Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network Instagram introduced its Instagram Direct direct-messaging service to much fanfare last December, but mentions of the feature have been few and far between since. However, according to Instagram, rumors of the demise of Instagram Direct are premature.
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.
Facebook released new versions of its flagship applications for iOS and Android Wednesday, with the iOS app adding some unannounced tweaks to its recently introduced opt-in Nearby Friends feature, while the major addition to the Android app was the ability for users to like posts, photos, and pages while they are offline.
Add video-sharing startup Switchcam to the list of Facebook acquisitions and acqui-hires, as the company’s website says it has been shut down, and founders Chris Hartley and Bret Welch are now working for the social network, according to TechCrunch.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg may not have had much to say about the social network’s reported launch of a mobile ad network during the company’s first-quarter earnings call Wednesday, but someone apparently spilled the beans to Josh Constine of TechCrunch, as he reported that the mobile ad network, named Facebook Audience Network, will officially be announced at Facebook’s F8 global developer conference in San Francisco April 30.
Some Facebook iOS users who installed the social network’s most recent update, version 7.0, received access to a new feature, Highlights, under a new tab, People.
Facebook appears to have embraced the strategy of keeping its friends close and its enemies closer when it comes to television, rolling out several features in recent months aimed at helping TV networks and shows increase engagement on the social network, while at the same time mapping out a battle plan for its Preferred Marketing Developers to cut into TV’s ad dollars with its upcoming video ads. And YouTube had better watch its back, as well.
Facebook Exchange Product Director Antonio Garcia-Martinez announced in a post on his Facebook page that Tuesday was his last day at the company, and he said in an interview that he remained confident about the social network’s future.