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Geolocation app may be in Facebook’s near future

Facebook geolocation appThe latest mobile marketing efforts from the social networking giant could include location tracking.

Sources with knowledge in the areas have revealed that Facebook currently has a team developing a smartphone geolocation app that will track user locations in order to help to boost the effectiveness and relevance of the social media experience on those devices.

The app is currently believed to be slated for a mid-March release for more than a billion users.

According to the sources – who have opted to remain unnamed as the company has yet to release the details of this geolocation project to the public – the main purpose of the app is to allow its users to be able to find friends who are nearby. Regardless of whether or not the app is actually open on the handset, it will still collect data for this and other purposes that are relevant to the application.

This geolocation app is only one of many features that Facebook is continually adding to its mobile experience.

The company may also be using the geolocation data that it receives through the app to be able to enhance the profitability of its mobile marketing efforts – which it has announced will be a primary goal for 2013. This would allow it to gain access to a tremendous amount of user location information, as there are currently over one billion people who use their mobile devices to access their Facebook accounts.

The geolocation information that will be gathered will present a considerable mobile marketing opportunity for the social network, as it will be able to sell ads based on the daily habits and the whereabouts of the app users. This could prove to be highly appealing to many companies who are seeking just this sort of opportunity to take advantage of the high tech benefits that m-commerce has to offer.

At the same time, many consumers and privacy advocates have already been raising concerns about the way that the company manages the personal data that it collects and this may only incense them further. They are not alone in their doubts of the social network’s management and protection of sensitive data, as it has also received the scrutiny of European and American regulators.

Facebook is not alone in this type of geolocation initiative, as both Google Inc. and Apple Inc. have already both created and implemented their own versions of location tracking.

Facebook Graph Search could change marketing

Facebook graph search social media marketingFacebook Graph Search introduced as new search function

Facebook’s search function has never been something to write home about, which is why the social network has decided to make significant changes to the feature. The social network has launched its latest development, called Facebook Graph Search. The new feature is meant to change the way users find information via Facebook by giving them the opportunity to search for specific keywords and control the parameters of the search itself. While this may be a nice change for casual users, this could be a major boon for advertisers and businesses.

Facebook Graph Search opens new possibilities for marketers

Facebook Graph Search is designed to provide users with real time information based on their association with other people and organizations within the Facebook network. The major feature of the new search function is the use of keywords. These keywords will allow users to localize their searchers, finding only the information they really want to see. Casual users are likely to find some degree of benefit in using the new search function, but advertisers may benefit the most from the changes Facebook has made.

Location-based marketing could be supported through new search function

Advertisers can use the Facebook Graph Search to better target their audience. The search function will put a great deal of information at the finger tips of marketers and other organizations interested in reaching out to particular demographics. This will allow advertisers to develop location-based marketing strategies based on the information that can be found through the Facebook Graph Search. The new search function could soon become a very powerful tool in a marketer’s advertising arsenal.

New search initiative may net Facebook healthy gains

Reaching out to consumers in an effective way is a practice that continues to evolve. Facebook has paid attention to the way consumers have changed over the years to become more reliant on social media. Social networks, like Facebook, traffic a great deal of information on a daily basis, much of which can be used by an advertiser to connect with a certain audience. Thus, Facebook has begun to take steps to cater more toward advertisers, which may provide lucrative incentives for this information in return.