The last time Facebook held its F8 global developer conference, in September 2011, huge announcements were made, such as the introductions of Timeline, the ticker, and Open Graph applications. F8 will return April 30, in San Francisco, but don’t expect the fireworks of the previous event, as the one-day confab will be developer-focused, according to the social network.
The once-controversial Facebook ticker will no longer be a part of the homepage for users with the revamped News Feed, but some users who are still using the “old” News Feed design are not seeing the ticker, either.
Most users do not have access to Facebook’s revamped News Feed yet, as the social network is rolling it out gradually, but if screen shots aren’t enough to quell the curiosity of those still awaiting the new News Feed, videos may do the trick.
Facebook’s new search engine, graph search, is every amateur stalker’s dream. Many posts already discussed the new feature for personal use, dating, and marketing, and dozens of others explained about graph search optimization.
A browser extension known as F.B. Purity is apparently impure when it comes to Facebook’s terms of service, as its developer claims to have been banned from the social network.
U.K. newspaper The Guardian will pull the plug on its Facebook social reader application Monday, sending users who click on its links on the social network directly to its website, rather than to pages within Facebook.
While there will likely never be a Facebook dislike button due to the prominent presence of the like button in marketing efforts throughout cyberspace, new Facebook application Defriendtion provides a robust alternative.
Friends of fans are a valuable group for many businesses on Facebook, and also the ones who see loads of advertising daily through sponsored stories, suggested posts, and promoted posts. While users are sometimes introduced to pages they end up liking, many times, posts from pages they haven’t connected with end up being unwanted messages. Social media expert Jon Loomer, in recent blog posts, explained how users aren’t shy about voicing their opinion and wrote about how brands can advertise to potential fans without aggravating them.
For people who have photos all over the Web — on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, etc. — Cooliris is a great way to bring all of those images to one place and organize them. Facebook’s developers team thinks highly of the application, as it earned a spotlight on its blog. Cooliris gained a strong following shortly after launch, and the app has taken off on the Facebook platform.