Facebook announced two tweaks to its News Feed algorithm aimed at ensuring that the content users see is timely: Posts related to trending topics will be ranked higher, and the rate at which users like or comment on posts shortly after they go live will be factored in.
Two more television shows are now more tightly integrated with Facebook, as social relationship platform provider Spredfast used two of the media application-programming interfaces the social network introduced at its F8 global developer conference in April for NBC’s “Today” and Discovery Channel’s “’Street Outlaws.”
The popularity of Facebook’s Paper iPhone application has been slipping of late, and the social network added a slew of new features to its update, version 1.2, with an eye toward rekindling interest in the app.
Facebook announced an update for its iPad application, in which a new column was added on the right-hand side of News Feed, which includes birthdays, events, and four new sections aimed at promoting engagement with trending topics, videos, and games.
Facebook appears to be testing a Tourist Places module, directly under its Trending section, in which users are asked whether they would recommend tourism destination in a city to people visiting that city.
Facebook introduced embedded posts last July to allow its users to add public posts from media outlets to other Web destinations, such as blogs and websites. The social network announced improvements to the feature Wednesday: a new design, faster load times, and the ability for publishers to save their default widths.
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil kicks off Thursday (June 12), and Facebook will take soccer fans through the championship game July 13 with its new Trending World Cup hub, aggregating the best content related to the tournament in one place.
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil kicks off June 12 and runs through the championship game July 13, and Univision Deportes Network will provide exclusive Spanish-language in the U.S., including 24-hour coverage, as well as 56 live games (all 64 matches will be available via its Univision Deportes application). The Hispanic-targeted cable network also reached a partnership with Facebook to add content form the social network to its telecasts, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Facebook has launched several initiatives aimed at boosting media companies’ presence on the social network thus far in 2014 — Public Content Solutions, aimed at providing its partners with dedicated technical and business resources to build out media solutions on Facebook and Instagram; FB Newswire, a project with social content discovery outfit Storyful to aggregate publicly shared content on Facebook, by media organizations and individual users, to aid journalists in their reporting; and the four new media-centric application-programming interfaces it announced at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco last month — but the media industry took a shot across the bow in the form of a long rant posted on the social network by Director of Product Management for Ads and Pages Mike Hudack.