Every day, millions of people around the world spend countless hours socializing with friends and connecting with their favorite brands on Facebook. With more than 1.28 billion monthly active users, it’s the world’s most vibrant and engaging social media website. As a result, it is equally attractive for entrepreneurs and brands around the world that are looking to find different ways of connecting with their target audiences. Similarly, “solopreneurs,” freelancers, and creative professionals have also found Facebook very effective in helping them expand their fan bases and sell more products.
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.
Facebook announced Wednesday that the redesigned like and share buttons it introduced last month are now available to all pages, and that page administrators can now adjust the width of embedded posts to anywhere from 330 pixels to 750 pixels.
Facebook’s redesigned like and share buttons helped contribute to a 47.44 percent rise in referrals driven by the social network to publishers in November, and Facebook saw its share of referrals skyrocket by 169.88 percent between November 2012 and October 2013, according to an analysis of more than 200,000 publishers reaching more than 250 million unique monthly visitors, by Shareaholic.
Upworthy wants to share content with the world — and use Facebook to do so. The company is in the developer’s showcase for utilizing social plugins and successfully using its Facebook page to engage its audience. Facebook reported that as Upworthy.com grew to 10.4 million unique users in one year, its Facebook page grew to 1.3 million likes over the same period. Upworthy credits Facebook for a large portion of its traffic.
Facebook released an update to its Facebook for Android application Friday, with two features not yet seen on the native iOS app. On Android, Facebook is now allowing users to share links outside of their own timelines — a feature unique to Android devices. Facebook also added voice messaging, which previously was only on Messenger. Photos should load faster, as well.