On 3rd July 2019, the 3 top online platforms were plagued with server issues. Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram all had major issues. Photos could not be shared or seen and more.
So what happened, everyone flocked to twitter. There was a sigh of relief around the world that cups of coffee and cake, plates of food and a million more selfies never got shown. Perhaps, people actually decided to speak to each other, instead of communicate online only. Forget that last point, nobody knows how to do this anymore.
Joking aside, the major incident shows just how vulnerable the internet can be when one company Facebook which owns WhatsApp and Instagram, suffers major server issues which in turn impact all its other services and companies.
You might be thinking, so what. However, there are major side effects and consequences of this scenario. All three services are used across the globe to communicate from personally and for businesses. So when Facebook goes down, companies lose money. Small and large businesses use Facebook and Instagram to sell their products and services and whilst the advertising fees won’t get charged, the lost revenue is still lost revenue. This could be £10,000 a day for some companies. Maybe considerably more. Maybe a bit less. But multiply that by several million and the lost revenue is huge.
What if Facebook got hacked. Which imploded onto WhatsApp and Instagram and all the data got deleted and couldn’t be restored. Then what ?
Which begs the question, should one company like Facebook be allowed to be this powerful and on such a global scale?
Facebook is testing what could finally bring it direct revenue from the mobile gaming ecosystem beyond advertising.
The company is working with a handful of small mobile game developers to do publishing by offering distribution through mobile ads in exchange for a cut of revenue, according to sources familiar with the program.
So do you think there is room for another big player in this sector?
The above announcement of the HTC First, a Facebook phone and an app you can download on Google Play, Facebook Home was a major piece of news yesterday.
Facebook has just thrust itself aggressively into the mobile space and even Facebook declared its future was now firmly in the mobile space.
What was clever about the announcement is that it is a two pronged attack. Hardware and software. The HTC First is a 720p screen, 2000 maH battery, 16gb memory, 1gb ram, available in 4 colours and has Facebook deeply integrated. Facebook Home is a new launcher for a select number of phones.
With all of the above a key fact is Google Search is replaced with Facebook search. Search is essential for Google for its income. What Facebook has done is not only offered a fully inclusive piece of hardware along with a total experience on the software, but offered to convert other devices with a free download and remove Google’s income.
It is possible to being back Google search after installing Facebook home, but it won’t be long before Facebook offers its own App Store and more.
One thing is very certain, the battle for the mobile landscape is really hearing up between amazon, Facebook , Google, Amazon, Samsung and maybe HTC.
Facebook has invited select members of the press to an event on 15th January to show off what Facebook has been building.
So we could be looking at the unveiling of a Facebook phone, or a Facebook app for Windows RT/8, or a new service or feature that would be rolled in to existing apps. Maybe more development on voice calls.
What do you think?