Facebook’s messaging system isn’t optimal for transferring large files. Pipe looks to solve that problem. Pipe, an application that is set to launch Wednesday, allows Facebook users to easily send files of up to 1 gigabit to each other. If the person receiving the file isn’t on Facebook, users can still send 100-megabit files to be received once their Facebook friend logs on.
Facebook will announce Wednesday afternoon how well it did financially in the first quarter of this fiscal year. The company has been aggressive about rolling out ad products, and it deepened its relationship with firms such as Datalogix to give advertisers better purchasing data. Let’s take a look at what others think ahead of Wednesday’s earnings call.
Facebook’s App Center is approaching its one-year anniversary, and the company wants to know what you think about it. The social network published a survey Thursday, asking users for their opinions about App Center.
Facebook announced a change in how bookmarks for applications will be displayed, saying in a post on its developer blog that only games that work on both the social network’s canvas and mobile will appear on mobile bookmarks, starting June 5.
Facebook added a “send to mobile” button to its app center last May in an effort to help drive application installs, and last August, the social network tested a similar option in the hover card that appears when users move their cursors over app-related stories in their News Feeds. Now, it appears that the social network is testing a send to mobile button directly within News Feed.
Games are an important part of the Facebook ecosystem. As the games market diversifies, with new developers entering the mix, so do the titles available on the social network. At a media event for Berlin-based developer Wooga in San Francisco Thursday, Facebook Director of Games Partnerships Sean Ryan discussed the future of social games with AllFacebook, pointing out that Facebook is working to offer a more diverse array of games to users, as well as to make it easier for gamers to have a continuous experience on desktops, phones, and tablets.
Facebook recently tweaked the categories in its app center, allowing users to more easily find games and bring more fun applications to the forefront. The site also highlighted developer Vostu and a popular game from Buffalo Studios, Bingo Blitz.
Facebook completed the rollout of its developer alerts feature in late November, and now, the social network announced an updated settings menu to allow developers to manage how they receive those alerts.
Newton Lee’s book, Facebook Nation: Total Information Awareness, is a great book for social media experts, offering a comprehensive look at Facebook in the context of social media, and covering privacy well.
It’s not just Instagram: Facebook plans to change the way all applications are measured. In a post on its developer blog Wednesday, Facebook noted that instead of revealing specific metrics such as apps’ actual monthly active user and daily active user totals, the social network will instead rank apps and place them in tiers.