Facebook Roundup: BranchOut, China, Zuckerberg, Seattle, Google+ and More

BranchOut’s 1 Year Anniversary – BranchOut celebrated its one-year anniversary this week and has become the largest professional networking site on Facebook with 3 million job board listings, has millions of monthly active users in 60 countries and can now be viewed in 10 languages.

China Facebook Investment Rumor – A rumor that an official Chinese government wealth fund, SWF, was interested in a $1.2 billion stake in Facebook was shot down in part this week.

GSV Purchases Facebook Stock — The small investing group has put nearly $6.6 million in Facebook, via buying the company’s stock through a second market. The move sent the small public company’s shares up by 20% as more investors in turn bought into its Facebook stake.

Zuckerberg Uses Nature to Court Tech Talent – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly takes select potential employees on nature walks in Palo Alto, Calif. in which he shows them the layout of Silicon Valley companies and gives them his Facebook pitch.

Facebook to Grow Seattle Office – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg mentioned that he wanted to expand the Seattle engineering office from 40 people, about 60% a year.

ProPublica Uses Facebook for Investigative Journalism – Non-profit investigative journalism organization ProPublica recently revealed that Facebook was used to help the organization compile a database of how resources are distributed to schools.

Austin City Limits Utilizes Credits – Austin City Limits released some information about a recent live concert in which 1,900 comments were made during teh show from 2,300 people watching and 100% of the people paid using Facebook Credits.

Google+ Aids Social Tracking – Google’s analytics tools now allow for more precise information about social engagement.

Import Facebook Friends to Google+ with Chrome – A Google Chrome extension allows users to automatically import Facebook friends into Google+.

British Govt to Offer Services on Facebook – The British Cabinet Office announced that some government services might soon be available via Facebook and Twitter.

Fellows App Generates Facebook Groups – The DNET team from the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon released a Fellows app this week that automatically generates groups of people in your profile based on your connections. The group conducts research on social networks.


American Express OPEN Finalists – American Express’ contest, Facebook Big Break for Small Business, selected 10 finalists. Facebook users will vote to select the finalist by July 19 on the Facebook Page.

Charity Buzz to Auction Off Facebook Tour – Facebook’s Director of Product Blake Ross has partnered with CharityBuzz.com to raise funds for the Peace Corp Morocco Country Fund.

Parature Summer ‘11 Released – Parature released its Parature Summer ’11 its most recent cloud platform, this week.

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