This morning, Facebook is announcing a new standalone iPhone app called Paper. Contrary to earlier rumors, it's much more than just a news-reading app — it's a complete reimagining of Facebook itself. Once you've used it, you may never want to open the standard Facebook app again. It may not replicated every feature of Facebook's main app, but it does fulfill the majority of people's needs. Simply put, it's much, much better.
Facebook has released its 2013 Year In Review, which looks back at the stories, trends, and events that were shared most across the social network this last year. The year in review details the most talked about topics globally and for individual countries. It also shows the life events people felt most compelled to share (no surprises here, people love talking about their relationships).
The new version of Messenger, an app that lets users send messages on mobile devices, will be available to both iOS and Android users in the coming weeks. The updated app works a lot like SMS or texting; users can send messages to any of their mobile contacts through Messenger, not just their Facebook friends or friends of friends. This requires app users to include their mobile numbers in order to receive messages from non-Facebook friends.
Computer scientist and author Jaron Lanier has turned his back on the "information wants to free" meme to which he once subscribed, and he thinks advertising as a business model for media is doomed. the whole business of using advertising to fund communication on the Internet is inherently self-destructive, because the only stuff that can be advertised on Google or Facebook is stuff that Google hasn’t already forced to be free
Lately, not a day goes by that my inbox does not contain a request to “like” someone’s Facebook fan page. More often than not, I don’t know the person or have had limited interaction with them. Have we become so mired in the “like” quicksand that we’ve lost the notion that there needs to be a relationship first? Try walking into a public square and approach a stranger with these words: “Please Like Me” and see what happens. Is it any different online? Not really. Annoyance, like unsolicited junk mail, is the usual response
Facebook’s main advantage over similar, competing social networks is the head start it gained, meaning it’s now the place where all of our friends and family are. We aren’t loyal to Facebook, though. The situation is akin to picking which bar to go to on Saturday night. You might have three bars to choose from. Two you really like. One is just mediocre. But all your friends are going to the mediocre bar. So that’s where you go, too. The company you’re with is more important than the place you’re at.
That’s exactly why Facebook is vulnerable, though. If it was creating a great user experience and constantly providing innovative, desirable features, it would be one of our top destinations. Since it’s not, if a few key friends start to go to another bar, we’re likely to start going there, too. The only thing keeping us on the Facebook website over another location is the other people on it. As more and more friends go to another bar, eventually there won’t be any reason to stick with Facebook as a destination.
One thing that’s almost guaranteed to drive your friends nuts? Including them in status updates and location check-ins. 45 percent of us don’t like it when we appear in social media updates that others create, and 70 percent say that’s because they don’t like to broadcast their location.
The responsibility of dating sites should be to facilitate great first dates. Unfortunately, the dating industry has chosen to protect its charge-to-communicate business model instead of give consumers access to information to make an educated decision about a potential date: Is my date a real person? Who do we know in common and what mutual interests do we share?
But there is a site out there with 1 billion people that is quite familiar with my friends and me, as well as all of our interests: Facebook.
Facebook has announced it’s giving users more control over what they see in their News Feed, as well as letting them give feedback about what they’re seeing.
In your News Feed settings, you’ll now see a list of the most prominent Pages, Groups and people who have appeared in your feed over the past seven days. You can filter the view by people, Groups or Pages, or see them all at once. You can also unfollow directly from this section, and also see who you’ve previously unfollowed (and choose to re-follow them if you wish).
Facebook may be the latest tech company eyeing your health information.
The social network is reportedly looking into creating a healthcare-related app and "support communities" on the site where people suffering from certain ailments would be able to connect, according to a Reuters report.
Paper has transformed how I use Facebook and I have no intention of opening the original iPhone app again. It has some shortcomings, but I’m willing to forgive Facebook given this is only version one. What I didn’t expect, however, is for Paper to change my perception of what Facebook is about and how I can get the most out of it.
We’ve heard about how Facebook is losing its street cred and its teenage audience as more and more baby boomers (their parents) join the platform. Where are all the teenagers going to, then? The answer is WeChat.
Chinese messaging app WeChat is the fastest growing social app used by youths worldwide, according to a study by Global Web Index. The latest study was conducted based on the feedback from teenagers aged 16 to 19 globally, excluding China. WeChat saw a 1,021 percent increase in usage among youths between Q1 and Q3 2013. The second-fastest growing is Vine at a rate of 639 percent, followed by Flickr (254 percent)....
Facebook revealed more detail on how frequently it gets information requests from government agencies in a public statement late Friday. In a post on the company's press site, Facebook General Counsel Ted Ullyot said it received between 9,000-10,000 requests over the six-month period ending on Dec. 31, 2012.
That adds up to roughly 1,500 requests per month. Ullyot said the nature of the requests from "government entities" is quite varied, including things like a local sheriff trying to locate a missing child to national security agencies investigating terrorist activity.
Both companies have turned their focus away from users and toward shareholders to get bigger, not better. Revenue is great, but not at the expense of the product. Twitter's focus on improving ad revenue requires a consistent experience across the web, smartphones, and tablets, so it forced its once-elegant mobile apps to conform to a clunky desktop look, because that model works best for advertisers. That's the exact opposite of how product development is supposed to go.
A Cold War has been brewing between the two major social media services for the better part of a year — and it heated up Friday. That's when Facebookeffectively sent Twitter a little passive-agressive note about why it was blocking access to the Facebook Friends list on Twitter's Vine app.
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