Facebook took a giant step forward in its efforts to further align itself with the television, publishing, and event venue industries with Friday’s launch of its Public Content Solutions program, which is aimed at providing its partners with dedicated technical and business resources to build out media solutions on the social network and its Instagram photo- and video-sharing network.
Public Feed API
Last month, SportStream CEO Bob Morgan spoke with AllFacebook about how the provider of real-time sports data planned to use the public feed application-programming interface and keyword insights API introduced by Facebook in September to incorporate its data into live broadcasts of sporting events. The two APIs are no longer the only Facebook resources available to SportStream, as the social network announced its acquisition of the company late Tuesday.
Facebook appears to have embraced the strategy of keeping its friends close and its enemies closer when it comes to television, rolling out several features in recent months aimed at helping TV networks and shows increase engagement on the social network, while at the same time mapping out a battle plan for its Preferred Marketing Developers to cut into TV’s ad dollars with its upcoming video ads. And YouTube had better watch its back, as well.
Cable network Bravo airs “social editions” of installments of its “Real Housewives” reality franchise, and the repeat episodes taps Facebook’s keyword insights application-programming interface, which the social network released in September, to determine what Facebook users watching the shows are talking about and incorporate that content into comments and tweets from the shows’ stars during the social episodes, Variety reported.
One of the latest media companies to gain access to the public feed application-programming interface and keyword insights API introduced by Facebook in September is SportStream, which intends to mine the two APIs for data that can be used in real-time during broadcasts of sporting events, potentially by year-end.
Facebook has introduced several new features in recent weeks aimed at aiding the media industry, including Stories to Share, and the public feed application-programming interface and keyword insights API, but the 1,500 or so online publishers tracked by NewsWhip’s Spike content-discovery tool were already well on their way to a content explosion on the social network, with the top 20 publishers seeing a staggering increase in social interactions (likes, comments, shares) of 288 percent between September 2012 and September 2013.
The average Facebook user does not come to the social network in search of news, but he or she usually winds up discovering news anyway, as a new study from Pew Research Center, in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, found that of the 64 percent of U.S. adults who are Facebook users, 47 percent of that group “ever” gets news from the social network, leading Pew to call 30 percent of U.S. adults “Facebook news consumers.”
Facebook will begin sending weekly reports to the “Big Four” television networks — ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC — and a “small number of select partners,” according to a report by The Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog.