Facebook Roundup: Flickr, China, Foursquare, Bangladesh, U.S. Facebook Stats and More

Flickr Turns On Facebook Sync – Flickr users may now sync their Facebook and Flickr accounts so every time they upload a public photo to Flickr it appears in their Facebook news stream. The integration is powered by the Yahoo! Updates platform, coming on the heels of other recent Yahoo! Facebook integrations.

Widgets, Including Facebook’s, Slow Down Web Sites – Google employee Steve Souders ran a test on his web site to compare nine common widgets, finding that Facebook came in second only to Digg in how much widgets slowed page load times. Souders wanted to see how much widgets slowed down a web site and tested: Digg, Facebook, Google Analytics, Google AdSEnse, BuySellAds, ValueClick, Quantcast, Collective Media and Glam Media. Facebook came in second to Digg, which added two-thirds a second to page load times, while Facebook Sharer added one-sixth of a second.

Facebook May be Looking at China Office – The company could be opening up a China office, despite being banned in the country, according to TechCrunch.

Foursquare Sale Rumors – Facebook, among others, is in talks with location-based gaming company Foursquare about a potential investment or partnership, Kara Swisher reported this week. TechCrunch previously reported recently that Yahoo!, Facebook and Microsoft have all been talking to FourSquare about some sort of acquisition or other possibilities.

Facebook More Popular Than Google in UK – Hitwise reported this week that social networks are more often visited in the United Kingdom than search engines, most of this is attributable to Facebook. About 55% of social network traffic goes to Facebook and 90% of search traffic goes to Google, Hitwise reported.

Bangladesh Restores Facebook – The government of Bangladesh has restored Facebook after about a week in which the social network was banned. Bangladesh followed Pakistan after Facebook was banned over the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” Page that many Muslims considered to be blasphemous. Pakistan restored Facebook on May 31 after officials said Facebook apologized and blocked the offensive content; Bangladesh restored Facebook after the offensive Page was no longer available there.

Facebook, PTA Partner for Internet Safety – This week Facebook and the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) announced a partnership to help educate children, parents and teachers about safe Internet use. Specifically the initiative is meant to address cyberbylling, but will also focus on shrinking the digital divide for children; Facebook will devote the equivalent to $1 million in resources to the effort. Previously Facebook launched the Safety Center Page to address similar issues.

Kelly Loses Attorney General Bid – Former Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly lost his bid for the Democratic nomination for attorney general in California this week. Kelly announced his intention to seek the office last year; the race against San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris prompted one of the first political attack ads centered around Facebook privacy. Kelly spent more than $12 million on the campaign and distanced himself from Facebook’s recent privacy woes.

More Research: Facebook Fans are Valuable – A few different reports this week found that Facebook fans are valuable to brands, monetarily speaking. eMarketer used comScore numbers to report that Facebook users spent more money than other Internet users. Syncapse Corp., which works with other companies on their social media strategies, also released a study this week that found Facebook fans spend an average of $71.84 more than non-fans over a period of two years. Additionally: Fans are 28% likelier to keep using a brand than non-fans; 68% of fans are “very likely” to recommend a product in contrast to 28% of non-fans; 81% of fans versus 39% of non-fans feel connected to a brand; and the average value of a fan is $136.38.

Americans Aged 50-Plus Prefer Facebook – The AARP, a non-profit organization concerned with quality of life issues for people aged 50 and over, reported that its members prefer Facebook over other social networks. A survey found that about 27% of U.S. residents aged 50 and above use social networks. About 23% of these reported a preference for Facebook, while MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter came in with about 4% each.

Most U.S. Teens Give Parents Profile Access – Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions recently published results from a survey of U.S. high school students that found most allow their parents full access to their Facebook profiles. The report noted that teens seem to have an all-or-nothing approach whereby 56% gave parents full access and 34% gave none at all; only 9% provided limited access for their parents.

LiveWorld Launches Facebook Crowdsource App – Social network marketing company LiveWorld launched Facebook Idea Power 2.0 this week, a conversation application meant to allow brands to crowdsource ideas on Facebook. With the app, customers on Facebook can submit, tag and vote via text, photo, audio and video; the app is available in multiple languages.

Seven Students in Trouble Over Anti-Semitic Facebook Game – Seven high school seniors in Southern California may be barred from graduation or suspended after they played an anti-semitic Facebook game, Beat the Jew. Apparently 40 students at the school joined the Page but only the seven involved actually played it. The game involves “Jews” who are kidnapped, blindfolded and driven away from campus and have to make their way back while being pursued by “Nazis.”

‘The Facebook Effect’ in Stores – David Kirkpatrick’s insider book about Facebook, “The Facebook Effect,” hit stores this week.

Read-Only Facebook for Workplaces – Facebook has been made available in “read-only” mode by Palo Alto Networks. Changes are made within the networks of Palo Alto Networks’ customers, blocking all Facebook apps, mail, chats and posting.

Print Facebook Photos at Target, CVS – Kodak’s self-help photo kiosks at retailers like Target and DVS will soon allow you to access your Facebook photos for printing. One will be able to log into your Facebook account on the kiosks, as well as Picasa or Kodak Online Galleries, select photos, edit and make prints, photo albums or other photo products.