The saying, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” does not apply in the world of applications, as the Rooms anonymous chatting app Facebook released last week raised the ire of the developers of Room, an iPhone app that debuted last month, as both apps allow users to create chat rooms and invite others to participate, without requiring real names.
The Facebook Data Science Team enjoyed a honeymoon period recently, using data from check-ins on the social network to determine the top honeymoon destinations in 2014, for both U.S. users and globally.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been red-hot on Facebook, and the social network offered an update on just how hot, saying that 28 million users posted, commented on or liked related posts from June 1 through Aug. 17.
The newest app from Facebook/Instagram — leaked last week — Bolt, is official. The company announced Tuesday that Instagram Bolt has been launched for iOS and Android users in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. Bolt is a way for people to quickly share images via one-on-one messaging, somewhat similar to the most recent app Facebook launched, Slingshot.
Just when you think scammers have hit rock-bottom, they find a way to go even lower. Daily Mail reported that online scammers are attempting to drive traffic to websites promoting adult hook-ups and counterfeit drugs by using fake Facebook pages supposedly paying tribute to victims of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 (MH17), which was shot down over Ukraine last week.
Facebook debuted its I’m a Voter button during the 2012 U.S. elections, and the social network also deployed the button during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in India last month. The initiative is now going worldwide, according to Reuters.
Odds are, most Facebook users have seen status updates in their News Feeds with some variation of the “pay it forward” theme, meaning that if a stranger or friend shows a person kindness in some form, the recipient does something nice for someone else. But which countries and cities were responsible for the most pay-it-forward status updates? Lada Adamic and Thomas Lento of the Facebook Data Science Team have the answers.
With OCP Summit V taking place at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday and Wednesday, Open Compute Project Chairman and President Frank Frankovsky, vice president of hardware design and supply chain operations at Facebook, discussed the group’s achievements over the past year in a post on the Open Compute Project blog.
UPDATED: The final episode of AMC’s hit drama, “Breaking Bad,” aired Sunday night, and more than 3 million Facebook users generated more than 5.5 million interactions during the show, according to the social network, which added that in the series’ fifth and final season alone, there have been 23.68 million posts and interactions related to “Breaking Bad,” from 11.14 million unique users.