The “anonymous chatting application“ that The New York Times’ Bits blog initially reported on earlier this month is now a reality, as Facebook introduced the latest app from its Facebook Creative Labs initiative, Rooms, a throwback to the Internet’s early days and a nod to anonymity, forums, message boards and chat rooms.
Beauty entrepreneur Michelle Phan took a unique approach when using Facebook videos to promote her first book, Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style and Success — Online and Off. She uploaded a short video trailer for each of the book’s chapters to her page, and those trailers ended up totaling more than 1.26 million views.
The Kansas City Royals brought an abrupt end to Turner Sports’ coverage of the American League Championship Series by sweeping the Baltimore Orioles, but the cable programmer was still able to show off some of the features enabled by its embedding of Facebook into its live postseason productions.
Shaq’s back: Retired National Basketball Association legend Shaquille O’Neal will once again be Shaq-a-Claus as part of the #PlayItForward Challenge from retail giant Toys “R” Us, benefiting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
The iOS tool behind the user interface for Facebook’s Paper iPhone application was open-sourced by the social network Wednesday, iOS engineer Nadine Salter, Instagram iOS engineering manager Scott Goodson and software engineer Andrew Pouliot revealed in a post on the Facebook engineering blog.
Instagram held its 10th Worldwide InstaMeet earlier this month, and users in hundreds of cities across the world were joined by brands that use the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network. Two of those brands — the tourism bureau for Australia’s Queensland region and Madewell – were spotlighted in a post on the Instagram for Business blog.
People in the 13-through-24 age group are optimistic, want to learn about other countries and cultures, forward-looking, value friends and family, and use social media to stay in touch with those friends and family, according to a study by culture experts Crowd DNA, commissioned by Facebook.
Facebook’s share of social logins rose 2 percent in the third quarter of 2014 from the second quarter, to 46 percent, driven largely by a 9 percent bump-up in the entertainment category, according to the latest report from customer-profile-management technology provider Janrain, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer.