Wanted: Editors. Facebook has been looking to hire contract editors to work on Paper, the Flipboard-like mobile news-reading application the social network has reportedly been developing, two sources told Re/code.
Last June, when Facebook introduced Video on Instagram, the buzz prior to the press event also focused on the possibility of the social network creating a news reader-type product, based on RSS feeds, to take advantage of the demise of Google Reader, and The Wall Street Journal reported later that month that Facebook was working on a mobile news reader that would enable users with mobile devices to see content from other Facebook users and publishers in a visual format created for their devices, referred to internally as Reader. Now, according to a report by Re/code, the social network will reveal a Flipboard-like news-reading service “in the coming weeks,” known as Paper, rather than Reader.
Russian search engine Yandex reached an agreement with Facebook, giving it access to the social network’s “firehose” of public data for the search engine’s users in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, other Commonwealth of Independent States countries, and Turkey.
Facebook appears to be testing the option of question-and-answer sessions for some pages. The social network has hosted Q&A sessions on the pages of celebrities, but page administrators have not had the ability to create them.
In the old children’s game commonly referred to as telephone, the first player whispered a message to the second player, and the message was passed through the chain of participants until it reached the final player, and that player’s version of the message was then compared with the original, as the message was usually changed during the process. Lada Adamic, Thomas Lento, Eytan Adar, and Pauline Ng of the Facebook Data Science Team found in a study that the same principle applies to memes on the social network.
There are Facebook posts by friends that make you feel good, and there are others that, well, make you feel maybe not so good. Tech content aggregator TechHive rated the reactions to different types of posts in its Facebook Misery Index infographic.
Facebook users who have found themselves in the awkward position of liking posts by friends with sad news as a way of indicated that those friends were in their thoughts may soon have an alternative, as Facebook Engineer Dan Muriello said during the Compassion Research Day event hosted by the social network last week that one of his colleagues developed a “sympathize” button during a recent hackathon.
Facebook is hosting the fourth Compassion Research Day Thursday at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., and the social network revealed six important trends its compassion research team discovered while partnering with researchers from Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence, Stanford University, Northeastern University, Claremont McKenna University, and other institutions.