The good news: Facebook Home can now be run on all Android devices running version 4.0 of the mobile operating system or higher, even if they are not on the social network’s list of officially supported devices. The bad news: In order to run Home on non-supported devices, users must first uninstall (and later reinstall) the flagship Facebook application and Facebook Messenger, and then side-load Home.
Facebook users tapping the social network to get, well, really social will likely be heartened by news that Bang with Friends released applications for the iOS and Android platforms, while a more subtle Facebook app, YouShouldTotallyMeet, is aimed at bringing the matchmaking process to users’ networks of friends.
Facebook appears to be testing a button on the top, right-hand side of the screen that allows users to post directly to their Timelines from anywhere within the social network.
Are you an iPhone user who hasn’t posted to Facebook in a bit? Facebook wants to change that. Spark Capital General Partner Bijan Sabet tweeted that Facebook pushed a notification to his iPhone, asking him to post something. According to Mashable, this is something Facebook is testing.
Facebook’s Graph Search has several uses, such as looking up restaurants in Tokyo that your friends like, or seeing photos that they’ve posted from San Francisco. You can also use it as a dating site, looking up men or women who are friends of friends and meet your criteria. But can Graph Search make you money? That’s what Neo Mammalian Studios and Advantage Capital Funds wanted to find out, in an infographic posted on sister site SocialTimes.
Facebook and its photo-sharing network, Instagram, were all over the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Stephan Alber, a social engineer for young-adult-focused marketing agency Noise, put together an infographic looking at the festival through Instagram’s lens.
In what some people are calling a challenge to blogging site Tumblr, Facebook has acquired storytelling social network Storylane. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Storylane announced the acquisition Friday. According to Mashable, the Storylane team will join Facebook’s timeline team, but Facebook will not gain any data from Storylane.
Facebook loves the Harlem Shake, and we don’t just mean the company’s employees. Various renditions of the dance are plentiful both on YouTube and Facebook. Unmetric and the Shorty Awards recently took a look at how the Harlem Shake spread throughout both sites in an infographic, posted on Mashable. While Jeff Gordon’s version rocked YouTube, the dances done by Lego, Beats by Dre, and Nerium Int. were among the most popular on Facebook.
What is that makes Facebook’s graph search tick? The entity graph — Facebook’s set of place-specific data. Every time users are prompted to describe a little more about places where they checked in, that’s the entity graph at work. It’s Facebook’s way of making sure the real world comes across accurately on the social network. Mashable recently took a look at what the entity graph is and how it fits into graph search.