Facebook caught a great deal of flak when it introduced auto-play videos into the News Feed late last year, but they appear to be working for brands, as Adobe revealed in its Q1 2014 Social Intelligence Report that engagement with those videos was up 58 percent in the first quarter of 2014 compared with the fourth quarter of 2013, and up 25 percent year-over-year.
Facebook released version 9.0 of its flagship iOS application, and the most prominent new feature is the ability for users to reply directly to comments on posts by pages that have enabled the feature.
Brands on Facebook: Would you like the ability to accurately predict the lifetime reach and engagement of organic and paid page posts? Social marketing solutions provider SocialCode added a new feature to its MessageOptics 2.0 social analytics tool: Post Predictions.
The next posts from pages to be targeted in Facebook’s ongoing efforts to maintain the quality of its News Feed will be: posts actively seeking likes, comments, or shares; photos and videos that are repeatedly shared; and deceptive, spammy links.
The 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tournament came to a close Wednesday night, with the University of Connecticut’s 60-54 victory over the University of Kentucky at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and Facebook announced in a Newsroom post that the 2014 version of March Madness spawned 46 million combined posts, comments, and likes between March 16 and April 7, from more than 15.3 million users.
Will online food-delivery service Eat24 still have a Facebook page after 11:59 p.m. Monday? Probably not, if it sticks to what it wrote in a scathing blog post last week, ripping the social network for the changes to its News Feed algorithm that have hammered organic reach for page posts.
Facebook Global Director of Small Business Dan Levy announced last November that the social network had more than 25 million active small business pages, and the latest initiative aimed at strengthening the company’s bond with that explosive market segment took flight last week, when the newly formed Small and Medium Business Council met at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
Don’t worry, be happy. And according to a study of more than 100 million anonymous U.S. Facebook users and more than 1 billion of their posts — conducted by Facebook and researchers at the University of California San Diego and Yale University — your happiness might spread to your Facebook friends.
Android update week continues, as Facebook followed updates of the Android applications for its WhatsApp cross-platform messaging service and its Instagram photo- and video-sharing network with a new version of its flagship app. The new features mostly involve photos.