Facebook and Instagram reacted swiftly to appeals last week by advocacy groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, announcing new educational and enforcement measures regarding discussions on the social networks about commercial activity, particularly when it involves regulated items, such as guns.
A wide range of opinions exists on whether all of the data Facebook has on its users is a good thing, but it could turn out to be a very good thing for Facebook users looking for places to live, as RentalRoost, a San Francisco Bay-area-based website that incorporates Facebook data into its rankings of available properties, prepares to go nationwide later this month.
Facebook is moving to position itself as the hub of all interest-based communities (Pinterest, Spotify, Foodspotting, and Goodreads, for example) with its open graph platform. The people we follow in these networks are not necessarily our friends, but people whose content interests us. At the end of the day, all of these communities are peer-to-peer. Facebook can reimagine two big peer-to-peer markets with real identity, discovery, and imitation enabled by open graph at the center.
Facebook has tried to monetize individual users by asking if they’d pay a few bucks to promote their posts so they can reach more friends. Now, according to a story in The Daily, Facebook is reportedly testing a model where users can pay a small fee to have classified ads in users’ news feeds. While the company confirmed to AllFacebook that the site is testing different ways to put ads in news feeds, it added that they will definitely not be classified ads.
What makes mobile marketplace application Quickable stand out when compared with similar offerings? Two things: Its developers pursued an Android-first strategy, and users who are selling items via the platform can offer special prices to their Facebook friends.
The 45,000-plus developers that previously used facial-recognition application-programming interfaces from Face.com and saw those APIs shuttered after the company was acquired by Facebook may have an alternative via startup Lambda Labs.