This Week In Social: Google’s CEO Steps Down, Facebook Pauses Phone Number Sharing

By Rob McNair

Google’s CEO Steps Down, Facebook Pauses Phone Number Sharing, CityVille Reaches 100 Million Users and Banksy’s Identity Is Auctioned On Ebay

Google’s CEO Steps Down


Eric Schmidt, the Chief Executive Officer of Google announced that he will step down as CEO via the Google Blog yesterday. Schmidt will stay on at Google as Executive Chairman whilst Larry Page wil take over as CEO. In the official blog post Schmidt said,

“Larry will now lead product development and technology strategy, his greatest strengths, and starting from April 4 he will take charge of our day-to-day operations as Google’s Chief Executive Officer. In this new role I know he will merge Google’s technology and business vision brilliantly. I am enormously proud of my last decade as CEO, and I am certain that the next 10 years under Larry will be even better! Larry, in my clear opinion, is ready to lead.”

According to the blog the change in the running of Google is to streamline decision making at the top, with Larry, Sergey, and Eric all taking new job roles.

Facebook Pauses Phone Number And Address Sharing



On January 15th Facebook announced through the Facebook Developer’s Blog that they have ‘improved’ permissions by making phone and address information accessible via an application request.

Three days later, on Tuesday the 18th Facebook announced that they would be pausing permission improvements after feedback from users:

“Over the weekend, we got some useful feedback that we could make people more clearly aware of when they are granting access to this data. We agree, and we are making changes to help ensure you only share this information when you intend to do so. We’ll be working to launch these updates as soon as possible, and will be temporarily disabling this feature until those changes are ready.”

Facebook has always encountered criticism over their privacy issues, and this case is no different.

CityVille Reaches 100 Million Monthly Active Users



The latest game from social gaming giant Zynga has reached a staggering 100 million monthly active users. Earlier this week Mashable reported that it took CityVille just 40 days to reach 100 million monthly active users, and under thirty days to surpass Farmville.

Guerilla Artist Banksy’s Identity Up For Auction On Ebay


Street artist Bansky is to have his identity revealed on ebay, the listing states that:

“I have uncovered [Banksy’s] identity by matching up the prices of his sold pieces to corresponding tax records. I will reveal no more details… I give you 100% assurance that it is most certainly the full name of the street artist known as ‘Banksy.’”

Mashable reported earlier this week that the leading bid was very close to $1 million US. There is no way of telling whether this is a legitimate claim or whether it’s a scam, but someone obviously believes!

Since mid week the listing has either been removed or isn’t available anymore.

It’s been quite a week this week! Do you think the restructure at the top of Google will incite any real change to the way they operate? Has Facebook gone too far by giving permission to phone numbers and address information? Could CityVille be the game that sees Zynga break away from Facebook? Will Banksy turn out to be Tony Blair?! We’d love to know your thoughts and predictions in the comments below…

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This post was written by Rob McNair

Rob has experience advising some of the worlds most iconic brands. He thrives on helping improving social media knowledge within organisations with the ultimate goal of making theirs brands more social, transparent and accountable.