Facebook Introduces Google Now-Like Notification Tab in Mobile Apps

Facebook is rolling out a new Notification tab to their mobile apps on both Android and iOS that gives its users more control over the information presented throughout the day or as they change locations. Not only will this tab show your notifications, but you will be able to customize it to show life events, upcoming events you are attending, sports scores, weather, etc. It’s a lot like Google Now, though you may have more control here than what Google gives you with its own service.  (more…)

Facebook Testing Reactions, a Way to Express Your True Feelings

While it seems everyone may have wanted a “dislike button,” Facebook is instead launching Reactions, a way to better express your true feelings toward something you see on News Feed. The feature is now entering testing in Spain and Ireland, which will allow users to share their thoughts towards anything posted by a friend, publisher, advertiser, or business.  (more…)

Facebook Brings 360-Degree Videos to News Feed

Facebook’s New Feed is about to become a whole lot more immersive, thanks to the introduction and support of 360-degree video. When you see a video uploaded in 360, users on desktop computers can drag the video around with a mouse, but the real magic is when the video is viewed on a mobile device. When viewing on your phone or tablet, you can tilt and twist the device, allowing you to see different views — just like VR.  (more…)

Facebook Rolls Out Photo Editing Tools to Official App, Desktop

People seem to love decking their photos out with funny text and stickers, so now, Facebook is allowing you to get in on the fun through the official Facebook app and on the desktop.

When you have a photo in your library, or are about to upload, the app allows you to “edit” the photo, which means you can apply custom text and silly stickers to the photo. Facebook states this is a suite of tools, so it’s possible the company has additional tools besides stickers and text.  (more…)

Facebook M is a Personal Assistant That Lives in Facebook Messenger

This morning, Facebook’s David Marcus (VP of messaging products) announced that their have started to test a new service within Messenger called Facebook M. M is a “personal digital assistant inside of Messenger” that helps you complete tasks or find information.

In describing the new service, Marcus said that M is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and actual humans, and that it completes tasks “on your behalf,” can purchase items deliver gifts to friends and family, book restaurants, make travel arrangements or appointments, and “way more.”  (more…)

Facebook is Giving You More Control Over Your News Feed, Just Not a Default “Recent Posts” Setting

Facebook announced this morning that it is ready to give you more control over what shows up your feed on a daily or hourly basis. The social network wants to “show you the stories that matter most,” but because algorithms can only do so much, they want you to fine-tune the whole experience through new News Feed Preferences.

Starting today on iOS, then Android and desktop in who knows how many weeks, you will see a new News Feed Preferences screen that gives you options for prioritizing people to always see first, another two for unfollowing or reconnecting with people, and even one for discovering new pages.  (more…)