The main excitement around Facebook’s announcement yesterday was due to the rumours that there would be a Facebook phone making an appearance. There were also rumours that the social network was going to rival Google by releasing a search engine. The rumours were half right.
Facebook has rolled out an update to the iOS version of Facebook Messenger which has enabled the ability to call your friends directly from the application. The feature currently only works iPhone-to-iPhone and has only been released in Canada and the US so far, however it hopefully won’t be long until it reaches the UK.
This Windows 8 Facebook application concept, created by Shalva Bukia, looks good enough to be the real deal. He has used the social network’s blue colours to make a really incredible looking application for Microsoft’s tiled interface. Unfortunately, Facebook aren’t planning to release a Windows 8 application any time soon if at all, so until then all we can do is look at amazing concepts like this, and hope that this is what an official version may look like someday.
When Facebook announced timeline profiles last year, it was met with a very mixed response. Many people, myself included, liked the modern design, however many were opposed to any change at all. Those people will be unhappy to learn that, only a matter of months after pushing the timeline feature to everybody, Facebook is changing the profile page once again.
After launching on iOS months ago, Facebook have launched ‘Pages Manager’ forAndroid. As the name would suggest, Pages Manager allows you to, well, manage your Facebook page. The app shows you the latest insights of the page, such as people who have recently liked the page, interacted with it and have shared it. It looks very similar to the standard Facebook app but is much easier to operate for people who mainly use Facebook for their page.
I’m growing tired of Facebook. Mainly because the younger version of myself thought it would be a good idea to add as many ‘friends’ as possible, even if those ‘friends’ were in fact people I had only met once, were in a similar circle of friends to my own, or were completely random foreigners who were kind enough to take time out of their day to send me a friend request. Now, I regret adding many of those people, which is why I am extremely careful who I follow on my most used social network, Twitter.*
Today, Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook has reached it’s one billionth user. That means that one in seven people in the world are now active on Facebook, which is just crazy. ‘Zuck’ made the statement on Facebook, writing:
This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month.
If you’re reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you.
Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life.
I am committed to working every day to make Facebook better for you, and hopefully together one day we will be able to connect the rest of the world too.
Also today, Facebook started their first ever video marketing campaign, which likens the social network to chairs. Despite such an odd similarity, the advert is quite heartwarming.
Any person who owns or writes for a blog will always be eager to make sure the article that they spent their time on is going to get as many views as possible. The more views an article gets, the higher chance there is that somebody will give their feedback or even share it to their friends. The best times to Tweet or post on Facebook is vital to know so that you can get the most out of the social network sharing system.
Back in May, Bit.ly used their statistics to come up with a report detailing when the highest rate of click-throughs were. Then ‘RakaCreative‘ used that information and transformed it into an infographic for easy reading.
Twitter gets the most traffic Mon-Thurs between 9am and 3pm. You may think that this is the optimum time to post your content but it does mean that there are even more people who are trying to be heard on the site, so it’s best to wait until things have begun to quieten down a bit before posting the content.
On Facebook, links posted between 1-4pm get the highest click through rates with 3pm being the best time overall.
It’s also important to know that, although there are huge benefits to waiting for the opportune time to post, any breaking news should be posted as soon as possible as people will be actively searching for and sharing the content.
Earlier this month, Facebook updated it’s less than perfect chat service to inform it’s users when their message has been read. Not-surprisingly, this has been very poorly recieved, as it means people feel pressured to respond to messages they may want to leave till later, or even leave completely.
Luckily for you, there is now a way to hide when you have read a message on Facebook. At the moment this is only available for Google Chrome.
Simply download the extension at the link below, and enable it to make sure you can avoid even broadcasting when you have received a message.