Wanted: Editors. Facebook has been looking to hire contract editors to work on Paper, the Flipboard-like mobile news-reading application the social network has reportedly been developing, two sources told Re/code.
Last June, when Facebook introduced Video on Instagram, the buzz prior to the press event also focused on the possibility of the social network creating a news reader-type product, based on RSS feeds, to take advantage of the demise of Google Reader, and The Wall Street Journal reported later that month that Facebook was working on a mobile news reader that would enable users with mobile devices to see content from other Facebook users and publishers in a visual format created for their devices, referred to internally as Reader. Now, according to a report by Re/code, the social network will reveal a Flipboard-like news-reading service “in the coming weeks,” known as Paper, rather than Reader.
The big debate last week was over whether Facebook would announce a video-sharing feature for Instagram or some sort of RSS news reader. Video on Instagram was the winner, having been unveiled at a press event at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Thursday, but don’t bury the news reader just yet.
Tech blogger Robert Scoble believes Google Plus and Flipboard are easier on the eyes than Facebook, and he feels that the “ugly” appearance of the leading social network may be one of the causes of its equally ugly stock price.
Amid all of the intrigue about the new product Facebook will introduce Thursday, developer Tom Waddington has now found evidence to support both of the popular theories, following up his discovery of mentions of RSS in Facebook’s code last week, which potentially signifies some sort of news reader, with his unearthing of mentions of video in Instagram’s code, which could signal Facebook’s introduction of a video-sharing feature for its photo-sharing network.
Not all Facebook applications are created equal. While some only require basic information to function, many more want to know your location, access your photos, and post on your behalf. Which apps can you trust? MyPermissions, which helps users rid their social media lives of dangerous apps, shared with AllFacebook the most trusted apps on the social network, starting with the newest member of the Facebook family — Instagram.
Laws are meant to be broken, including, apparently, the one banning Facebook in China, as research firm GlobalWebIndex reported that Facebook users in the country have skyrocketed from 7.9 million in July 2009 to 63.52 million as of the second quarter of 2012.