Facebook appears to be testing a feature on certain pages for places that allows users to save bookmarks to the pages, in both desktop and mobile, and to share those saved places with other users.
Facebook appears to be testing the ability to filter search results by category, with the option directly beneath its search bar to see all results, people, pages, places, groups, applications, or events.
Facebook is adding review buttons to pages for places, located between the like button and the messages button, joining the follow button spotted earlier this week by reader Matteo Gamba of Wimdu, who also shared the screenshots for this post.
The people talking about this tally was missing from Facebook pages Wednesday, as pointed out by several readers, and while we initially assumed it was part of changes to page insights announced by the social network last month, it turned out to be a coding error.
Facebook has redesigned the way mobile users view pages. The company announced Tuesday that pages will take on a sleeker look, making it easier for users to like, message, call, as well as see if a business is open. Users can also easily see how many times they’ve checked into place-based pages. Those who manage Facebook pages can also easily switch from the admin view to the public view. This new design will roll out to iOS users Tuesday and Android users later on.
Facebook’s graph search, which is slowly being rolled out to more people, has major implications for brands. It could change the way that companies advertise not only on Facebook, but in their brick-and-mortar stores, too. Mark Simmons, co-founder and managing partner of Mixed Digital, spoke with AllFacebook about how companies can get their pages ready for graph search — taking both a digital and tangible approach.
Facebook wants its users to find five-star accommodations and other places, as the social network is apparently testing the use of the five-star ratings system, which allows users to rate applications, for places.
Facebook’s accelerated focus on search may soon be extended to the navigation bar that appears throughout the site, as sister blog Inside Facebook reported, via a tip from Ignited Art Director Jeremy Carson, that some users of the social network are seeing a rejiggered version of the navigation bar, with the search box next to the word “Facebook,” and the icons for messages and notifications pushed to the right-hand side.
Inside Facebook pointed out that this test version of the navigation bar also does not feature a “home” link, meaning that users must click the Facebook logo to return to their homepages.