Upworthy wants to share content with the world — and use Facebook to do so. The company is in the developer’s showcase for utilizing social plugins and successfully using its Facebook page to engage its audience. Facebook reported that as Upworthy.com grew to 10.4 million unique users in one year, its Facebook page grew to 1.3 million likes over the same period. Upworthy credits Facebook for a large portion of its traffic.
Contests are all over Facebook — some are fun and play by the rules, others are boring or illegal. ShortStack put together an interesting infographic that offers tips for brands and pages that want to create a Facebook contest that draws people in. ShortStack broke these steps down scientifically.
The default sharing option for new Facebook users is set to public, meaning that anyone can see posts, even if they don’t have Facebook accounts. There are a few simple ways that Facebook users can change that, to make sure that only their friends (or a select group of their friends) can see posts. Additionally, users can select friends to not see posts.
After rumors of Facebook launching a timed messaging service similar to Snapchat swirled, the social network Friday officially announced Poke — an iPhone application where users can send messages, photos, videos, or pokes that expire in seconds.
Leaving Facebook for good is much like trying to kill a zombie in a horror flick. Even though you’re pretty sure you’ve 86′ed it, you can’t be certain that it’s really dead. My Damn Channel, a popular channel on YouTube, recently tackled the topic of quitting Facebook (and other social networks) in a funny, well-done video series, “Status Kill.”
When meeting new people, it generally only takes a couple of minutes to form the all-important first impression. That’s the idea behind Mixers, a Facebook dating application that gives webcam-connected users two minutes to chat. If there’s a connection, users can request more time. If not, better luck next time. The app has gained a following in Israel, but now the minds behind Mixers have added the U.S. to its user base.
Facebook users love video. So much so that the social network recently trumped Yahoo as the Internet’s second-most-popular video site in July, in terms of total unique viewers, according to new statistics released by comScore.
Ustream is no stranger to providing streaming video service for Facebook users. But now you don’t need to be tied to a computer to share the memories. Ustream announced Thursday night the launch of Broadcast for Friends — an iPhone application that allows users to record live video, which instantly posts to Facebook. The company said launches for other mobile platforms, such as Android, are on the horizon.
Soon, Facebook users may be able to share information about what they’ve seen on Netflix. After a Vermont legislator filed an amendment Wednesday to a 1988 law, data about what movies are being watched can be shared, if the changes are approved.