Facebook Save — A New Read-It-Later Option For Facebook Posts & Pages

IntroducingSave2 Facebook tied up one of the loose ends in its mobile and web product today, announcing a bookmarking feature that allows users to save posts for later viewing. The new feature, called Save, is arriving fairly late in the read-it-later game, behind well developed services like Pocket and Instapaper that have grown popular with people looking to store their reading lists in one convenient place. Those services also cache stories to be read offline. Facebook's doesn't. But Facebook's Save does has something no similar product has: the enormous scale of Facebook's 1.28 billion active users. [...]

Google’s Answer To Facebook’s Oculus Rift Is Cheap “Cardboard”

Google Cardboard VR Goggles I was blown away when I recently strapped on the Oculus Rift headset and experienced the potential of virtual reality (VR). Facebook saw that potential and spent roughly $2 billion on the company earlier this year. At last week's Google I/O, the company introduced its answer to Oculus Rift and may have largely undermined Facebook's move to dominate the virtual-reality future of the internet. The image at right is Google's cardboard headset. It uses a smartphone, some open-source software and a few other bits of inexpensive hardware to create a low-cost VR headset. The company introduced [...]

Facebook Debuts Real-Time “Trending” Topics On The Web

facebook-hashtags-featured Just ahead of the Super Bowl, the Oscars and the Winter Olympics, Facebook has launched a redesigned Trending section on the web. The update is an effort to make Facebook the place to know what's going on in the real-time zeitgeist. And, the comparison to Twitter's Trending Topics is obvious. Trending is "designed to surface interesting and relevant conversations in order to help you discover the best content from all across Facebook," according to the announcement. The lists are personalized to some extent, based on "things you're interested in". When users click on a topic, they ar [...]

Facebook Begins Testing New “Stories To Share” Feature For Media Sites & Publishers

share-featured Facebook announced a new "Stories to Share" feature today, a tool that allows media sites to post suggested content on their Facebook page directly from the Insights Dashboard on the admin panel. According to Facebook: Stories to share makes it even easier for media sites to find the most engaging content they might want to post on Facebook. For instance, TIME can see suggestions of stories they have published to TIME.com but they have not yet shared to their Facebook fans. Facebook says the "Stories to Share" feature is being tested by media sites and publishers, and not currently availa [...]

With Acquisition Facebook Now Speaks “Jibbigo”

Jibbigo As widely reported yesterday, Facebook has acquired Mobile Technologies (MT) and its translation app "Jibbigo." There are a wide range of potential applications of the technology for a global site and platform such as Facebook. They extend to translating real-time communications in Messenger, translating News Feed and even ads. Facebook's long-term vision for MT probably goes well beyond these relatively straightforward translation scenarios. In a sense this is another "Facebook is a mobile company" play. But it's far from mobile only. The technology can be used in PC and "offline" contexts [...]

Facebook Mobile Pages Integrate OpenTable And TV Listings

Facebook mobile OpenTable Dinner and a show. Facebook is introducing new content and features to selected mobile Pages to make them more engaging and useful. The company said this afternoon that it is integrating OpenTable booking into Facebook mobile Pages for restaurants in North America. In addition, TV listings information will appear on TV and movie Pages. In the latter case, "Listings will be based on your current time zone and include the channel name, air time and a description of the show or movie playing." In the case of OpenTable, users will be able to book restaurants directly through their mo [...]

Facebook Tests Trending Topics On Mobile Site

facebook Facebook has started a very limited test that shows trending topics to select U.S. users of its mobile website. The test, first reported by AllThingsD, inserts a News Feed banner/widget listing popular topics that are being discussed across Facebook. Clicking the widget then shows the user what his/her friends are saying about the topic, followed by posts from strangers about it. Facebook is sharing this official statement about the test: Today we started running a small test that displays topics trending on Facebook. It is currently only available to a small percentage of U.S. users [...]

Facebook Wants More App Developers Using Sections, Offers Best Practices & Adds New Analytics to App Insights

facebook-wrench-screw-featured In an effort to get more app developers on board using sections, the Facebook Developer blog released a list of best practices for creating customized sections and added section timeline analytics to their App Insight tool. After replacing aggregations with app sections last month, Facebook has rolled-out sections to everyone, and according to the blog post, "...are seeing almost 200 million items added daily." With sections, users can rate movie, TV show and book content directly on their timeline, as well as include ratings from apps. By highlighting a number of apps already using section [...]

The Hilarious In-Person Tour Of A Facebook Update [Video]

The folks from sketch comedy group Extremely Decent  have personified the frustration many users have felt upon seeing yet another update to the Facebook UI. Ready for your friends and friends-of-friends to have access to your music and photos? Want to find out about all the events you've been invited to? Take the tour! Here it is: A Facebook Update In Real Life [youtube]http://youtu.be/JvQcabZ1zrk[/youtube] [...]

Hands On With Facebook Home Cover Feed And Chat Heads

facebook-home-phones Earlier, we covered the launch of Facebook "Home," the company's homescreen strategy for Android devices (also see live blog). As expected, Facebook also introduced a branded phone, the HTC "First." The First is available in the US exclusively from AT&T for $99 (locked and with a contract). There are lots of interesting implications from the announcement today that we'll explore in other stories in the coming days. However, in this post, I'll go through some of the basic features of Cover Feed and Chat Heads, as well as how Home affects the general Android handset experience. What [...]

Report: #Hooray, Hashtags Coming To A Facebook News Feed Near You

facebook-hashtag-featured To date, Twitter has owned the market on real-time, crowd-sourced information. Whether it's during the Super Bowl, Television, or cultural events -- users flock to Twitter (and hashtags) to see what's happening. Our own Danny Sullivan summed up the current Facebook/Twitter experience masterfully in the article "For Social Media Viewing, Twitter Is Live TV, Facebook Is DVR." Well, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Facebook wants out of its DVR status and in on the hashtag. Sure both Google+ and Instagram support tags, but Facebook has typically stayed far away from th [...]

Facebook Redesigns Timeline: Streamlined Look, More Prominent Apps, Developer Tools & Rules

facebook-home-page-featured The "Pinterestization" of Facebook continues. The company today introduced changes to Timeline that allow users to more easily and prominently display collections of things they like (via apps). This was part of the introduction of an overall Timeline redesign. Images in posts are larger and are seen on the right (a mirror of some of the recent News Feed changes), while other photos, music and recent activity are clustered in a slightly narrower column on the left. There's also a bigger emphasis on apps as sources of self expression. App-based custom collections (movies, books, im [...]

Facebook’s New News Feed: The Before & After Look

facebook-newsfeed-featured Facebook has a new look to its news feed rolling out. How different is it? Not only is it a new visually pleasing look, but it also has substantial changes to the amount of "rich" information shown about content. Below, some before-and-after from my own news feed. Let's start with this: That's what I saw at the top of my news feed in the old look, with a post from George Takei followed by a "Most Shared" box for Rolling Stone, showing me a popular story from the magazine, which I follow on Facebook. Now the new look: The first big change is that much more space is being devoted to new [...]

Facebook News Feed Evolving Into “The Best Personalized Newspaper”

Screen Shot 2013-03-07 at 11.11.19 AM While most people don't think of Facebook as the equivalent of a "personalized newspaper," that's how many inside Facebook think about News Feed. And that was the metaphor repeatedly used throughout the presentation today. But more on that later. Here's our related coverage from today: How To Get The New Facebook News Feed Power To Separate Feeds: A Look At The Filtering Inside The New Facebook News Feed Facebook’s New News Feed: The Before & After Look And now, an overview of what Facebook announced today. In a nutshell, here are the changes: Less clutter on the homepa [...]

How To Get The New Facebook News Feed

Facebook News Feed | Facebook So, you've read about the new look for Facebook's news feed and want to try it yourself? Here's how. The new look is rolling out today to those who request it. Go here to do that, and use the "Try the new look" button: After you've done that, you'll get a confirmation: Then it's waiting time. When you're in, you'll see a message in at the top of your feed: Select the "Give It a Try" button, and you'll enable it and get a little tour: The last part is nice. If you decide you prefer the old look, you can switch back. Facebook's Chris Cox, vice president of product, says there [...]

Power To Separate Feeds: A Look At The Filtering Inside The New Facebook News Feed

Feeds-Clear Facebook's new-look newsfeed features bigger, more dramatic images, revamped profile display and matching mobile experiences. However, the biggest change, hands down, is the separation of feeds. For the first time ever, Facebook is allowing users to filter their content directly from the newsfeed by specific content type. The feed selector is placed in prominent real estate. On the web version the choices are located in the upper right and on the mobile devices the feeds are located at the very top of the app. The new feed choices that users can select from are: All Friends Ima [...]

Report: Filterable, Content Specific Feeds Coming To The Facebook News Feed Tomorrow

Current-FB-size In a press event tomorrow, Facebook will be announcing big changes to the news feed ... again. According to TechCrunch, the changes will include filter-able content that will allow users to view specific content on their feed. Filterable options will exist on the top of the page and will include sorting the feed by music or photos according to the article. Additionally the new newsfeed will be much larger than the current format. This means larger images, articles and of course ads for users. Facebook recently updated the image size of images in links nearly 3x to 154px by 154px and accordi [...]

Facebook Fact Checks The New York Times Claim Of Lower Organic Engagement

facebook-people-happy-featured Yesterday, New York Times columnist Nick Bilton made claims that Facebook was limiting organic post visibility in favor of paid posts. Today, Facebook responded with a detailed fact check on how organic visibility works. In some experiments, Bilton found that paid posts saw 1,000 more interaction when he paid to promote it, and was limited to next to no visibility without payment. He talked about the downfall of subscribers where he once garnered triple-digit engagement which is now down to single-digit post interactions. He also claimed that Facebook may be purposefully restraining  [...]

Facebook To Showcase New Newsfeed On Thursday

Facebook Mobile -iphone iOS devices Facebook is holding a press event next Thursday at its Menlo Park, California headquarters. We'll be there live blogging the event at 10 Pacific/1 Eastern. The purpose of the event is to showcase a new look for Facebook's newsfeed. This may be both for mobile and the PC. According to an earlier article on TechCrunch (discussing mobile), the look of the new feed will be bolder and bigger, with new navigation: The news feed of the evolved Facebook app I’ve seen creates separate feeds for a few different content types including news and photos. Users navigate between them by swiping [...]

Facebook Search Graph To Impact Social Search

Search is the de facto way in which consumers navigate content platforms. Not just the Web via traditional search engines, but all types of platforms, from television to radio to music libraries. The fact that search has always been lacking from Facebook has long been a source of criticism and frustration. Facebook Search Graph There’s a lot of content on Facebook. Until Facebook Graph Search was announced by the company last Tuesday, there has been very little way to find or use it. It’s been impossible to search actual content, aside from given names or perhaps classmates. Graph Sea [...]

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