The fun part is that, while Oculus connect is a conference about VR, there was no virtual reality aspect to it. According to Facebook, Oculus Connect 7 will be

What are Facebook’s SWOTs?

STRENGTH

Facebook’s Acquisition Game

Facebook has done 67 acquisitions so far according to Crunchbase.

And unlike terribly run companies like Yahoo, Facebook’s acquisition game is incredibly strong.

They Bought:

Whatsapp for $19 Billion

Instagram for $1 Billion

And Oculus a VR startup for $2 Billion

Zuckerberg has a vision, he is innovating and he is building a bigger moat around Facebook, he sees the importance of new markets such as Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality and this is why Facebook is and will be a succes. By acquiring new companies, Zuckerberg is preparing Facebook for a new future and they want to have a enormous market share in this future as they already have in social media.

WEAKNESSES

Here are some points from Facebook’s annual report:

(Most of them are very general and every company deals with things as competition but a lot of points are very interesting and worth reading)

Risks Related to Our Business and Industry:

  1. If we fail to retain existing users or add new users, or if our users decrease their level of engagement with our products, our revenue, financial results, and business may be significantly harmed.
  2. We generate substantially all of our revenue from advertising. The loss of marketers, or reduction in spending by marketers, could seriously harm our business.
  3. Our user growth, engagement, and monetization on mobile devices depend upon effective operation with mobile operating systems, networks, and standards that we do not control.
  4. Our business is highly competitive. Competition presents an ongoing threat to the success of our business.
  5. Action by governments to restrict access to Facebook or our other products in their countries could substantially harm our business and financial results.
  6. Our new products and changes to existing products could fail to attract or retain users or generate revenue and profits.
  7. We make product and investment decisions that may not prioritize short-term financial results.
  8. If we are not able to maintain and enhance our brands, or if events occur that damage our reputation and brands, our ability to expand our base of users, marketers, and developers may be impaired, and our business and financial results may be harmed.
  9. Security breaches and improper access to or disclosure of our data or user data, or other hacking and phishing attacks on our systems, could harm our reputation and adversely affect our business.
  10. Unfavorable media coverage could negatively affect our business.
  11. Our financial results will fluctuate from quarter to quarter and are difficult to predict.
  12. We expect our rates of growth to decline in the future.
  13. Our costs are continuing to grow, which could harm our business and profitability.
  14. Our business is subject to complex and evolving U.S. and foreign laws and regulations regarding privacy, data protection, competition, consumer protection, and other matters. Many of these laws and regulations are subject to change and uncertain interpretation, and could result in claims, changes to our business practices, monetary penalties, increased cost of operations, or declines in user growth or engagement, or otherwise harm our business.
  15. We have been subject to regulatory investigations and settlements, and we expect to continue to be subject to such proceedings and other inquires in the future, which could cause us to incur substantial costs or require us to change our business practices in a manner materially adverse to our business.
  16. If we are unable to protect our intellectual property, the value of our brands and other intangible assets may be diminished, and our business may be adversely affected.
  17. We are currently, and expect to be in the future, party to patent lawsuits and other intellectual property rights claims that are expensive and time consuming and, if resolved adversely, could have a significant impact on our business, financial condition, or results of operations.
  18. We are involved in numerous class action lawsuits and other litigation matters that are expensive and time consuming, and, if resolved adversely, could harm our business, financial condition, or results of operations.
  19. We may incur liability as a result of information retrieved from or transmitted over the Internet or published using our products or as a result of claims related to our products.
  20. Our CEO has control over key decision making as a result of his control of a majority of the voting power of our outstanding capital stock.
  21. We plan to continue to make acquisitions, which could harm our financial condition or results of operations and may adversely affect the price of our common stock.
  22. We may not be able to successfully integrate our acquisitions, and we may incur significant costs to integrate and support the companies we acquire.
  23. If our goodwill or finite-lived intangible assets become impaired, we may be required to record a significant charge to earnings.
  24. Our business is dependent on our ability to maintain and scale our technical infrastructure, and any significant disruption in our service could damage our reputation, result in a potential loss of users and engagement, and adversely affect our financial results
  25. We could experience unforeseen difficulties in building and operating key portions of our technical infrastructure.
  26. Our products and internal systems rely on software that is highly technical, and if it contains undetected errors or vulnerabilities, our business could be adversely affected.
  27. Technologies have been developed that can block the display of our ads, which could adversely affect our financial results.
  28. Real or perceived inaccuracies in our user and other metrics may harm our reputation and negatively affect our business.
  29. We cannot assure you that we will effectively manage our growth.
  30. The loss of one or more of our key personnel, or our failure to attract and retain other highly qualified personnel in the future, could harm our business.
  31. We may not be able to continue to successfully grow usage of and engagement with mobile and web applications that integrate with Facebook and our other products.
  32. We currently generate substantially all of our Payments revenue from developers that use Facebook on personal computers, and we expect that our Payments revenue will continue to decline in the future as usage of Facebook on personal computers continues to decline.
  33. Payment transactions may subject us to additional regulatory requirements and other risks that could be costly and difficult to comply with or that could harm our business.
  34. We have significant international operations and plan to continue expanding our operations abroad where we have limited operating experience, and this may subject us to increased business and economic risks that could affect our financial results.
  35. We face design, manufacturing, and supply chain risks that, if not properly managed, could adversely impact our financial results.
  36. We may face inventory risk with respect to our Oculus products.
  37. We may have exposure to greater than anticipated tax liabilities.
  38. Changes in tax laws or tax rulings could materially affect our financial position and results of operations.
  39. We cannot guarantee that our recently announced share repurchase program will be fully consummated or that it will enhance long-term stockholder value. Share repurchases could also increase the volatility of the trading price of our stock and could diminish our cash reserves.
  40. We do not intend to pay cash dividends for the foreseeable future.

OPPORTUNITIES

Next to the things mentioned below i think growing Facebook in countries such as India and China could offer a great oppurtunity and would increase revenues enormously.

Market Opportunity

Advertising Market Opportunity

Advertisers’ objectives range from building long-term brand awareness to stimulating an immediate purchase. We offer advertising solutions that are designed to be engaging for users and personalized to users’ demographics and interests in order to help advertisers better achieve their goals. Facebook’s combination of reach, relevance, social context, and engagement gives advertisers enhanced opportunities to generate brand awareness and affiliation, while also creating new ways to generate near-term demand for their products from consumers likely to have purchase intent. According to an industry source, total worldwide advertising spending in 2010 was $588 billion. Our addressable market opportunity includes portions of many existing advertising markets, including the traditional offline branded advertising, online display advertising, online performance-based advertising, and mobile advertising markets.

• Traditional Offline Branded Advertising.

Television, print, and radio accounted for $363 billion, or 62% of the total advertising market in 2010 according to an industry source. Historically, advertisers interested in generating awareness of and demand for their brands have heavily relied on these offline media to reach their audiences at scale. We believe that these brand advertisers will increasingly dedicate a portion of their advertising dollars to Facebook because the broad audiences they are trying to reach are active on Facebook on a daily basis, because we can reach their desired audiences with precision, and because they can spark word of mouth marketing through Facebook. In December 2011, an advertiser could reach an estimated audience of more than 65 million U.S. users in a typical day on Facebook. By comparison, the 2011 season finale of American Idol was viewed by an estimated U.S. audience of 29 million people. In 2011, our advertising customers included each of the 100 largest global advertising spenders, as ranked by an industry source. Examples of Facebook advertising campaigns by large brand advertisers include:

– Nike launched its “Write the Future” campaign on Facebook as an integral part of its 2010 World Cup marketing effort. The launch placement was seen by 140 million users in 20 countries and users engaged with the message more than seven million times by taking actions such as watching the three-minute embedded video, or Liking, clicking, or Commenting on the ad.

– American Express purchased ads on Facebook and put its Facebook Page at the center of its advertising campaign in November 2010 to introduce and promote “Small Business Saturday,” a new local initiative designed to encourage shopping at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The ads reached 84 million Facebook users over the three week campaign. American Express continued the campaign in 2011. The campaign reached 91 million people, including 74 million who were shown an ad that featured a connection with their Facebook friends, successfully leveraging social context at scale. We believe that advertising on Facebook contributed to the successful results of the Small Business Saturday campaign; in 2011 public awareness of Small Business Saturday rose to 65% from 37% in 2010. Additionally, American Express saw a 23% increase in Cardmember transactions at small business merchants on Small Business Saturday.

Online Advertising.

From 2010 to 2015, the worldwide online advertising market is projected to increase from $68 billion to $120 billion, representing 12% and 16%, respectively, of the worldwide advertising market according to an industry source. Currently, the online advertising market is generally divided between display advertising, where the advertiser is seeking impressions, and performance-based advertising, where the advertiser is seeking clicks or conversions.

– Display Advertising.

Online display advertising typically includes banner ads, interstitials, video ads, and rich media ads that aim to reach large numbers of consumers within a particular audience segment. Display advertisers run impression-based campaigns on Facebook in order to reach our large user base and because of the amount of time that users spend with us. Since January 2011, Log In or Sign Up has been the number one website worldwide as measured by total minutes spent and total page views, according to an industry source. On average, users in the aggregate spent more than 9.7 billion minutes per day on Facebook on personal computers during December 2011. Display advertisers also use Facebook in order to more precisely reach their target audiences among our users and to leverage social context and our social distribution channels to increase engagement. Examples of display advertising campaigns on Facebook include:

– Walmart U.S. purchased advertising on Facebook targeting users in the United States between the ages of 18 and 49 during the days surrounding “Black Friday” in November 2011. The campaign, which encouraged users to download a Black Friday shopping map of their local Walmart U.S. store to help them find great prices faster, reached 60 million Facebook users.

– Diageo, the world’s largest producer of spirits, purchased advertising on Facebook for a portfolio of its brands, including Captain Morgan rum and Smirnoff vodka, in order to increase market share for its products by targeting users in the United States over the age of 21. The campaign reached 50 million Facebook users, drove a 20% increase in offline sales, and achieved a significant return on investment as measured by an industry source.

Performance-based Advertising.

Performance-based online advertising has typically involved advertisers seeking a specific user behavior such as a click on a search ad or a keyword-based content ad, a response to an email campaign, or an online purchase. We enable new forms of performance-based advertising, where advertisers can connect with users who are likely to have demand for their products based on the information that our users have chosen to share. We believe that performance-based campaigns on Facebook allow advertisers to offer their products to users with inferred intent and enhance users’ experiences by showing them relevant ads tailored to their specific interests. Examples of performance-based advertising on Facebook include:

– A local concert promoter advertised available tickets for an upcoming concert to users who lived in the metropolitan area where the concert was to be held and who had also Liked the artist.

– 1800-flowers purchased a Mother’s Day advertising campaign on Facebook targeted at its fans and friends of its fans in order to drive traffic to its website and increase sales.

– Social game developers including Disney, Electronic Arts, and Zynga purchased performance-based advertising on Facebook to drive player acquisition by promoting new game launches and existing games.

Mobile Advertising.

The global mobile advertising market was $1.5 billion in 2010 and is expected to grow at a 64% compound annual rate to $17.6 billion in 2015 according to an industry source. According to a third-party report published in September 2010, the Facebook app is the most frequently downloaded app across all major smartphone platforms in the United States. We had more than 425 million MAUs who used Facebook mobile products in December 2011. We currently do not show ads or directly generate any meaningful revenue from users accessing Facebook through our mobile products, but we believe that we may have potential future monetization opportunities such as the inclusion of sponsored stories in users’ mobile News Feeds.

Advertising on the social web is a significant market opportunity that is still emerging and evolving. We believe that most advertisers are still learning and experimenting with the best ways to leverage reach, relevance, social context, and engagement offered by Facebook. We will continue to balance our efforts to build effective products for advertisers while also prioritizing the overall user experience, and this balancing effort will influence the number of ads we show and the formats and prominence of the ads. Our strategy centers on the belief that more social and relevant ad products are more valuable for both users and advertisers.

Currently the substantial majority of our revenue is generated by advertisers from more developed online advertising markets including the United States, western Europe, Canada, and Australia. There are also many emerging ad markets in which we sell ads and other commercial content, and we expect continued growth in advertiser demand as these markets mature, we achieve increased levels of user penetration and engagement, and we further expand our sales resources dedicated to these markets.

Our Market Opportunity for Payments

When users purchase virtual and digital goods from our Platform developers using our Payments infrastructure, we receive fees that represent a portion of the transaction value. Currently, substantially all of the Payments transactions between our users and Platform developers are for virtual goods used in social games, for example virtual tractors in the social game FarmVille. According to an industry source, the worldwide revenue generated from the sale of virtual goods increased from $2 billion in 2007 to $7 billion in 2010, and is forecasted to increase to $15 billion by 2014. Payments integration is currently required in apps on Facebook that are categorized as games, and we may seek to extend the use of Payments to other types of apps in the future. Our future revenue from Payments will depend on many factors, including our success in enabling Platform developers to build experiences that engage users and create user demand for their products, and the fee arrangements we are able to negotiate in the future.

Our Strategy

We are in the early days of pursuing our mission to make the world more open and connected. We believe that we have a significant opportunity to further enhance the value we deliver to users, developers, and advertisers. Key elements of our strategy are:

• Expand Our Global User Community.

There are more than two billion global Internet users according to an industry source and we aim to connect all of them. We had 845 million MAUs globally with approximately 80% accessing Facebook from outside the United States as of December 31, 2011. We continue to focus on growing our user base across all geographies, including relatively less-penetrated, large markets such as Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, and South Korea. We intend to grow our user base by continuing our marketing and user acquisition efforts and enhancing our products, including mobile apps, in order to make Facebook more accessible and useful.

• Build Great Social Products to Increase Engagement.

We prioritize product development investments that we believe will create engaging interactions between our users, developers, and advertisers on Facebook, across the web, and on mobile devices. We continue to invest significantly in improving our core products such as News Feed, Photos, and Groups, developing new products such as Timeline and Ticker, and enabling new Platform apps and website integrations.

• Provide Users with the Most Compelling Experience.

Facebook users are sharing and receiving more information across a broader range of devices. To provide the most compelling user experience, we continue to develop products and technologies focused on optimizing our social distribution channels to deliver the most useful content to each user by analyzing and organizing vast amounts of information in real time.

• Build Engaging Mobile Experiences.

We are devoting substantial resources to developing engaging mobile products and experiences for a wide range of platforms, including smartphones and feature phones. In addition, we are working across the mobile industry with operators, hardware manufacturers, operating system providers, and developers to improve the Facebook experience on mobile devices and make Facebook available to more people around the world. We had more than 425 million MAUs who used Facebook mobile products in December 2011. We believe that mobile usage of Facebook is critical to maintaining user growth and engagement over the long term, and we are actively seeking to grow mobile usage, although such usage does not currently directly generate any meaningful revenue.

• Enable Developers to Build Great Products Using the Facebook Platform.

The success of Platform developers and the vibrancy of our Platform ecosystem are key to increasing user engagement. Social games have achieved significant levels of adoption by Facebook users, and we are also focused on enabling the development of apps in categories beyond games. For example, our latest enhancements to the Facebook Platform have enabled new types of social apps that facilitate sharing and serendipitous discovery of music, news, movies, television programming, and other everyday interests such as cooking and running. User engagement with our Platform developers’ apps and websites creates value for Facebook in multiple ways: our Platform supports our advertising business because apps on Facebook create user engagement that enables us to show ads; our Platform developers purchase advertising on Facebook to drive traffic to their apps and websites; Platform developers use our Payment system to facilitate transactions with users; and users’ engagement with Platform apps and websites contributes to our understanding of users’ interests and preferences, improving our ability to personalize content. We continue to invest in tools and APIs that enhance the ability of Platform developers to deliver products that are more social and personalized and better engage users on Facebook, across the web, and on mobile devices. Additionally, we plan to invest in enhancing our Payments offerings and in making the Payments experience on Facebook as seamless and convenient as possible for users and Platform developers.

• Improve Ad Products for Advertisers and Users.

We plan to continue to improve our ad products in order to create more value for advertisers and enhance their ability to make their advertising more social and relevant for users. Our advertising strategy centers on the belief that ad products that are social, relevant, and well-integrated with other content on Facebook can enhance the user experience while providing an attractive return for advertisers. We intend to invest in additional products for our advertisers and marketers, such as our recent introduction of sponsored stories in News Feed, while continuing to balance our monetization objectives with our commitment to optimizing the user experience. We also continue to focus on analytics and measurement tools to evaluate, demonstrate, and improve the effectiveness of ad campaigns on Facebook.

THREATS

Competitors

We face significant competition in almost every aspect of our business, including from companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Twitter, which offer a variety of Internet products, services, content, and online advertising offerings, as well as from mobile companies and smaller Internet companies that offer products and services that may compete with specific Facebook features. We also face competition from traditional and online media businesses for advertising budgets. We compete broadly with Google’s social networking offerings, including Google+, and also with other, largely regional, social networks that have strong positions in particular countries, including Cyworld in Korea, Mixi in Japan, Orkut (owned by Google) in Brazil and India, and vKontakte in Russia. We would also face competition from companies in China such as Renren, Sina, and Tencent in the event that we are able to access the market in China in the future. As we introduce new products, as our existing products evolve, or as other companies introduce new products and services, we may become subject to additional competition. Some of our current and potential competitors have significantly greater resources and better competitive positions in certain markets than we do. These factors may allow our competitors to respond more effectively than us to new or emerging technologies and changes in market requirements. Our competitors may develop products, features, or services that are similar to ours or that achieve greater market acceptance, may undertake more far-reaching and successful product development efforts or marketing campaigns, or may adopt more aggressive pricing policies. In addition, Platform partners may use information shared by our users through the Facebook Platform in order to develop products or features that compete with us. Certain competitors, including Google, could use strong or dominant positions in one or more markets to gain competitive advantage against us in areas where we operate including: by integrating competing social networking platforms or features into products they control such as search engines, web browsers, or mobile device operating systems; by making acquisitions; or by making access to Facebook more difficult. As a result, our competitors may acquire and engage users at the expense of the growth or engagement of our user base, which may negatively affect our business and financial results.

Fake News

We recently saw with the US election that fake news is a big threat but it may not be such a threat to Facebook but rather to society. You see while this fake news thing caused a disaster in the US weirdly enough Facebook profited from it. Fake stories get more attention and more attention means more revenue for Facebook the only threat which i see is that Facebook will be banned in some countries or will get enormous fines.

Harrasment

Hateful comments on Facebook and any other site are a threat to the internet it is just very annoying and shameful that people say certain things online, the internet has allowed people to be ‘’anonymous’’ and let them just say whatever they want without any consequences. Luckily we here at Quora have a BNBR policy which destorys trolls i know that most Quorans aren’t happy with most of the BNBR policy but it is still beter than no policy at all. I find it quite ironic that the CEO of Quora worked at Facebook.

People posting and streaming awful things

Facebook has had some terrible things happening on their platform for example: recently an American citizen live-streamed himself shooting another person on Facebook this is just awful and it’s very hard for Facebook to prevent this.

Source: Facebook S-1