Facebook Product Design Director Julie Zhou advocated the death of “users” — the term, not the actual people on the social network — in favor of “people,” as well as the demise of the term “product design,” in a post on her blog.
Thursday, Russian search engine Yandex released a mobile application, Wonder, that was something like Facebook’s graph search mixed with Siri. From an iPhone or iPod Touch, someone could ask Wonder, “What sushi restaurants do my friends like in San Francisco?” and it would come up with a list, based on their Facebook friends’ likes and check-ins. A few hours after the app went live, Facebook pulled its data from Wonder.
With 2012 drawing to a close, Wednesday was year in review time at Facebook, as the social network released its 2012 Year in Review, as well as instructions for its users to create their own year in review posts.
It seems like you can do pretty much anything through Facebook — register to vote, discover a new playlist, find out which of your friends is in a complicated relationship — except hold a verbal conversation. Wondervoice for Facebook is here to fix that. The new voice-activated iOS application allows users to listen to their news feeds and music their friends are sharing, as well as post status updates, all without lifting a finger.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg laughed off the thought of a Facebook phone Tuesday, but many of the features that users would want from that mythical product can be found in Apple’s iPhone 5, which was announced Wednesday. The newest smartphone and iTunes will feature Facebook integration as part of the company’s plan to deepen its ties with the social network via the iOS 6 software update.
Apple officially confirmed that Facebook will be integrated into its iOS 6 and OSX Mountain Lion operating systems for mobile devices and Macintosh desktops, respectively, at its Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco Monday.