The “anonymous chatting application“ that The New York Times’ Bits blog initially reported on earlier this month is now a reality, as Facebook introduced the latest app from its Facebook Creative Labs initiative, Rooms, a throwback to the Internet’s early days and a nod to anonymity, forums, message boards and chat rooms.
When Facebook announced the overhaul of its Preferred Marketing Developer program and its early 2015 renaming as Facebook Marketing Partners, it also mentioned that it would improve access to its ads application-programming interface for developers. Details on the new ads API access levels were made available in a post on the social network’s developer blog by product manager Aditya Kulkarni.
Mobile ad budgets on Facebook and Twitter among the clients of Ampush, a Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer, were up 87 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared with the second quarter of the year, and a whopping 233 percent versus the prior-year quarter, according to the social technology company’s latest study.
Despite extensive efforts by Facebook and other social networks to curb behavior such as cyberbullying and online harassment, a new survey by Pew Research Center found that malicious behavior continues to thrive on the Internet, with 73 percent of respondents having witnessed such activity and 40 percent being on the receiving end of it.
Facebook launched an updated version of iPhone application Paper with an eye toward taking advantage of the larger screen sizes of Apple’s recently introduced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Paper design lead Mike Matas announced in a Facebook post.
In its rush to continually evolve its product, Facebook often makes leaps forward in many areas, and sometimes that involves two steps back. But in the case of the nearly anonymous “other” folder and its complete omission from the highly touted Facebook Messenger applications, I guess the steps back sent it over a cliff — or maybe Facebook realizes how entirely useless this folder is and plans to kill it off. Wait, what “other” folder? Exactly.
A quiet entry into the area of photo tagging was made over the weekend by none other than Microsoft, as VentureBeat discovered new Windows 8.1 application AutoTag ‘n Search My Photos, which is not available via the Microsoft Research downloads page, or via the Windows Store.
Facebook debuted the first-ever ad backing its Messenger applications in a Facebook post by former PayPal president David Marcus, who joined the social network in June to lead its mobile messaging efforts.