Facebook recently held a hackathon at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., along with Google, Jawbone, Fitbit, Recon, and Pebble, with a focus on wearable technology, but Facebook Head of Mobile Products Erick Tseng told Engadget the social network has not quite figured out its approach yet.
I work with NARR8, a free-to-use application and digital publisher of interactive eBooks. Last month, NARR8 launched its extensive catalog of motion comics, graphic novels, and educational periodicals on Facebook’s App Center — a huge milestone for us, since this made NARR8 the first motion comics application to launch on the world’s No. 1 social network. Today, I’d like to talk about what led us to this success, our first month’s progress on Facebook, and the support that the social network has offered us during the transition from mobile to social.
Facebook released another updated software-development kit, this time for the Android platform, and improvements include the addition of share dialog, support for the object application-programming interface, and an improved login user interface, all of which had previous been introduced for iOS, and all of which are aimed at allowing developers to more easily implement Open Graph into their applications.
Facebook continued its efforts to keep its Open Graph clean, providing developers with a list of best practices for their submissions, and informing them that certain Open Graph actions will no longer be approved: listen; content-consumption actions such as browse, discover, and view; actions triggered by joining or registering with an application; and non-English actions.
Dropify launched in January, integrating with Facebook’s Open Graph and allowing users to make files available for download via the social network, and share uploading and downloading activities to their Timelines and News Feeds. Developer Hike Social Apps late Tuesday introduced Dropify Download 2.0, with a host of new features.
Facebook has been making nice with the media this week, following up its addition of two Open Graph tags aimed at helping media outlets and journalists cultivate likes and follows with a list of tips on how the new Video on Instagram features can aid them in their reporting.
Facebook introduced two new Open Graph tags tailored for journalists and media outlets — one that lets publishers link articles to their Facebook pages, and a second that allows them to link articles to the authors’ pages.
Earlier this month, hundreds of social media leaders gathered together at the AllFacebook Marketing Conference in San Francisco to take a closer look at Facebook’s recent innovations, as well as to share best practices and tactics to better navigate the ever-changing social network.