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The Illustrated History of Facebook, By Bob Al-Green

Facebook turns ten this week, and to celebrate, the social network is launching a Look Back video personalized video for all of its users. One illustrator, however, made his own video for Facebook. Read more

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Facebook Introduces Independent Newsfeed App Ironically Called Paper

Facebook has been rumored to be working on various branded apps for a few months now so it’s no surprise now that it has finally surfaced as a sleek newsfeed app. Unlike Facebook, the new Paper app is sleek, simple, and has plenty of eye-loving visuals.
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How To Target Your Facebook Posts by Location, Age, Gender & More

Do you wish you could write Facebook updates to reach certain people in your Facebook community?

Using relatively new tools, you can target your Facebook posts by gender, relationship status, educational status, interested in, age, location or language of your Facebook friends. We’ve created a step-by-step tutorial outlining those steps below, complete with images.

You can also use these tools to schedule Facebook posts for the future or add posts into your past timeline. We learned about these new tools at the AllFacebook Marketing Conference in New York City this week.

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How To Target Facebook Posts by Age, Gender, Relationship Status, Interests & Education

Wish you could limit your Facebook posts to certain people in your network? Hootsuite has added a new set of Facebook posting tools for HootSuite Enterprise users.

Enhanced Demographic Targeting helps users target Facebook users by “age, gender, interested in, relationship status and education.” The Geo-Fencing Profiles feature lets users choose the language and location of Facebook followers to read.

Here’s more from SocialTimes: “Social monitoring giant HootSuite has made it possible for businesses to target their Facebook posts by demographics, language, and location, the company announced today … The demographic targeting and geo-fencing features seem to do for Facebook pages what what Circles do for Google+ profiles.”

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Convert Your Handwriting & Facebook Ballots: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are the most popular AppNewser headlines of the week, including how to tether your smartphone, Facebook ballots and how to convert your handwriting into digital text (video review embedded above).

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1. Convert Your Handwriting into Digital Text

2. Apps To Tether Your Verizon Phone

3. Best iPad Stylus for Writers

4. Free eBooks of the Week

5. How To Publish Your eBook Online with PressBooks

6. How To Accept Mobile Payments

7. How To Sync iBooks Between Your iPhone And Your iPad

8. How to convert ePub Books for use on Kindle

9. Websites To Download Free eBooks

10. It’s Tempting, But You Shouldn’t Post Photos Of Your Ballot On Facebook

Early Bird Rates for Mediabistro’s Social Media Marketing Boot Camp End Tomorrow

On October 18, Mediabistro brings you Social Media Marketing Boot Camp, an interactive online event and workshop. The event includes keynote speakers, practical how-to sessions, and strategic assignments to provide a dynamic training on social media. By the end of eight weeks, you will create an integrated strategic plan, using various social media platforms, to build an engaged audience and convert traffic into sales.

Early bird rates are available today. Save $100 when you sign up before they end tomorrow, September 20.

Our speakers include:

Michael Bepko, Global Online Community Manager, Whole Foods Brian Carter, Author, LinkedIn For Business
Keidra Chaney, Digital Content Strategist, The Web Farm Lauren Cucinotta, Branding + Editorial Manager, TEDx
Jennifer Dubrow, Global Social Business Transformation Leader, Inside Sales, IBM Frank Eliason, Senior Vice President of Social Media, Citibank
Jim Hopkinson, Digital Marketing Strategist + Blogger, The Hopkinson Report Barbara Pantuso, Director of Product Strategy, Huge
Dr. Jay Parkinson, Pediatrician and Social Entreprenuer Andrew Patterson, Director of New Media, MLB Advanced Media
Dave Pickett, Social Media Editor, University of Chicago Amy Porterfield, Author, Facebook Marketing All-In-One for Dummies
Brian Ries, Senior Editor, Social Media, Newsweek & The Daily Beast Jennifer Rubio, Social Media Marketing Manager, Warby Parker
Steven Tristan Young, Director, Acquisition Marketing and Brand Awareness, Seamless.com

This year, we have developed industry tracks designed to focus on specific needs of three industries: restaurants, higher education, and entertainment + social TV. Led by an expert, each break-out group allows your to pose specific questions, connect with others, and engage in productive conversation.

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Natan Edelsburg, VP of Sawhorse Media; Writer at LostRemote.com Alexis Halejian, Online Marketing Manager, B.R. Guest Hospitality
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Almost 5 Percent Of Facebook Accounts Are Duplicates

Making apps for Facebook? Better downgrade your list of potential customers by 83 million people. This week Facebook filed a 10-Q filing with the SEC, in which the company revealed details about duplicate and undesirable accounts.

Mashable did the math and figured out that 8.7 percent of Facebook’s accounts, or 83 million accounts, are fake. Check it out: “Of that 8.7%, 4.8% are duplicate accounts, 2.4% are user-misclassified accounts and 1.5% are ‘undesirable’ accounts, a.k.a. spam. The figure is a bit higher than the company’s previous estimates. In a March filing, Facebook claimed about 5% to 6% of its accounts — or 40.3 million to 50.7 million — were fake. The company also says it bans at least 20,000 accounts daily and estimates about 600,000 accounts per day are compromised.”

In the filing, Facebook reported that they have 955 million active users as of June 30th, which is up 29 percent year-over-year. In January, iCrossing predicted that by August Facebook would hit a billion users. Pretty close, but not quite, and even less so with the fake account.

Amazon Introduces Facebook Gift Cards

Amazon is getting ready for the holiday season with a new tool that lets shoppers send gift cards to friends via Facebook. It seems like a great way to share the gift of eBooks.

Amazon customers can now connect to their Facebook accounts on Amazon.com in order to create a personalized gift card that will be delivered to their friend’s Facebook wall.

The gift cards can be personalized. You can choose a virtual gift card design, specify a dollar amount up to $5,000 and add a gift card message. The sender can also schedule the date for the gift card to appear on the recipient’s Facebook wall up to a year in advance. Follow this link to create one.

To promote the new service, Amazon is currently offering a “Give 5, Get $5″ promotion. The first 10,000 customers who give an MP3-themed Amazon.com Gift Card to five different Facebook friends will get a $5 credit good for music downloads at Amazon MP3.

Will Amazon Expand Social Shopping To Include eBooks?

Amazon has been taking advantage of the new social commerce tools on Facebook. In other words, letting people connect their Amazon and Facebook accounts to help share gift recommendations for friends in their network.

In addition, Amazon has signed up to sell directly through Facebook. So for example, if you know one of your Facebook friends wants a specific gift, you can buy it directly from Amazon on Facebook under a “Shop Now” tab. While for now, Amazon is only using the to sell diapers, it has a lot of potential for Amazon’s books and Kindle eBooks.

Books are such a social product. People are always recommending books to friends and passing books along to their friends. It makes a lot of sense to be able to do this through your online social network. While Amazon hasn’t yet said if they would sell eBooks through Facebook, it seems like a natural next step.

You recommend a book to your friends on Facebook, and they can then click on it to buy it directly. If you are on an iPad or iPhone, you can even download the eBook directly from your Facebook app to your Kindle app.