When Facebook announced last December that it would roll out new privacy options for users, the social network also said it would change the permissions process for applications, requiring them to break down information they were seeking access to in multiple screens, rather than bunching all of the information together in one permissions screen. Now different renditions of this are being tested.
When Facebook announced Graph Search earlier this year, the natural question was, “When will this be on mobile?” It appears that Facebook is trying to push more search queries onto its mobile application (instead of apps such as Foursquare and Yelp). As Inside Facebook Editor Brittany Darwell noticed recently, Facebook changed the name of its Nearby feature on its iOS app to Local Search.
Facebook jumped into the hard plastic gift card market in January with the Facebook Card, which allows you to spend and keep track of money used at places such as Sephora, Jamba Juice, and Olive Garden. We haven’t heard much about it lately, but it appears that Facebook has partnered with drugstore Rite Aid to sell more Facebook Cards.
Much has been made in the tech and social media news circles regarding Facebook’s eventual demise because teenagers don’t make up a large group on the social network. Brittany Darwell, co-editor of sister site Inside Facebook, wrote that just because teenagers aren’t on Facebook now doesn’t mean that they won’t sign up in the future.
The redesign for Timeline has been tested in New Zealand and other parts of the world, but Facebook announced Wednesday that it will start officially rolling out the new look to select users immediately. Much like Facebook’s updated News Feed, the goal for Timeline is to reduce clutter and place more options in the hands of users. The new design has about content and open graph actions on the left side of the page, with posts on the right side.
Many advertisers have been unhappy with Facebook over its rule that ad images must contain no more than 20 percent text. Sister site Inside Facebook recently sat down with a member of Facebook’s policy team to gain a better understanding of the company’s controversial guidelines.
Facebook rejiggered the process of creating ads on its power editor advertising platform, giving page administrators greater flexibility in choosing what types of ads they want to create, rather than starting out by specifying what they were trying to promote.
Facebook has overhauled its main profile page, introducing timeline. It has changed how people will find information on the site by launching graph search. So what’s next? Sister site Inside Facebook feels that the news feed may be the next aspect of Facebook to receive a major upgrade.