Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone out of his way to mention Facebook’s groups feature during the company’s earnings calls for the third quarter of 2014 and fourth quarter of 2013, hinting during the latter that a stand-alone application might be forthcoming. Forthcoming is now here, as the social network announced the launch of its Facebook Groups app in a Newsroom post Tuesday, saying that the app is available in all countries, for iOS and Android.
Social-media giving campaign “The Give Back” gave back, as Publishers Clearing House delivered a check for $200,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital following the fourth year of the initiative.
Keeping it local is the way to go when it comes to Facebook pages, as a recent study from social media analytics platform Socialbakers found that local pages far outperform global pages in terms of engagement, due to the quality and frequency of localized content.
Facebook users are going to like this news, and page administrators will likely not: The social network announced Friday that users will begin seeing fewer promotional posts — not ads, but posts from pages – in their News Feeds starting in January.
Facebook continued its series of studies with strategic agency Firefly Millward Brown with a look at newlyweds on the social network, finding that most of them are focused on planning and saving for their futures.
Facebook appears to have quietly revamped its Places page, adding distinctive cover images and different sections by city and category, along with integration with the social network’s page locations application-programming interface, Graph Search queries and user-generated content. Reader Matteo Gamba shared several screenshots with AllFacebook.
Facebook introduced audience insights in May as a way for brands to learn more about the audiences they target with their ads on the social network in order to refine their strategies, but what technical challenges did it face, and how were they overcome? Software engineers Deniz Demir, Islam AbdelRahman, Liang He and Yingsheng Gao answered those questions in a post on Facebook’s engineering blog.