Vivek Wadhwa, a research professor at Stanford University, published a diatribe on LinkedIn a few months ago titled, “Facebook Is Doomed.” Contributing to the debate on the medium- and long-term sustainability of one of the biggest social networks is undoubtedly a healthy endeavor. However, this excessive public statement distinguishes itself with rather frivolous arguments on Wadhwa’s part.
Facebook rolled out an update to its Home Android overlay, which it has been beta-testing since November, and it maintains features that make Home unique, such as its Cover Feed, while adding elements that resemble more traditional Android lock screens, such as time, weather information, and Facebook notifications.
If you took our poll about what Instagram would announce at its press event in New York Thursday, and you guessed, “private messaging and/or group messaging features,” you were absolutely correct, as Co-Founder and CEO Kevin Systrom announced the launch of Instagram Direct, which allows users of the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network to send photo and video messages directly to friends.
Some Facebook advertisers are now able to preview their mobile application install ads directly on their mobile devices, complete with active install buttons.
Facebook’s emphasis on mobile will not take a vacation for the holiday shopping season, as the social network offered some tips for marketers looking to incorporate mobile into their Facebook promotion mix in a post on the Facebook for Business page.
Content from Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram, which had been available on the lock screen for Facebook Android overlay Home for Android beta-testers, is now available to all users in the latest update to Home.
Are you Down with Bang with Friends? The controversial “matchmaking” application, which is aimed at allowing users to discover if any of their Facebook friends are interested in becoming friends with benefits, returned to Apple’s App Store, but under a different name: Down.