Odds are that most people are using Facebook while at work, whether they are permitted to do so or not, and now, a source tells Ingrid Lunden of TechCrunch, the social network is looking to capitalize on those users with FB@Work, a work version of Facebook being developed at the company’s offices in London.
The competition between Facebook and Snapchat has extended past the mobile messaging sector and into the executive ranks, as Mike Randall, global director of Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Developer program, left the social network to become vice president of business and marketing partnerships for the mobile messaging application.
Facebook released new versions of its flagship applications for iOS and Android Wednesday, with the iOS app adding some unannounced tweaks to its recently introduced opt-in Nearby Friends feature, while the major addition to the Android app was the ability for users to like posts, photos, and pages while they are offline.
The video-sharing application and Snapchat competitor that was first reported by Financial Times last month appears to be ready to “Slingshot” itself onto the iTunes App Store, as TechCrunch, The Verge, and sister blog Inside Facebook all caught glimpses of a listing for the new Slingshot app before Facebook began to remove it from the App Store, and AllFacebook spotted it on the App Store page for Malaysia (still live at the time of this post, with a release date of June 10).
Add video-sharing startup Switchcam to the list of Facebook acquisitions and acqui-hires, as the company’s website says it has been shut down, and founders Chris Hartley and Bret Welch are now working for the social network, according to TechCrunch.
Facebook made some announcements about its Autofill with Facebook mobile payments feature at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday, making the feature available to Facebook commerce provider Ecwid, as well as testing an extension of Autofill with Facebook with test partner JackThreads, TechCrunch reported.
In mid-March, Facebook confirmed that it was developing a single interface to allow large advertisers, enterprises, and agencies to manage multiple campaigns and pages, Business Manager. The social network announced Monday in a post on its Facebook for Business page that it was expanding the availability of Business Manager, adding that it is currently available to a “limited number” of advertisers in the U.S., and that it will roll out internationally “within a few weeks.”
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg may not have had much to say about the social network’s reported launch of a mobile ad network during the company’s first-quarter earnings call Wednesday, but someone apparently spilled the beans to Josh Constine of TechCrunch, as he reported that the mobile ad network, named Facebook Audience Network, will officially be announced at Facebook’s F8 global developer conference in San Francisco April 30.
Facebook is officially introducing a feature it has toyed with in simpler form in the past, as the social network announced the launch of Nearby Friends in a Newsroom post, saying that it will be available to U.S. Android and iPhone users “in the coming weeks.”