Finally: Facebook’s Pages Manager App Officially Arrives on Android

FB-PAges-Manager-In-Action Android wielding Facebook Admins can now rejoice! Facebook Pages Manager has officially made its way to the Android operating system. The app can be found in the Google Play Store for U.S. and U.K. users and is in the process of being rolled out to a a limited number of regions including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. According to an official press release, the app includes all of the same features of the iOS version that was launched back in May of 2012. This includes the ability to: Check on their Page activity View Page Insights Respond to a page audience  Pos [...]


Facebook Augments Development Platform With Alerts For Developers & Groups For Apps And Games

facebook-logo-square Facebook made many a developer jump for joy last week as a handful of changes were rolled out to aid in development. The two most notable implementations were the ability to create groups around a specific app or game and the addition of alerts for developers' apps. The new developer alerts will deliver messages to the people listed as admins to the app when a number of actions occur. The developer alerts will be triggered on the following actions: Breaking changes - If functionality is being removed or changed that affects an app, an alert will be delivered. These reminders will [...]


Facebook Questions Is Finally Dead

facebook-question-mark Talk about stringing something along: Months after removing its dedicated Questions app, Facebook has finally removed the "Ask Question" option from the status update text box above the News Feed. That currently leaves users with two options: Update Status and Add Photo/Video. Facebook Questions first launched in July 2010 and was thought to be an eventual challenger to Yahoo Answers, the king of the Q&A space. But, as I wrote in my August article, Facebook Questions Has Died A Quiet Death, that never happened. At some point earlier this year, Facebook quietly removed the dedicated Q [...]


“Explicitly Shared” Facebook Actions Aim To Drive Visibility To Prominent Sharing

facebook-logo-square So far the Open Graph has been a boon for apps as users can auto-post and share without a second thought given. Well this week Facebook announced a new shared parameter that will help users cut through the inevitable noise that the Open Graph (and auto-posting) causes. Instead of having an action within an app fall into one's ticker, the new explicitly shared update will appear as if a user entered the post directly within Facebook. This new parameter was designed to be mainly used for items that users would want to be sharing on Facebook, not low-signal activities like in-game pur [...]


Facebook Questions Has Died A Quiet Death

facebook-question-mark Has anyone seen Facebook Questions lately? Oh sure, you've seen questions on Facebook. And you've probably asked questions on facebook -- the "Ask Question" option is alive and well on the status box, as you can see above. But Facebook Questions, the separate application that launched just over two years ago is nowhere to be found. When Facebook Questions launched in its limited beta, it was accessible at facebook.com/?sk=questions. When it rolled out to all Facebook users in March 2011, the URL changed to facebook.com/questions. That's where you could go to see and search for q [...]


Facebook To Offer App-Related Mobile Ads, WSJ Says

facebook-logo Facebook's mobile business strategy may be taking another step later this month with the launch of app-related advertisements -- ads that could be a boon for developers, but could also lead to more privacy-related scrutiny. The Wall Street Journal cites "people familiar with the company's plans" in saying that Facebook will give advertisers a way to "place ads for apps directly in a users' News Feed on their mobile devices." And it doesn't matter if the user has expressed an interest in the company. Facebook would charge companies every time an app is installed on users' smartphones, one [...]


Facebook Getting Rid Of “Credits,” Adding Subscription Payments

Screen shot 2012-06-19 at 1.20.04 PM Facebook Credits is going away; long live the Facebook payments infrastructure. Today the company is doing two things to boost payments on Facebook and simplify accepting payments for developers. The company is adding subscriptions to enable developers or publishers to establish recurring revenue steams. Right now there are in-app payments and one-time purchases. This new offering allows app developers to charge a monthly fee for content updates or premium content. The second thing that Facebook is doing is getting rid of the "Facebook Credits" name or brand. The company says it wants to [...]


Facebook’s Mobile & Web App Hub, App Center, Officially Launches

facebook-logo-sm Facebook's web & mobile app marketplace deemed "App Center" officially launches tonight.  Announced last month, App Center will be available today and will launch with 600+ apps including Pinterest, Nike+, Draw Something and many more. The App Center will also be personalized to each user, with recommendations coming from app usage, friend data as well as ratings and reviews. This comes on the heels of the iOS6 rumors pairing Apple and Facebook for a deeper integration. Also released were some Facebook app statistics: More than 230 million people play games on Facebook every [...]


Facebook Launches Standalone Camera App; Whither Flickr, Google+ & Pinterest?

facebook-camera-photos-featured Later today, Facebook Camera will be available as a standalone app for the iPhone. That's probably great news for a lot of Facebook users, but on a bigger scale, Google+ and Flickr probably have good reason to be worried. As shown in Facebook's announcement, the new Camera app will allow both photo sharing and consumption. Users can publish multiple photos at once, rather than posting one photo at a time. They can tag friends, add a location and/or include a description. There's also a few photo editing tools -- cropping, rotating and so forth. Or, they can use the app to browse through and [...]


Facebook Page Manager Mobile App Spotted In The Wild

The stress of page management for mobile may be coming to an end.  The site 9to5mac reported of an iPhone app that was spotted in New Zealand called "Pages Manager."  The app looks quite similar to the current Facebook iPhone app but has more in depth management features. The screens show a lack of messaging which would be a very helpful tool for page managers on the go: The shots of this app look very promising as new functionality exists from the traditional app.  Insights and notifications will included which will help to keep admins dialed into everything that's happeni [...]


Facebook Announces App Center, The Hub For Social Apps

facebook-apps-featured Facebook apps are are getting a new centralized, mobile-friendly destination for users.  The App Center has been officialy announced as the new home for all social apps.  Apps can be easily viewed, sorted, search, reviewed and previewed: Not only does the App Center look slicker, it will have a variety of benefits for users and developers.  Facebook stressed that app success revolves around quality (engagement & ratings) and have added new app metrics into Insights: This information will be crucial for App Center visibility.  Facebook states: "Well-designed apps that peo [...]


Most Mobile Time Spent In Apps: Google Has Top Reach, Facebook Has Highest Engagement

Screen shot 2012-05-08 at 7.23.47 AM Mobile analytics provider Flurry reported previously that people are spending huge amounts of time with mobile apps, more time than with the mobile browser and more time than on the PC. This may seem to some implausible, but comScore adds further credibility to the findings with its first "Mobile Metrix 2.0" report. The data show that "4 in every 5 mobile media minutes" is spent with apps (vs. the mobile browser). Previously comScore had been reporting that apps and the mobile browser have roughly equal audiences. That's still true but the company now confirms that people spend far more tim [...]


Report: Use of Facebook Social Reader App Is Plummeting

Last September, WaPo Labs (a division of The Washington Post Co.), launched the Washington Post social reader app to make reading and sharing news instant.  Today, the app appears to be losing some of its steam.  The social reader has upset many users as some people don't like the fact that others can see what they are reading (a feature that can be hidden) and some are unhappy that users must authenticate the app before reading an article. The required authentication has helped to make Social Reader one of the fastest growing apps ever.  However, social news site BuzzFeed, has re [...]


StumbleUpon’s New Facebook App Integrates User Activity Into Timeline

The popular social discovery site StumbleUpon just released a Timeline enabled Facebook app to help users share StumbleUpon content on Facebook.  The app will help to consolidate discoveries, follows and interests. In a blog post announcing the new app, StumbleUpon stated: "As with your other Timeline apps, your StumbleUpon activity will be published to your Timeline in a more streamlined format, so it’s easier for your Facebook friends to view and stay up-to-date on what you’re interested in. Rather than being displayed one at a time, your Likes will be grouped together. We’ll [...]


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