As more users check their Facebook activity on their phones or tablets, the company’s design team has had to follow suit. When Facebook announced the redesigned News Feed, Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the design was largely motivated by mobile. The Facebook Design team took users behind the curtain to share exactly what that means, and how the company is becoming more mobile-minded.
Add the + sign to the list of ways to tag friends in Facebook posts, as that character now brings up the same options as the @ key, allowing users to choose from their friends and pages they follow while creating status updates.
Facebook is testing yet another alternate layout for timeline in New Zealand, the country that has become the social network’s unofficial proving ground and launch market, and this version features status updates and shared content on the right-hand side, and a refurbished “about” section on the left.
The latest solution to help Facebook users clean up their profiles to make their content work- or school-friendly is new iOS application FaceSaver, which claims to be capable of discovering “two to three times more” inappropriate content than other Facebook cleaning apps and services.
With testing of Facebook’s new graph search feature in full swing, the social network took steps to reassure parents of teens that their children are not at risk, outlining steps that were taken to protect users aged 13 to 17.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day — launching Thursday, in fact — comes mobile application KillSwitch, which allows users who are still Facebook friends with their exes to eliminate all traces of that person from their timelines.
Facebook has been trying to rethink emoticons. First, it placed them in status updates, but now it wants to go a little deeper. BuzzFeed reported Friday that Facebook has turned to a Pixar artist (as well as the work of Charles Darwin) to create new emoticons that really get in touch with how people feel.
The latest addition to the HootSuite App Directory is Socialcast, an internal social network for businesses that uses its real-time enterprise activity stream engine to join people, information, and applications.