held devices.

 

Social Networks Capture Users and Engagement in Mexico

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube most popular social networks

Internet users in Mexico are flocking to social networks, making them a favorite means of expression and source of entertainment. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are leading social media usage and are expected to thrive financially as brands tap into a highly engaged audience.

According to eMarketer estimates, social networking in Mexico will increase by 17.9% in 2012, making it the fifth-fastest-growing market worldwide. Much of this expansion will come from Facebook, which is expected to reach 25.6 million users in the country by the end of this year.

In terms of general video ad viewing across online formats in Mexico, 75% of respondents recalled seeing video ads on a PC or laptop in the last week and 23% recalled seeing video ads on non-PC devices, such as mobile phones and tablets, in the same time period. More importantly, of those who recalled encountering videos ads, about three-quarters of consumers on both desktop and mobile devices actually watched the video ads served to them. And, crucial to the social sphere, both PC (16%) and non-PC device (25%) viewers were willing to recommend or share the commercial with others.

 

SOCIALBAKERS SOCIAL MEDIA REPORT OF FACEBOOK PAGES IN TURKEY

Turkey is hot, a growing economy with 75 millon population and average age is 29 . A very young market for many investors especially for youth brands. Facebook users have reached 31 million in Turkey after USA,India, Indonesia,Brazil,Mexico. This huge growth made Turkey 6 st country in the world by Facebook user accounts. Total internet users in Turkey are 35 million. Considering Facebook penetration among internet users, almost everyone has Facebook profile. Lets take a deeper look at Socialbakers  Social Media Report of Facebook Pages in Turkey.

 

Facebook's Top Cop: Joe Sullivan

If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest in the world  after China and India , and Joe Sullivan would be head of Homeland Security. According to the analysis Facebook will reach up to 1 billion users within this summer.

His actual title is chief security officer. The “terrorists” he’s up against include the “Koobface gang,” a quintet of Russians who unleashed a worm that turned ­Facebookers’ computers into enslaved bots; the spammers who flooded the site with violent and pornographic images in December; scammers who trick Facebook users into clicking links and filling out surveys for the swindlers’ profit; pedophiles using the site to make contact with minors; and scrapers who inappropriately raid Facebook for users’ valuable personal information. These scoundrels include those who use malicious apps, hackers and an amateur porn purveyor who matches profile pages to private nudie photos submitted by vengeful exes—making it easy to contact, harass and “poke” the unwitting and involuntary porn stars.

Continue reading : http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2012/02/22/facebooks-top-cop-joe-sullivan/