Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone out of his way to mention Facebook’s groups feature during the company’s earnings calls for the third quarter of 2014 and fourth quarter of 2013, hinting during the latter that a stand-alone application might be forthcoming. Forthcoming is now here, as the social network announced the launch of its Facebook Groups app in a Newsroom post Tuesday, saying that the app is available in all countries, for iOS and Android.
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.
With school starting up again, what if parents had an application that mined public posts on Facebook and Twitter to make sure their areas are not “Sick Zones,” where parents posted about their kids suffering from maladies such as the flu? Enter iPhone app Sickweather, which does just that.
Facebook offered an update on the state of the deployment of the STARTTLS encryption standard, which it originally wrote about in May, saying that 95 percent of its notification emails are now successfully encrypted with both Perfect Forward Secrecy and strict certificate validation.
“I love every single Facebook feature and every spammy post that shows up in my News Feed,” said NO ONE EVER. No matter if you are a dilettante dabbler or a Facebook fanatic, you undoubtedly at some point or another have asked yourself, “Why does Facebook do it that way? And why can’t I change it — even a little bit?” There may be some foot-stomping involved depending on your level of frustration. Facebook always has its reasons, of course, and while it claims to want the best user experience, the reality is that the company has a bottom line to meet and advertisers to keep happy. So what is a poor Facebook user to do (besides dump Facebook, but let’s not get crazy)? Call in the Social Fixer — that’s what!
Facebook appears to have tweaked its notifications icon to reflect the locations of its users.
Facebook announced the release last week of Facebook Mentions, an application aimed at helping celebrities and public figures manage their presence on the social network. What do celebrities think of the app so far? None other than William Shatner shared his opinions about Facebook Mentions in a Tumblr post, comparing it to the social network’s Pages Manager app.
It was reported last August by AllThingsD that Facebook was testing an application enabling celebrities or their page administrators to monitor mentions on Facebook via mobile and respond to fans. Nearly one year later, the social network announced the introduction of Facebook Mentions, the latest app from its Facebook Creative Labs initiative.