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.
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Locations such as retail outlets that want to display real-time like totals can use Fliike from French startup Smiirl if they opt for a stand-alone counter device, or LikeScreen from Pretty.Digits for any HDMI-compatible screen. Now Apple’s iPad tablet is an option with the release of the Like Counter Pro application, also from Pretty.Digits.
Some Facebook advertisers are now able to preview their mobile application install ads directly on their mobile devices, complete with active install buttons.
Nostalgia site DoYouRemember and developer Rokk3r Labs are creating an iOS application that allows Facebook users to organize that murky time period between when they were born and when Facebook was born, announcing plans to release The Timeliner in the iTunes App Store prior to the holidays.
The latest solution to help Facebook users clean up their profiles to make their content work- or school-friendly is new iOS application FaceSaver, which claims to be capable of discovering “two to three times more” inappropriate content than other Facebook cleaning apps and services.
Several existing applications tie location and Facebook together, with Foursquare representing the most prominent example, but Brooklyn-based Onehackmind hopes its public launch of Locist Monday on the iTunes App Store and Google Play takes the combination to the next level.
Facebook continued to introduce new features aimed at helping application developers, following Wednesday’s announcement that mobile app install ads are now available to all developers with the less-ballyhooed rollout of a screenshot importer, which allows developers to import their apps’ screenshots from Apple’s iTunes App Store and Google Play directly into Facebook’s app center.
Facebook touted the success of the Aug. 23 release of Facebook 5.0 for iOS, saying that one-half of its users on that platform updated their applications within four days, and adding that the app’s average rating in the iTunes App Store rose from 1.5 stars prior to the launch of the new version to four stars currently.