The redesigns keep humming out of Menlo Park, Calif., as Facebook announced a revamp of its pages for desktop, which will begin rolling out this week, just days after revealing a new look for its News Feed.
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.
Facebook and Instagram reacted swiftly to appeals last week by advocacy groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, announcing new educational and enforcement measures regarding discussions on the social networks about commercial activity, particularly when it involves regulated items, such as guns.
Consumption of videos has exploded on Facebook in recent months, and custom-video-player creator LittleCast has created four viral video platforms to help brands take advantage, with some big-name musical talent already on board.
Breaking up is hard to do, but for many Facebook users, their friends rally around them to provide comfort immediately after the change in their relationship statuses, according to the final installment in the Valentine’s Day series by the Facebook Data Science Team.
What happens to status updates before and after two Facebook users enter into relationships? The Facebook Data Science Team was on the case as part of its series on love and Facebook for Valentine’s Day week.
Facebook announced that its users now have the ability to specify custom genders, such as transgender, androgynous, and genderqueer, and they can also specify whether to publicly be referred to as male (he/his), female (she/her), or neutral (they/their).
When Facebook began rolling out its Timeline redesign last March, the social network added features for developers to showcase their applications. Now it appears that one of those features, collections (not to be confused with the collections feature for retailers Facebook tested in late 2012), has been quietly shelved. Existing collections will not be affected, but new ones cannot be created.
Although MySpace may be attempting to once again become a relevant social network, this does not mean Facebook is adding MySpace-like features, as Avast Virus Lab warned in a blog post that a new scam making its way through the social network promises users the ability to add music-related themes to their Timelines and enable songs to play when other users access their Timelines.
Despite Facebook’s well-documented efforts to simplify its advertising offerings, several different dimensions still exist for elements on pages and in ads. Facebook marketing expert Jon Loomer took the most recent crack at putting all of the necessary information in one place with an infographic created for him by Lea Heckley.