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.
Facebook page administrators, beware: While the social network does have verified pages, do not respond to notifications from a page called Verified Page that request permission to take ownership of your pages.
Music fans have embraced concert-discovery application Bandsintown, and now the company is targeting artists and managers with its new app, Bandsintown Manager, aimed at allowing them to manage their social presences via their devices.
Facebook released new versions of its flagship applications for iOS and Android Wednesday, with the iOS app adding some unannounced tweaks to its recently introduced opt-in Nearby Friends feature, while the major addition to the Android app was the ability for users to like posts, photos, and pages while they are offline.
Prepare to see fewer stories from applications in News Feed, as Facebook announced a change to its News Feed algorithm that will emphasize what it calls explicitly shared stories from apps, or stories that users share by taking explicit actions, and cut back on implicitly shared stories, or stories automatically shared by apps without actions by the users.
In a study of one day’s worth of Facebook’s notification email logs, the social network found that 76 percent of unique MX host names that receive its emails support the STARTTLS encryption standard, meaning that 58 percent of its emails were successfully encrypted.