Facebook Mentions App Released, Only Available To Verified Public Figures

Facebook Mentions

Facebook has released yet another new app, but this one isn't for the masses. Facebook Mentions is an app specifically designed for actors, athletes, musicians and other influencers to discover and join conversations on Facebook. The app requires that you are a verified public figure using Pages. Those celebrities, politicians, sports figures and such will need to reach out Facebook for access. It's unclear as to what they consider to be necessary requirements for Mentions. In the sample screenshots, Mariah Carey is used, so the bar seems like it might be pretty high. … [Read more...]

Facebook Will Listen For TV, Music and Update Your Status With Content Previews, Links

Facebook TV Music

Facebook is about to get some serious Shazam functionality built-in to their mobile apps. An update to Facebook for iOS will let users enable a new listening mode. Now when you got to post a status update, a visualizer will let you know that Facebook is commandeering the microphone on your device to listen for TV and music. When it can identify content, it will tag the content in your news feed. Ulitimately, you do remain in control and can choose not to share it. Your friends can listen to a preview of the tagged music or click on a link to a page for the TV show. The new features will be part of updates coming to both iOS and Android. … [Read more...]

Facebook Testing Related Content Suggestions In iOS App

Facebook Now

Looking at different ways to engage users, Facebook is in the process of testing suggested content to iOS users after they post a status update. The contextual content shows after a users posts and update, showing a card view that appears similar to Google Now. While Google aims to predict searches of interest coupled with information gleaned from your Gmail account, Facebook's contextual content is looking to engage users with posts from friends. … [Read more...]

Paper, the new app from Facebook is available now

Facebook Paper

Paper, the highly visual stories app from Facebook is now available in the App Store. The app lets you to create your own ‘paper’ that includes stories, which can include posts from your friends and news articles. If you are familiar with Flipboard, this seems to be a riff on that app, with a heavy dose of your news feed. … [Read more...]

Facebook Introduces Paper, A Highly Visual App For Stories

Facebook Paper

Facebook today announced Paper, an entirely new app that will be available on February 3rd. Paper is a highly visual app that allows you to create your own 'paper' that includes stories, which can include posts from your friends and news articles. If you are familiar with Flipboard, this seems to be a riff on that app, with a heavy dose of your news feed. … [Read more...]

What You Can and Cannot Do About Facebook AutoPlay Videos On iPhone

Facebook autoplay videos

The holiday season has no doubt resulted in an influx of shared photos and videos on Facebook. While I enjoy the occasional video from friends and family, I prefer to have control over playback. In recent months, Facebook has started to employ auto-playback of videos within a news feed. As you scroll through your Facebook news feed, video playback is often an uninvited distraction. If you are on a data plan, the thought of extraneous video playback counting against your oh-so precious data allotment can be frustrating. There's good news and no so good news for iPhone owners looking to disable Facebook autoplay videos. … [Read more...]

Facebook Messenger Updated for iOS 7

Facebook Messenger

Released today, the new Facebook Messenger app is out and offers a completely new iOS 7 design. The redesign is impressive, vivid blue icon and all. The new update allows users to message people in your contacts. Previously, Facebook Messenger would only work with your Facebook friends. Using the new Messenger, you can add new contacts by entering their phone number. So how does this all work? People can add you as a contact if they already have your phone number, but only friends can see this number on Facebook. When you launch the new app, you'll be asked if you would like to 'Text Anyone in Your Phone'. At that point, you can opt to have your contacts continuously synced, so that you can see who else is on Messenger. If you see a … [Read more...]

Facebook Working On Major iPhone App Updates Led By Former Apple Engineer

Facebook app

Facebook developers are working on major updates to both the main Facebook app for iPhone and the Messenger app, this according to a new report from Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac. The projects are being led by Greg Novick, a former engineer at Apple who played a key role in developing both the Mail and Phone apps, along with working on the original iPhone software. The update to the primary Facebook app will now integrate the companies Graph Search tool. … [Read more...]

Updates: Twitter and Facebook for iOS 7, All Things Go Flat

Twitter Facebook updates

Facebook and Twitter both released updates to their respective apps today, joining the iOS 7 release party. Neither app update could be portrayed as major, but there are some subtle changes that most users will appreciate. Facebook Facebook gets a much needed refresh. The app icon hasn't changed at all, but there are some notable changes within. The developers have gone with a completely flat blue for the top bar that is now clearly labeled as your 'News Feed'. Requests, Messages and Notifications have been moved to a new Twitter-esque menu bar at the bottom. A new search icon should make it easier to search your timeline. This replaces the old menu bar that had your favorites, pages, groups, apps and so on. The new version … [Read more...]