Facebook is adding a hint of Shazam to its flagship applications for iOS and Android in the form of an optional feature that allows users to use the microphones on their devices and identify songs, television shows, or movies for inclusion in status updates.
Context is key, and Facebook is running a test on its flagship iOS application in which users will see what it calls context cards, which appear over their News Feeds and provide detailed information after they check in or link to subjects such as movies or songs in status updates.
Don’t tell Facebook users that soccer isn’t popular in the U.S.: The social network revealed in a post on the Facebook for Business page that approximately 500 million of its 1.28 billion monthly active users are fans of the beautiful game, with 48.9 million of those in the U.S., second only to the host country of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and in the case of deep links within applications, App Links, an open, cross-platform solution for app-to-app linking introduced by Facebook at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday, bypasses mobile browsers as part of its straight line.
Alzheimer’s Research UK is using a Facebook application to show users what dementia does to their brains.
Odds are, most Facebook users have seen status updates in their News Feeds with some variation of the “pay it forward” theme, meaning that if a stranger or friend shows a person kindness in some form, the recipient does something nice for someone else. But which countries and cities were responsible for the most pay-it-forward status updates? Lada Adamic and Thomas Lento of the Facebook Data Science Team have the answers.
Facebook has become a virtual newsroom of sorts, with a recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project finding that three out of 10 U.S. adults get at least some news while on Facebook, and 78 percent of Facebook users see news while navigating the site. Now, the social network is aiming to become an invaluable resource for journalists and media organizations, announcing that it teamed up with social content discovery outfit Storyful to launch FB Newswire.