The “anonymous chatting application“ that The New York Times’ Bits blog initially reported on earlier this month is now a reality, as Facebook introduced the latest app from its Facebook Creative Labs initiative, Rooms, a throwback to the Internet’s early days and a nod to anonymity, forums, message boards and chat rooms.
Facebook found itself in the middle of another “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation involving content posted to the social network, this time over a photo of a young girl’s bare backside that was posted to the Coppertone page to mimic the classic 1953 ad from the sunscreen company of a young girl’s bathing suit being pulled down by a small dog.
Cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook in a $19 billion deal last month, sneaked a unique way to potentially grow its user base into the update to its Android application.
AOL in the 1990s, or Facebook in 2013? The social network is testing a new feature, code-named “host chat,” which allows users to establish chat rooms that their friends can join without invitations, Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch.
If you’ve noticed more friends posting colorful status updates and more descriptive emoticons in comments, you’re not alone. Facebook announced Wednesday that it is adding more support for emoji — a standardized set of emoticons and picture characters.
In the past few months, Facebook has been using the status update box to ask about users’ favorite Halloween candy and to inquire about their holiday plans. Now it’s taking that process to the next step, as TechCrunch reports that Facebook is testing emoticons within the status update prompt. Now when users say that they’re feeling happy or chowing down on pasta, they can have smiley faces or forks accompanying their posts, and detail more specifically what they’re doing.
Users asked for it, and Facebook has responded. The social network announced Thursday that the native applications for iOS and Android devices now include a share button. Both apps also got an upgrade Thursday, with emoticons coming to Apple and better photo tagging coming to Android.