Contrary to popular belief, there is still a substantial teen population on Facebook, and the social network teamed up with Canadian nonprofit organization MediaSmarts on “Think Before You Share,” a guide and tip sheet aimed at helping Facebook’s younger users decide what to share or not share online.
Facebook is bringing the functionality of its hide all button — which allows users to hide all posts from friends or pages without unfriending or unliking them, respectively — to a new unfollow button, which allows users to stop following other users’ public updates, TechCrunch reported.
Are your Facebook friends your friends in “real life,” as well? Not according to a recent poll by Zogby Analytics on behalf of lifestyle website Living MacTavish, which found that nearly one-third of the 1,000 or so respondents had not met a single one of their Facebook friends face-to-face over the past two months.
Facebook appears to be testing a way for users to help it group its pages by having them select pages that are similar or dissimilar to the page it chooses to feature.
We reported in June that some Facebook users were seeing a “browse” option in their favorites menus, that brought them to this URL, https://www.facebook.com/discover-something-new, where they were served up random Graph Search queries, such as “favorite books of my friends,” “videos of favorite TV shows from my friends,” “cover photos by my friends,” and “movies liked by people who have interests similar to mine.” Now the browse test appears to have resurfaced in the sidebar on the left-hand side of the new News Feed design.
Facebook Tuesday began testing a completely revamped version of its Messenger for Android application that allows users to instantly see which friends are currently using Messenger, and to send text messages via the app to friends or non-Facebook-using contacts who aren’t using it.
Can the closeness of the mutual friends of both participants in a romantic relationship help determine the strength of that relationship? A study by Cornell University Computer Scientist Jon Kleinberg and Facebook Engineer Lars Backstrom sought to find out.