“I love every single Facebook feature and every spammy post that shows up in my News Feed,” said NO ONE EVER. No matter if you are a dilettante dabbler or a Facebook fanatic, you undoubtedly at some point or another have asked yourself, “Why does Facebook do it that way? And why can’t I change it — even a little bit?” There may be some foot-stomping involved depending on your level of frustration. Facebook always has its reasons, of course, and while it claims to want the best user experience, the reality is that the company has a bottom line to meet and advertisers to keep happy. So what is a poor Facebook user to do (besides dump Facebook, but let’s not get crazy)? Call in the Social Fixer — that’s what!
Facebook users often see their Timelines flooded with well wishes from friends on their birthdays, and now Facebook itself is apparently contributing to the merriment with emails to users on their special days.
Facebook announced an update for its iPad application, in which a new column was added on the right-hand side of News Feed, which includes birthdays, events, and four new sections aimed at promoting engagement with trending topics, videos, and games.
Facebook announced version 1.1 of its Paper iPhone application, with new features including notifications for birthdays and events; photo comments; group updates; and new article covers for select publishers.
At various points over the past year, the Internet has been aflutter with the idea that Facebook is having trouble attracting younger users to its platform. However, recent statistics from PrivacyGuard, an identity-theft-protection company, show that these claims may be overstated. In fact, there appears to be a direct correlation between a person’s age and the likeliness that they’re on Facebook.
WhatsApp Co-Founder and CEO Jan Koum responded to users’ privacy concerns following Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of the cross-platform messaging company last month with a blog post titled, “Setting the Record Straight.”
Some Facebook iOS users who installed the social network’s most recent update, version 7.0, received access to a new feature, Highlights, under a new tab, People.
Facebook continues to treat users’ name days the same way it treats their birthdays, as some users are seeing notifications for name days in the right-hand-corner of their News Feeds, right above birthdays.
Will Facebook soon see an explosion of posts wishing its users a happy Name Day, similar to what already happens with birthdays? Reader Thodoris Konsoulas shared the screenshot above of the social network prompting him to add his Name Day so it can be celebrated, Facebook-style.