Facebook announced two tweaks to its News Feed algorithm aimed at ensuring that the content users see is timely: Posts related to trending topics will be ranked higher, and the rate at which users like or comment on posts shortly after they go live will be factored in.
Adults in the U.S. will spend an average of 21 minutes per day on Facebook in 2014, or 6 percent of their digital time, but 10 percent of U.S. digital ad spending goes to the social network, whereas in other digital media categories, U.S. adults’ digital time usage percentages are higher than digital ad-spending percentages, according to new data from market researcher eMarketer.
Facebook did not budge on its real-name policy in a meeting Wednesday at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., with activists representing the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community and drag queens, with the only concession being a promise to reinstate deleted profiles for two weeks, which did little to quell anger toward the social network.
With owners of Apple devices being able to upgrade to iOS 8 starting Wednesday, Facebook is prepared for the new mobile operating system, as well.
Facebook’s enforcement of its real-name policy has put it at odds with a community that it has a strong history of supporting, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, as drag queens who use names that are not their legal names are being forced to change the names on their accounts on the social network.
Atlas, formerly Atlas Solutions, the ad network Facebook acquired from Microsoft in February 2013, is undergoing a revamp, and advertising holding company Omnicom – parent of agencies Omnicom Media Group, BBDO and TBWA Worldwide – is on board as the first customer, Ad Age reported.