Facebook plans to eventually use its new "Nearby Friends" feature to power new location-based adverts and marketing, the social network has conceded, potentially souring what was generally seen as a privacy-mindful launch of the functionality. Nearby Friends began rolling out last week as a new addition to Facebook's mobile apps, optionally showing those on your friendslist your location, and making it easier to organize impromptu meet-ups. However, Facebook has more in mind than promoting socializing.
Facebook is testing a new privacy feature that warns users around who can see their status updates and content if they're infrequent users of the sharing settings. Dubbed a "Privacy Check-up," the pop-up message flags the current sharing setting and offers a variety of options for more granular control.
WhatsApp founder Jan Koum has spoken out on concerns about privacy and data protection following its acquisition by Facebook, insisting that nothing will change in what individual information it collects and how it uses it. "If partnering with Facebook meant that we had to change our values, we wouldn't have done it" Koum writes of the $19bn deal announced last month. "Instead, we are forming a partnership that would allow us to continue operating independently and autonomously."
Facebook has quietly developed a new "Business Manager" tool, still in its refinements stage, aiming to help brands better push promotional content into users' timelines. Why is this big news? Well, imagine that you have been working with Preferred Marketing Developers and the services (tools) these agencies have been providing for you to manage your various Ad Campaigns on Facebook; with the Business Manager you can do it on your own.
Facebook's little-loved email service isn't the only service getting shuttered, the social network has confirmed, with Facebook Messenger for Windows also facing the axe. Notifications in the Windows app have begun warning users that it will shut down as of March 3rd, though there's no indication of exactly why Facebook has made the decision.
Facebook has added LGBTQ-friendly gender pronoun options for profiles, with more than ten to choose between as the social network makes it easier for users to be clear on how they identify. Where previously only "male" and "female" were available options, Facebook has added a third, "custom" selection which then allows for one of several new options to be picked, including "cisgender" and "transgender", for their account.
Facebook users unhappy with the custom curation of their "A Look Back" videos released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the social site will soon be able to edit what's included, it's been confirmed. The Look Back clips, roughly a minute long and made up of most-Liked, commented-on, and other highlight moments from each user's timeline since they joined the social network, were rolled out earlier this week, but some were disappointed by which parts were picked and which were left out.
Facebook has turned ten, and though the terrible teens are still a few years off, the predators are already circling. The social site celebrated its tenth birthday in a fairly low-key way, giving each user a custom highlights video dubbed "A Look Back" picking out their most popular moments on the site, but the anniversary has been overshadowed by the ongoing trademark spat with app developer FiftyThree over who gets to use the name "Paper". It's perhaps a perfect example of how to many Facebook is now perceived: lumbering heavyweight rather than agile upstart.
For those of you who've been paying close attention to the Apple mobile App Store for the past few years, you know good and well that there's more than one app out there now with the name "Paper" attached to it. One of the better-known apps with this name was made by the developers at FiftyThree - an app that gained quite a bit of traction in 2012 for their well-made attempt at simplifying onscreen art and journaling. Here in 2014, they're finding Facebook releasing an app with the same name (so to speak).