Facebook’s work week got off to a rousing start, as many users, including this writer, experienced issues that ranged from being unable to access their accounts to receiving error messages when attempting to update their statuses, like, comment, or post on other users’ Timelines.
The Internet offers a ton of distractions for you when you’re trying to work, but Facebook might be the site you find yourself surprised to be on the most. There’s something addicting about being completely up-to-date on everything your friends are doing, but sometimes it can really hurt your productivity. Good thing there are a number of ways to change your settings in order to keep Facebook from distracting you too much. Cut down on notifications, chat windows, and spammy inbox messages so you can get back to work.
Facebook marked Apple’s official rollout Wednesday of its iOS 7 operating system for its iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices with the release of a new application, version 6.5, with design changes to conform with the new elements of iOS 7.
Facebook added a teaspoon of Twitter to its test kitchen late last month with its test launch of trending topics, featuring popular hashtags in real-time. Now the social network is adding a liter of LinkedIn to the mix, experimenting with the addition of a “professional skills” section of its “about” section for users.
Last week, when Facebook announced that page administrators can now create promotions without needing to use third-party applications, it stirred up a lot of conversation around our office. And it prompted our development team to get to work on a new feature to help our users collect and use the valuable data that comes from Timeline contests.
Now that Facebook page administrators can create promotions such as contests directly on their Timelines without being required to use third-party applications, Facebook app developer Woobox is offering a free method to help page admins pick the winners of those contests.
Earlier this week, Facebook announced a big change to its promotion guidelines. Businesses and brands can now host contests and promotions right from their Timelines, with no third-party applications required. (Of course, there are some limitations, and apps are still useful, especially for gathering and organizing data that are useful for marketing, and for helping to maintain consistent branding.) The change is especially exciting for small business owners who want to run basic Timeline contests.