Facebook Hits One Billion Active Users Mark; Launches 'Things That Connect' Brand Advertising Campaign; For $7 Promote Posts to the News Feeds; Updated Help Center, Support Dashboard

One Billion People on Facebookb. Yes! this is the official figure that CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced on companies blog this morning, stating "there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month." Adding, he said,If you're reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you.Helping a […]

One Billion People on Facebookb. Yes! this is the official figure that CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced on companies blog this morning, stating "there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month." Adding, he said,

If you're reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you.

Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life.

I am committed to working every day to make Facebook better for you, and hopefully together one day we will be able to connect the rest of the world too.

Facebook also shared a number of key metrics including 1.13 trillion Likes since its 2009 launch, 140.3 billion friend connections, 219 billion photos uploaded, 17 billion location-tagged posts and 62.6 million songs played some 22 billion times.

Check the full fact sheet embedded under this post.

Facebook also kicking off an advertising campaign to promote its brand, targeting 13 countries including Brazil, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Spain, U.K., and the U.S.

The campaign will appear in 12 different languages and will be housed on Facebook itself initially.

Zuckerberg announcing the launch, noted, "For the first time in our history, we've made a brand video to express what our place is on this earth."

Also, the social network company has started a test in the U.S. today allowing people to promote their personal posts to friends on Facebook. "The test is currenlty only available to people with fewer than 5000 friends and subscribers," Facebook said.

Businesses can already promote posts from their business Pages on Facebook, which is a separate product. The Promote Posts test was first started in New Zealand in May and gradually rolled out to people in more than 20 countries.

When you promote a post - you bump it higher in news feed so your friends and subscribers are more likely to notice it -- the promoted post is then marked as "Sponsored," and, you can see how many more of your friends noticed it.

It will cost $7 per post and Facebook hopes it will be used for garage sales, parties, wedding photos and other important announcements.

Facebook Promote Posts launches in the U.S.
Facebook Sponsored Posts

Facebook also launched the redesigned Help Center and the Support Dashboard worldwide.

"The updated Help Center homepage features six major topics, including things like "See What's New on Facebook" - which links to an overview of new features and products. Additional topics can be found along the navigation on the left," the company noted.

And, the Support Dashboard, lets you status of the report you submitted on content violating the Facebook Community Standards. "Now, when you submit a report on content you believe violates the Community Standards, you'll get notified when your report has been reviewed. You can always check the latest status of what actions are being taken," informs Facebook.

Visit the Facebook Safety Page to learn more.

Facebook Launches new Support Dashboard across the globe

Facebook SDK 3.1.1 for iOS now available with bug fixes related to the iOS 6 native Auth Dialog, updates Scrumptious to better demonstrate iOS 6 integration, and fixes the final SBJson naming conflict.

Get the Facebook SDK 3.1.1 for iOS here.

The company has begun privacy policy alert for apps that do not include a valid privacy policy URL in the dedicated field in App Dashboard "will now see an alert in the App Dashboard and app details pages."

In an effort to make it easier for you to validate, "we will include a 'privacy policy URL test' link that will check if your app meets the privacy policy URL requirements. If you do not comply your app may be placed in Sandbox mode. You can disable Sandbox mode once you meet the privacy policy URL requirements," the company stated.

Also, the following breaking changes go into effect today:

  • "Built-in like/follow action required
  • Removing Bookmark URL
  • Removing Live Stream plugin
  • Summary field being replaced by description field
  • Removing position field for photos
  • /picture connection will return a dictionary when callback is specified," informs Facebook.

facebook redesigned hel center launches worldwide