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Big surprise: Facebook will eventually push ads with “Nearby Friends”

Big surprise: Facebook will eventually push ads with “Nearby Friends”

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.

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Facebook Nearby Friends tentatively tracks friendslist

Facebook Nearby Friends tentatively tracks friendslist

Facebook has added a new feature to its mobile apps, Nearby Friends, allowing users of the social network to find those on their friendslist when they're nearby, though Facebook is clearly wary of a privacy backlash. The feature, which will be rolled out to the Android and iOS apps over the coming weeks, shows your GPS position and that of your friends on a map; however, Facebook is turning it off by default, and relying on users to opt-in instead.

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Facebook axing in-app messaging: Pushing standalone app

Facebook axing in-app messaging: Pushing standalone app

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.

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Twitter redesign launches with Michella Obama and more

Twitter redesign launches with Michella Obama and more

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.

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Twitter #FirstTweet turns back clock for 8th birthday

Twitter #FirstTweet turns back clock for 8th birthday

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.

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Facebook Business Manager aims to butter-up brands

Facebook Business Manager aims to butter-up brands

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.

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