The newest app from Facebook/Instagram — leaked last week — Bolt, is official. The company announced Tuesday that Instagram Bolt has been launched for iOS and Android users in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. Bolt is a way for people to quickly share images via one-on-one messaging, somewhat similar to the most recent app Facebook launched, Slingshot.
The Facebook Data Science Team revisited check-ins at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, analyzing more than 1 million of them and determining how many users met during the event and connected on the social network.
Facebook is testing another redesign of its events page, and the most prominent new feature is an “Events for You” section, which includes public events on Facebook that users or their friends were not invited to, in places users have not checked into.
If you’re on Facebook a lot, you’ve likely discovered Social Fixer and its myriad options to take control of your News Feed. If not, you should check it out after reading this post, because beyond offering a suite of nifty (and necessary) options to organize your stream, its creator, Matt Kruse, posts some great social insight on his blog.
Facebook announced two updates to its App Insights, aimed at giving developers a more clear look at actions users perform with their applications, as well as interactions that drive users to those apps.
A test of Facebook’s Graph Search for mobile was discovered in February by Seth Fiegerman of Mashable, who encountered the functionality within the social network’s mobile application. Monday, Justin Lafferty of sister blog Inside Facebook found evidence of a test of Graph Search on the mobile Web.
The second application from Facebook Creative Labs, Slingshot, was officially released Tuesday after a brief cameo last week, and what is being billed as the social network’s answer to Snapchat is available for iPhones running iOS 7 via the iTunes App Store, and for Android devices running Jelly Bean and KitKat via Google Play.