Facebook at Work is Now Workplace, a Social Network for the Office

In an attempt to bring coworkers closer together, and maybe spawn a few more collaborative efforts, Facebook is making Workplace (formerly Facebook at Work), available to all. Essentially, Workplace will be a social network for the office, one which won’t be congested with political gibberish or cat videos posted by your whacky aunt. In fact, Workplace will have a separate login from your personal FB account, building an even larger space between the two accounts.  (more…)

Facebook to Soon Launch Dedicated ‘Events’ App for Android, Available Today on iOS

Facebook announced a new app this week, breaking yet another piece of the main Facebook mobile experience off into its own tangent. This time, it’s for Events, providing a new area for users to find all of the latest happenings in their area.

With Events, you can easily find concerts, track events you are already planning to attend, and other nightlife action. To begin, you will see a calendar, complete with things you are already scheduled for. If you happen to be free one night, you can find a local event that might interest you.
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Facebook Announces Messenger Lite, Catered to Those With Older Phones and Slower Connections

Facebook announced Messenger Lite this morning, a retooled Messenger app for users with aging devices, or who are in areas with slower data connection speeds. With the Lite version, folks from all over can stay connected with their friends and family, without having to worry about Messenger hogging all sorts of data.

Messenger Lite weighs in at just under 10MB, a big slim down from the standard version we use here in the US. To make the app smaller, it appears Facebook has stripped a few features, with the big one being Chat Heads. However, users on the Lite version can still send and receive texts, links to webpages, share photos, and see stickers.  (more…)

Facebook Marketplace Lets You Buy, Sell Items Around Your Area

I can’t remember the exact year it was, but quite a few years ago, I attempted to purchase a laptop from Craigslist. Given there is no longer an active police investigation taking place, I can tell you that not only did I not get a laptop, but I was also out $400. TL;DR version: I got robbed. It was from that moment on that I never used Craigslist again, considering you just never know who you are meeting up with.

Now in 2016, Facebook is attempting to get people buying and selling, this time with something called Marketplace. Baked right into your existing Facebook experience, users can simply post pictures of things they want to sell, or browse items already for sale in their area. (more…)

Facebook is Giving You New Controls Over Ads, Will Bypass Your Ad Blocker

Facebook, like many internet properties who offer up free services and content, makes money from advertisements. Since the world hates advertisements, Facebook is introducing some new tools to users to help improve the ad experience when using the social network. But because they are giving you more power over the ads you see, they are also going to start bypassing your ad blocker, should you use one.  (more…)

Facebook is Testing End-to-End Encryption Via Messenger With ‘Secret Conversations’

Beginning now, Facebook and the Messenger team are testing a new option inside of Messenger, one catered to those who prefer discussing certain matters in a more discreet fashion. Called Secret Conversations, this end-to-end encrypted messaging feature is designed to be read one-on-one, meaning the thread is limited to a single device for each person in the conversation. For example, if you begin a Secret Conversation on your desktop with a friend, you won’t be able to see it on your smartphone or tablet.  (more…)

Facebook News Feed to Show More Friends, Less Pages

Facebook is revamping your News Feed yet again, but this time, actually has its user’s interests and not business in mind. Shocking, I know. Over the next few weeks, your News Feed will now display more posts from your friends and family (or whoever you follow on FB), instead of making Pages a priority.

These changes will primarily affect those who have many friends, as it’s possible that many status updates are being missed due to how many folks you follow. To ensure you are not missing those pregnancy announcements or new puppy dog pictures, News Feed will be making a priority of bringing those posts to the top.  (more…)