Facebook’s tradition of inviting the press to events without revealing what it is announcing has been passed down to Instagram, as the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network will hold a media event in New York Dec. 12.
Facebook teamed up with Globe Telecom, a mobile provider serving the Philippines, to launch a three-month test of giving its customers full access to the social network without having to pay data charges, Mashable reported.
Facebook Tuesday began testing a completely revamped version of its Messenger for Android application that allows users to instantly see which friends are currently using Messenger, and to send text messages via the app to friends or non-Facebook-using contacts who aren’t using it.
Fox Sports became the latest media entity to reach an agreement to use the two media-centric application-programming interfaces the social network introduced earlier this month, as Facebook and Fox Sports announced a six-month partnership deal Sunday, as reported by Mashable.
Rock band Daughtry has taken to Facebook and Twitter for the title and artwork of its new single this week. The group’s frontman, “American Idol” alum Chris Daughtry, launched a social media campaign that puts profile pictures of the group’s Facebook and Twitter fans into the artwork for the single. The puzzle pictures will eventually reveal the new song title.
Animated GIF files are not supported by Facebook, but users can now add embedded files that share some of the functionality of animated GIFs to their Timelines, thanks to animated GIF search engine Giphy.
Facebook’s embedded posts, which were introduced at the end of July for select media pages, are now available to all users, the social network announced Wednesday.