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.
Facebook continued to ride the wave of activity spurred by LGBT Pride Month and Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, teaming up with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to launch a new “feeling pride” emoticon.
Facebook released version 6.2 of its application for iOS devices, adding the structured status updates that were previously available only on desktop or via the social network’s mobile site, as well as the ability to edit who can see content users have shared, even if that content was shared in the past.
Brands on Facebook have found success without paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to do so. By promoting fan-created content, paying attention to engagement, and figuring out what their audiences want, Facebook pages can become more popular. Dennis Yu, founder of BlitzMetrics, and Lisa Buyer, CEO of The Buyer Group, spoke at the AllFacebook Marketing Conference in San Francisco Wednesday about ways that pages have gone beyond the goal of fan acquisition to truly excel within the social network.
You know those status updates that say that someone is watching “Game Of Thrones” or eating McDonald’s? Now users can post these updates from mobile. Sister site Inside Facebook reported Tuesday that Facebook recently allowed users on mobile web (not the native Facebook application) to post these more visual status updates.
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.
Facebook appears to be testing expanded availability of emoticons in status updates independent of those available via the menu of emoticons and actions it began rolling out to users last month, as some users are finding that they can add their own emoticons to status updates, independent of the menu, but those emoticons are only appearing on their Timelines, and not on the News Feed.
Facebook officially confirmed that it will roll out the addition of emoticons and actions in status updates, which many users already have access to, saying that U.S. users will get the new feature “in the coming weeks.”
Facebook wants to know how more of its users are feeling and what they’re doing, as the emoticons and actions it began testing in status updates in January are being rolled out to more users.