Thursday is the first day of spring, and Facebook shared some spring-cleaning tips for users looking to tidy up their News Feeds, shine up their profiles, organize their notifications, and get their privacy settings in order.
It’s been a busy first quarter for Facebook. From acquisitions to algorithms, there have been more than 10 new announcements in the first three months of the year, causing many brands to feel cold toward the global social site. With spring knocking on the door, here’s a breakdown of the most important changes Facebook has made to help brands flourish.
What effect does daylight saving time have on Facebook users? According to a study of anonymized, aggregated user data from the social network by Mike Develin, Lada Adamic, and Bogdan State of the Facebook Data Science Team, from 5 a.m. to noon on the Monday after daylight saving time takes effect, inclusion of “feeling tired” in status updates is up 86 percent when compared with a typical Monday.
The Ideas section of Facebook’s Paper iPhone application will be the home to exclusive content from TED 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday through Thursday as part of a collaboration between the social network and the nonprofit conference series.
Don’t worry, be happy. And according to a study of more than 100 million anonymous U.S. Facebook users and more than 1 billion of their posts — conducted by Facebook and researchers at the University of California San Diego and Yale University — your happiness might spread to your Facebook friends.
From a user standpoint, the A Look Back videos Facebook created to mark its 10th anniversary provided a fun look back at memories on the social network. But from an engineering standpoint, they provided challenges on many levels, and Alexey Spiridonov and Krish Bandaru wrote a post on the Facebook Engineering blog detailing how those challenges were overcome.
Cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook in a $19 billion deal last month, sneaked a unique way to potentially grow its user base into the update to its Android application.
No, Facebook drones will not be swooping down from the sky to deliver up-close-and-personal pokes, but according to a report by TechCrunch, the social network is in talks to acquire near-orbital, solar-powered drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace for $60 million, with the aim of using the drones to help bring Internet access to parts of the world currently lacking, starting with Africa, as part of its Internet.org initiative.