Facebook often comes into play during natural disasters or other crisis situations as a means for users to check on friends and loved ones, or alert them that they are safe. The social network introduced a tool Thursday to simplify the process, Safety Check.
The most likely customers for goods and services offered by small and midsized businesses are people located near those businesses, and Facebook Tuesday officially introduced a new advertising feature aimed at bringing SMBs and their potential nearby customers together, local awareness ads, which were spotted in use last month.
From his retirement announcement via a Feb. 12 Facebook post to the final innings of his Major League Baseball career last week, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has incorporated Facebook into his farewell season. Rob Shaw, who works on strategic partner development for sports media content at the social network, examined how Jeter’s swan song played out on Facebook in a post on the Facebook Media blog.
With owners of Apple devices being able to upgrade to iOS 8 starting Wednesday, Facebook is prepared for the new mobile operating system, as well.
Facebook appears to have quietly launched radius-based advertising, which allows local businesses to determine a radius surrounding their locations, after which the social network provides them with a figure of how many users they can reach.
With all of the mostly misguided hysteria about Facebook’s Messenger applications and the user data they request permission to access, satire and entertainment blog Cream Bmp Daily may have concocted the most outlandish tale to date, saying that illegal conversations conducted on the messaging apps are being forwarded to law-enforcement authorities.
Facebook appears to have tweaked its notifications icon to reflect the locations of its users.
Security outfit MyPermissions released version 3.0 of its Android application, which provides users with a dashboard displaying all apps on their devices that are accessing personal data, including via Facebook and other social networks.
Looking for an event to attend? Boulder, Colo.-based startup Eventblimp has more than 20 million of them aggregated in its hangar, from Facebook, Meetup, Eventbrite, Bandsintown, SeatGeek, and Eventful, accessible via the Web or its new iOS application.