Facebook will set up a temporary office in Vancouver, British Columbia, where it will conduct “boot camps” to train recent software engineering graduates for full-time positions with the social network, according to a report in The Vancouver Sun.
People on Facebook love to post about Valentine’s Day — whether it’s talking about how amazing their significant other is, or lamenting the commercialization of Feb. 14. Facebook released an infographic Thursday through Facebook Stories, showing how people are engaging with the holiday on the social network.
National Public Radio has been wondering: What makes a story tick on Facebook? The company examined its geotargeted stories throughout July, August, and September, and found that nine types of stories in particular tended to do rather well on Facebook: place explainers, crowd pleasures, curiosity stimulators, news explainers, major breaking news, feel-good smilers, topical buzzers, provocative controversies, and awe-inspiring visuals.
Facebook Director of Engineering Ari Steinberg booked his ticket out of the social network, confirming to TechCrunch that Friday will be his last day, and that he is leaving to found a travel startup.
Companies are figuring out every way to maximize the Facebook experience while users are online, but what about when they’re not logged in? A new project called Yearly Leaf is conducting an experiment in social permanence: by connecting with Yearly Leaf, Facebook users can order a moleskin-bound book recapping a year of their life on the social network.
Just how much influence does Facebook wield over the Web? According to a study by Zyxt Labs, a lot. The Seattle-based lab studied roughly 1.3 billion URLs via Common Crawl and found that 22 percent of them reference Facebook.
Facebook’s Seattle office held an open house to showcase new digs for the team of nearly 90 engineers working in the Pacific Northwest location.
NPR conducted an experiment using the ability to customize Facebook posts by location with its Seattle affiliate, KPLU, and the experiment was a rousing success.
Washington State Attorney General Robert McKenna is joining Facebook’s legal department in combating a problem that up until now has been fought only with security technology.