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…)
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 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…)
Instagram announced this morning that the service has hit 500 million users, with 300 million of those people using it every day. That’s a lot of dinner pictures. Additionally, 80% of users are currently outside of the US, making Instagram truly a global service, allowing folks to get a look at the experiences of friends from all across the world. (more…)
Showcased at Facebook’s Hackathon event earlier this year, a feature that allows users to upload video comments to people’s posts drew quite the attention. Over the past few months, the FB coders behind the feature worked to get it up and running on both desktop and mobile, then tested it among peers at Facebook. The feature is now available for all, accessible via a desktop computer, Android device, and iOS. (more…)
An update for Facebook Messenger is completely revamping the emoji experience inside of the communication app, but it’s not just the addition of new emoji that has people excited. According to Facebook, 10% of all messages sent via Messenger include emoji, and considering how many messages are likely sent on the service, that’s a crap ton of emoji.
Inside of the update, FB is bringing 1,500 newly designed emoji to public, including gender-agnostic options and multi-colored emojis. For multi-colored emoji users, they will get to determine the skin tone they prefer, including dark, pale, or The Simpson’s yellow. For those who prefer female emoji, an entire set of emoji catered for ladies is also available, including a female police officer, female runner, and others.
However, probably most importantly, FB is rolling out a new emoji standard for all users (iOS included), which means no one will be confused by that odd looking smiley face from iPhone users anymore. All emojis, regardless of platform, should look the same. No more emoji confusion! This also includes the times when you are sent an emoji, but your system does not recognize it, leaving you with a blank box. FB wants to cut that experience out completely. (more…)
After temporarily removing his app from Google Play, the developer behind a 3rd-party Facebook app, called Swipe for Facebook, recently shared an experience he had with Facebook and the reason for the removal. Apparently, Facebook was not too happy with the app’s icon (pictured here), as well as the usage of the word “Facebook” in the app’s name, but failed to mention these specifics when it sent a startling email to the developer. The email indicated that unless certain “violations” were corrected, the app would be marked as restricted. Restricted means users of the app would be unable to access the Facebook servers to sign in. However, Facebook did not clarify which violations the developer had made, and according to the developer, Facebook did not respond to his initial reply regarding the violations until two days afterwards. By this time, it was already too late. (more…)
Back in November of 2015, Facebook launched the first ReDex-optimized version of the official Facebook application for Android. At the time, the Facebook app was 25% smaller and featured up to 30% faster start times. For those unaware, ReDex is Facebook’s home-brewed tool to reduce the size of Android applications. Today, during the company’s F8 conference, the company announced that it is making the ReDex tool open source for all Android developers, hopefully leading the way to smaller and more efficient applications. (more…)