Breaking up is hard to do, and according to a study by the University of California, Facebook makes the process even more difficult.
On the Google Play store, Facebook Home users have made their voices heard. As of Thursday, there are more than 8,300 one-star reviews of the application, compared with 2,700-plus five-star reviews, with Facebook Home earning an average rating of 2.2. During a media session Thursday with selected reporters, Facebook talked about how the company has taken these reviews into consideration and will give users better access to apps over the next couple of months.
Stickers are spreading through Facebook’s applications. Facebook updated its Messenger for iOS app Monday, adding stickers and the ability to swipe to delete conversations. Stickers were previously available on the main Facebook for iOS app, but now they’ve been added to the stand-alone Messenger app.
Facebook updated its Facebook Brand Resources page with more specific guidelines about how to use its logos and screenshots in print, film, broadcast, and online, and how to treat the social network’s brand.
Much to many users’ chagrins, Facebook is testing a service that charges users $1 to message people to whom they aren’t connected. As a test that has now been completed, it set users back $100 to get in Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s inbox (or anyone else with a high amount of followers), but with no guarantee that he’ll even see or respond to their messages. Now Facebook is testing a similar service in the U.K., charging users to contact celebrities and other people with swarms of followers.
It’s not exactly a Facebook phone. It’s not exactly a Facebook application. It’s Home, and it will be on select Android devices starting April 12. The company announced Thursday that the HTC First, as previously rumored, will be the flagship for deep Facebook integration, and other phones will have these capabilities soon. From these devices, Facebook will make a highly visual Cover Feed the focus, bringing users closer to photos, status updates, check-ins — and, someday, ads.
Facebook employees love to take part in Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions. Tuesday, Facebook Product Engineer Bob Baldwin (as well as Joel Seligstein, who works on mobile) took on Redditors asking about Facebook’s Android application, the dislike button, and the future of the company.
Facebook is testing a tweak to its chat feature on desktop, making it look more like Facebook Messenger. Reader Matteo Gamba of Wimdu sent along a screenshot showing the chat feature on the desktop version with bubbles.
Is Facebook tweaking its process for users to share posts by other users and pages? Some Facebook users (including yours truly) are seeing the social network’s sharing options repeated in the pop-up box that appears when they elect to share posts.