Launched in February 2004, Facebook is a social networking service founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. Early investors include Microsoft and Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka- shing, through his namesake charitable foundation. Facebook’s US$16 billion initial public offering in May 2012 generated huge investor interest although the shares subsequently slumped in price.

Regina Ip versus Paul Zimmerman on Facebook

A cut above?

Facebook is not for everyone, but we have to admit it does throw up some entertaining moments. Readers will recall that after C.Y. Leung was elected chief executive, there was considerable speculation about who would be made a minister or appointed to Exco.

Thursday, 25 October, 2012, 5:05am

Diplomacy in the digital age: How Twitter, Facebook have changed statecraft

The US State Department has more than 400 Facebook pages. Photo: AFP

When Canada’s ambassador to China posted photos of his car on the embassy’s weibo page, the instant, mass response boosted his country’s image in a way that surely stunned many diplomats.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Digest: Good news on paywall

Digest: Good news on paywall

Maybe it is still too early to draw any conclusions on media outlets’ paywall model.

17 Oct 2012 - 11:04am

From Shepherd's Pie to Nightmare on Elm St - pranksters deface London's Tube map

Shepherd's Bush became Shepherd's Pie after pranksters placed a sticker over the destination. Photo: Facebook

At first glance all appears normal on London's Underground. But a closer look reveals that the famous map of the Tube has undergone some minor changes.

15 Oct 2012 - 11:36am

Digest: Online resources for journalists to cover tragedies

Digest: Online resources for journalists to cover tragedies

In the past ten days, many of my colleagues and local journalists have been trying their best  to cover the Lamma ferry tragedy, sometimes with tears in their eyes.

11 Oct 2012 - 8:26am

Singapore labour group sacks executive after racist Facebook post

Singapore’s state-linked labour movement on Monday sacked a senior executive after she posted expletive-laden and racially charged comments on Facebook that caused outrage in the city-state.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Facebook lets people pay to give posts priority

Photo: Reuters

Fresh from passing the billion-member mark, Facebook is letting members in the United States pay seven US dollars each to have personal posts given priority in feeds seen by their friends.

5 Oct 2012 - 12:47pm

Facebook tailoring ad services for businesses

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has been in the spotlight in recent months over the company’s failure to translate its huge following into profit, and last month apologised for the social network’s weak share performance since its initial public offering. Facebook Sheryl Sandberg has told investors that the company is serious about making money. Photo: AFP

Facebook’s chief operating officer was in New York this week working to bolster investor confidence with assurances that the social network was intent on making money.

Sheryl Sandberg echoed co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s disappointment in the company’s dismal stock market debut in May and said that revenue-generating schemes being considered included charging for upscale services.

2 Oct 2012 - 11:06am

Zuckerberg in Moscow to boost Facebook’s Russia presence

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (right) and Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg meet outside Moscow on Monday. Photo: AFP

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was on Monday in Moscow on a visit the government believes should stimulate innovation in Russia and the social network hopes will boost its position in the Russian market.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, September 30, 2012

Critic who made Diaoyu remark says he's home

30 Sep 2012 - 4:13am

Digest: International or local, what kind of news do you like the most?

Digest: International or local, what kind of news do you like the most?

The late Tip O'Neill, former Speaker of the House in the U.S. Congress, had said that "all politics is local". So is the news, at least the majority of it.

27 Sep 2012 - 11:38pm

Briefs, September 26, 2012

Abu Hamza al-Masri addresses a rally in London. Photo: Reuters

Patient with Sars-like illness remains critical

26 Sep 2012 - 4:10am

Insurers estimate riot damage of least €1m in Dutch town of Haren

Workers clean up debris in Haren after police clashed with hundreds of youths who tried to crash a girl's 16th birthday party. Photo: AFP

Insurers estimate that the damage bill from rioting in a sleepy Dutch town after a Facebook party invitation went viral could top a €1 million (HK$10.1million).

After a night of violence when police officers were pelted with stones, bottles, tubs of flowers and even bicycles, local officials lined up to denounce those responsible and promise they would be brought to justice.

24 Sep 2012 - 4:11am

Digest: iPhone 5 launched, but mainland China buyers still waiting

Digest: iPhone 5 launched, but mainland China buyers still waiting

Which news makes today’s headlines worldwide? It’ll certainly be the launch of iPhone 5. But for Apple’s big fans in mainland China, many of them could probably be disappointed for they have to wait for another couple of weeks or even months for the new gadget.

21 Sep 2012 - 4:17pm

Digest: Localize your business, cases by Tencent and Amazon

Digest: Localize your business, cases by Tencent and Amazon


18 Sep 2012 - 8:50am