Facebook’s latest attempt at serving its users with relevant content in their News Feeds involves posts where pages have tagged other pages.
Facebook Security responded to the recent flurry of reports about the safety of sharing location information with photos posted to the social network and other online destinations, seeking to reassure users by posting an explanation of EXIF data on the Facebook Security page.
Through Facebook’s social plugins, businesses are finding new and innovative ways to attract readers and customers. At the recent AllFacebook Marketing Conference in San Francisco, Jason Jedlinski, vice president of digital products and platforms at Tribune Broadcasting, and Jay Budzik, chief technology officer at Perfect Market, showed attendees how a Los Angeles TV station found viewers through creatively using Facebook’s data.
Working out is becoming a more social experience, with Facebook friends offering support on a tough hill or the homestretch. Endomondo knows this, as the application recently deepened its Facebook integration to include the ability to tag friends, as well as to post photos and status updates once the workout is done.
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 has an extensive set of privacy controls, but many users simply don’t know how to access them. The site wants to change that. On Wednesday, Facebook announced that it is making it easier to control who sees your posts, such as introducing privacy shortcuts and clearer instructions when posting.
You know you’ve seen it on your friend’s Facebook profile or Twitter feed: a Foursquare check-in, proclaiming that they are now the mayor of the local burger joint. On Monday, Facebook praised Foursquare’s use of open graph technology, which has allowed the program to grow by leaps and bounds. Foursquare Product Manager Noah Weiss noted that sign-ups rose by 50 percent after Facebook login was added to the application.
Users asked for it, and Facebook has responded. The social network announced Thursday that the native applications for iOS and Android devices now include a share button. Both apps also got an upgrade Thursday, with emoticons coming to Apple and better photo tagging coming to Android.
Although many current users may be a bit fuzzy on privacy controls, Facebook wants to make sure that new users know how they can control their profiles once they sign up. Starting Friday, those who create accounts on the social network will receive primers on security and how to manage their Facebook lives the way they want.