The saying, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” does not apply in the world of applications, as the Rooms anonymous chatting app Facebook released last week raised the ire of the developers of Room, an iPhone app that debuted last month, as both apps allow users to create chat rooms and invite others to participate, without requiring real names.
The newest app from Facebook/Instagram — leaked last week — Bolt, is official. The company announced Tuesday that Instagram Bolt has been launched for iOS and Android users in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. Bolt is a way for people to quickly share images via one-on-one messaging, somewhat similar to the most recent app Facebook launched, Slingshot.
Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer and predictive media-optimization technology provider Kenshoo is ramping up in the Asia-Pacific region, announcing Wednesday that it will launch versions of its platform in Chinese and Japanese and open a new office in Singapore, joining its existing locations in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Sydney.
Love is in the air for the Facebook Data Science Team, as it is devoting Valentine’s Day week to a series of blog posts analyzing related trends among the social network’s users. The first installment, written by Mike Develin, focused on religion.
Facebook Weekly Highlights Brings You Post-Typhoon Hoops In The Philippines, Cricket Legend’s Farewell
Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured the photo to the left of retiring Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar leaving the pitch for the last time; as well as the photo atop the post, posted by National Basketball Association superstar and Miami Heat Forward LeBron James, of youths playing basketball in the Philippines amid the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan.