Facebook will force iOS and Android app users to download the standalone Facebook Messenger app if they want to continue chatting, with plans to remove the messaging functionality from the regular Facebook app. The decision, likely to cause some consternation among Facebook users, is part of the social network's ongoing shift to standalone software for each key feature it offers, rather than bundling them together and running the risk that they get overlooked.
Twitter is going to get a whole lot more Facebook-like in its design, the short-messaging social network has revealed, with a new profile page look already rolling out for celebrities like Michelle Obama and Zac Efron. The new pages feature a much larger header photo than the previous layout, as well as a larger profile photo, plus there are more ways to control what individual tweets people see when they first visit.
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.
Twitter turns eight this week, and the social messaging service is going back in time to celebrate, helping users find their very first tweet. The #FirstTweet tool does one thing very easily: checks your Twitter username and then shows you the very first message you posted, giving you the opportunity to then retweet it or - if it's embarrassingly socially-naive - ignore it and hope nobody else spots it.
At the Game Developers Conference, Facebook has revealed it averages 375 million people playing games connected to the social network per month. This represents connected gamers playing games on both desktop and mobile devices, with the games receiving an average of 735 million referrals daily.
Sorting through the glut of Twitter updates can be time consuming, particularly for those following hundreds or thousands of people, a problem one presently has to tackle with the use of lists. Building upon that foundation comes a new feature in testing called Fave People, which creates a separate timeline for favorited people.
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.
Weibo, the Twitter-esque micro-blogging site owned by Chinese Sina Corp is taking advantage of the upward investing trend set by U.S. investors. Just this Friday the Chinese company filed papers that will allow them to raise $500 million through a U.S. initial public offering. On the surface it sounds very promising that Westerners get to trade in an Eastern Pie, however there are several Governmental restrictions that need to be considered before investing.