Following confirmation earlier today that it recently hired former Ryan Seacrest Productions' worker Sibyl Goldman, the social network has ushered in another change, this one affecting (a small portion) of users: nixing its @Facebook.com email service. The change is due to low user interest in the offering.
Facebook is changing how it deals with the profiles of social network users who die, memorializing their timelines while also allowing family and friends to request to see their custom-curated Look Back videos. The policy changes come after a campaign by one father to see his son's Look Back video, which he was unable to access as the son had passed away unexpectedly.
Love may be in the air today, but Facebook believes it has the numbers to decide whether or not it'll last, with the social site's Data Science team crunching the stats on the impact of religion, age, and other factors on relationships. In a new series showing just what sort of conclusions can be teased out when you have more than a billion users to work with, Facebook suggests relationship tidbits such as that if you and your partner make it to three months, there's about a 50-percent chance you'll last four years or longer.
Following a Google experiment of the same nature, Facebook has kicked off a 90-day water ferry pilot program that shuttles its employees to work over water. The program -- taking place in San Francisco -- involves a 30-person catamaran that runs betwixt San Francisco and Redwood ports.
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 has no immediate plans to add adverts to its Paper newsreader app, according to COO Sheryl Sandberg, with other products in the social network's line-up likely to be squeezed for monetization first. The company is still in its early stages of analysis, Sandberg said, trying to figure out exactly how Paper users are actually interacting with the app, which combines personal social content from a circle of friends with broader news content from a number of categorized online sources.
If your everyday social networks prove too uneventful for your business flights, Virgin America aims to offer the solution. Today the company unveiled flight-centric social networking for business travelers who want to meet up with fellow professionals, do some networking while waiting to board, and get to know those around them.