One of the first questions after Facebook announced Home, which takes over the home screen from Android, was what Google thought of the product. Google’s director of Android operating system user experience recently told ABC News that he’s a fan of Facebook Home.
The recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon showed the expanding role of social media when it comes to the spreading of news. As Facebook users shared stories, photos, and videos, news sources worked hard to make sure the stories they posted were true. Representatives from ABC News and The Huffington Post talked with AllFacebook recently to discuss how they run their Facebook pages as news changes rapidly, such as during the bombing at the Boston Marathon and the search for the suspects.
When Facebook introduced its redesigned News Feed, it did more than change how people view memes and photos of cats — it altered the way stories are seen. Now everyone can make news. But for those who make a living by spreading news, Facebook has changed the way stories are presented. Dean Praetorius, a senior editor with The Huffington Post, talked with AllFacebook about how the way news is presented on Facebook requires some changes to the traditional approach.
Maybe Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comparison of News Feed to a personalized newspaper wasn’t too far off. According to the Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media 2013 report, Facebook is a key way that news outlets such as The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, and Yahoo reach their readers. The report notes that major U.S. news sites get an average of 9 percent of their traffic from Facebook, compared with 4 percent when measured 15 months ago.
Tired of being single on Facebook? A Brazilian website offers Facebook users the chance to go the Manti Te’o route and create a girlfriend out of thin air. By paying from $10 to $99, NamoroFake.com.br will materialize a fictional girlfriend who will lovingly comment on your timeline, creating the illusion that you’re in a relationship.
It appears that Facebook is looking for ways to simplify the timeline design. As first noticed by social media expert Mari Smith (and ABC News), some users are seeing a sleeker-looking timeline, including a single-column design and buttons that easily connect to the about section, friends, photos, and other sections of users’ Facebook profiles.
Earlier this year, a 101-year-old woman from Menlo Park, Calif. (in Facebook’s neighborhood) was crowned the oldest user on the social network. However, according to ABC News, a 105-year-old woman from New Mexico is the rightful owner of the title.