Facebook and other social networks continue to become further intertwined with the media, as the State of the News Media 2014 report, released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project found that 50 percent of social network users share or repost news stories, images, or videos, while 46 percent discuss news or current events on their networks, and 11 percent have submitted their own content to news websites or blogs.
STUDY: Users Who Arrive At News Sites Via Facebook Spend Less Time, View Fewer Pages, Return Less Often
Facebook’s efforts to cozy up to media organizations appear to be timely, as Internet users who arrive at the 26 news websites analyzed in a new study from Pew Research Center via directly typing in those sites’ URLs or via bookmarks spend far more time on those sites, view more pages, and return more times per month.
Late last month, Facebook added application folders to its Home Android overlay in the beta version of Facebook for Android 3.4. The feature went live Monday as part of an update of the social network’s Android app.
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.
A common theme in Facebook’s suggestions for how to adapt to the revamped News Feed it introduced Thursday is the redesign’s emphasis on photos and images. Application developers received similar advice from the social network.
Facebook is getting serious about its games, announcing category updates, more bookmarks, a combined dashboard for applications and games, and testing game stories on its mobile platform.
Get ready for Facebook’s newest mobile platform.