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Facebook Announces Searchable Hashtags, Promises More Features For Following Public Conversations. Facebook just announced that it is indeed launching ability to follow conversations via hashtags, as was reported in March.

Facebook Announces Searchable Hashtags, Promises More Features For Following Public Conversations

To be clear, there was nothing stopping you from including hashtags in your Facebook content before — it’s just that they didn’t have any real functionality. In its blog post announcing the new feature, the company acknowledges that this isn’t exactly a new idea, noting that it will be “similar to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest” — when you click on a hashtag, you’ll get a feed of comments using the hashtag. Facebook says its capabilities will include searching for hashtags, clicking on hashtags that come from other services, and writing posts directly from the hashtag feed. Here’s how Facebook explains the reasoning behind the addition: Public Conversations on Facebook. Facebook Now Lets US Users Pay $7 To Promote Posts To The News Feeds Of More Friends.

Facebook is expanding to the U.S. the controversial Promoted Posts feature that lets users pay to get their posts more visibility in the news feed.

Facebook Now Lets US Users Pay $7 To Promote Posts To The News Feeds Of More Friends

It will cost $7 per post and Facebook hopes it will be used for garage sales, parties, wedding photos and other important announcements. Promoted Posts has already been rolled out to 20 other countries and is available to people with fewer than 5,000 total friends and subscribers. Promoted Posts could help surface important announcements and earn Facebook money. However, I worry that Promoted Posts could change the atmosphere of Facebook from one where the most beloved content gets seen most to one where the rich can dominate the news feed. Facebook first began testing the product, then called Highlight, in May in New Zealand. How Promoted Posts Get The Word Out After you publish a post, a Promote button will let you pay to bump up its rank in the news feed — making it appear both higher in the feed, and to a larger portion of your friends.

Facebook & Google

Is Facebook “broken on purpose” to sell promoted posts? In recent months, some Facebook page owners have noticed that their accounts are driving much less traffic to their websites than they used to.

Is Facebook “broken on purpose” to sell promoted posts?

In some cases, Facebook clickthroughs are down by as much as half, despite a huge growth in likes. Facebook Platform Exec Ethan Beard Departs - Mike Isaac - Social. The question on everyone’s minds after Facebook’s May IPO — How long till the brain drain starts?

Facebook Platform Exec Ethan Beard Departs - Mike Isaac - Social

Apparently, not that long. Ethan Beard, director of platform partnerships at Facebook, announced on Wednesday via Facebook that he will soon leave the company. Shortly thereafter, platform marketing director Katie Mitic also announced her departure from the company. If that wasn’t enough, a third announcement came on Wednesday, as mobile platform marketing manager Jonathan Matus also announced his impending departure from the social networking giant.

Beard has been at Facebook for more than four years, and has been in charge of developing relationships with some of the top app makers that work with the company. “I’ve had the pleasure of helping build an ecosystem of incredible developers from innovative startups and established companies,” Beard wrote on his Timeline. Washington state to register voters through Facebook. Washington state residents will soon be able to register to vote through Facebook, thanks to a new app announced Tuesday.

Washington state to register voters through Facebook

The app, developed by Microsoft, allows users to file voter registration forms directly from the secretary of state's Facebook page. Facebook Finally Redesigns Events, Adds Calendar and List Views So You Don’t Miss Birthdays. Facebook has finally redesigned Events so you don’t miss another party, birthday, or cool get-together your friends are going to.

Facebook Finally Redesigns Events, Adds Calendar and List Views So You Don’t Miss Birthdays

Today the site launches the Events Calendar so you can see what coming up weeks in advance, and a List view that highlights each day’s birthdays, RSVPs, and suggested events (though these links won’t work until you get the rollout. The redesign started as a Hackathon project a year ago and will replace the old Events for all users over the next few hours. You’ll access the new look the same as before, through the” Events” link in left-side navigation menu of your home page.

Facebook and organ donors

Congress members tout Facebook's new organ-donation tool - The Hill's Twitter Room. “Being an organ donor can make a difference in the lives of the 114,000 people in the United States waiting for a life-saving organ,” posted Sen.

Congress members tout Facebook's new organ-donation tool - The Hill's Twitter Room

Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.). The senior Republican noted his past legislative work on the issue with former Sen. Decline Of Reader Apps Likely Due To News Feed Changes, Shows Facebook Controls The Traffic Faucet. No, Facebook news reader apps aren’t declining because users suddenly got fed up with auto-sharing.

Decline Of Reader Apps Likely Due To News Feed Changes, Shows Facebook Controls The Traffic Faucet

The user loss is likely due to the transition to “trending articles”, a new way of surfacing recently read articles in the news feed that Facebook is testing. Update: The Washington Post confirms my hypothesis: “Social reader “collapse” is b/c of evolving FB modules. Before: “double-double,” 4-5 stories down in a list, w/ friend icon – drove growth.” Previously, Facebook had been driving huge numbers of installs and re-engagements to news reader apps with a “recently read articles” box that would often appear at the top of the news feed.

Facebook Introduces Open Graph Action Links. Move over, action verbs, and make way for action links, which Facebook introduced today as a way for users to interact directly with timeline applications.

Facebook Introduces Open Graph Action Links

Action links are customizable links that permit app developers to allow users to perform additional actions when the apps’ open graph stories appear in the news feed, ticker, or timeline. Facebook provided more details in a post on its developer blog: For example, when someone checks in on foursquare and shares it on their timeline, friends can already like or comment on the resulting post through the links that appear as part of the story.

With Interest Lists, Facebook Wants to Be a Personalized Newspaper - Lauren Goode - Social. First we had Twitter Lists.

With Interest Lists, Facebook Wants to Be a Personalized Newspaper - Lauren Goode - Social

Then Facebook Friends lists. Then smart lists. And now, Facebook is introducing Interest lists as a way to push relevant content up in the increasingly cluttered news feed. Facebook users will be able to subscribe to broadly defined Interest lists, such as sports, or more specific ones, like NFL football. The lists are created by users, and are comprised of public-figure profiles and pages. The social networking giant, which recently filed to go public, said Interest lists would be rolled out to users in the coming weeks.

Others' curation about FB

The importance of Facebook profile photos [Infographic] - TNW Facebook. Just how important are Facebook profile photos? Very, it seems. Social photo app startup Pixable has pulled together this infographic showing (among other things) that every year we’re changing our profile photos more often. The number of profile photos posted per user has tripled since 2006, while the average Facebook account has 26 profile photos. How did the company collate this information? “We took a random sample from our 500,000+ userbase,” explains Pixable’s Director of Marketing, Loren Appin.

Former MySpace Exec: Facebook Must Avoid These 3 Mistakes. Facebook goes back to college, releases Groups for Schools. It’s back to school time for the world’s largest social network. Partially returning to its roots as a locked-down site just for college kids, Facebook has launched Groups for Schools, or university-centric Facebook communities restricted to active faculty and students with .edu email accounts.

FB & Skype

Mark Zuckerberg is a CIA Agent [Satire] Inside Facebook's Outsourced Anti-Porn and Gore Brigade, Where 'Camel Toes' are More Offensive Than 'Crushed Heads' A camel toe is not a vulva, nor does it have a more proper name. Er, well, not just a vulva. I think it's clear to everyone that your labia cannot be visible in your profile picture. I had never heard the term "moose knuckle" before. The more you learn! You haven't seen much variety of labia have you? Yes, we all have labia on our faces as well. The problem with the genitalia visible through clothing thing is that it brings up the image of visible nipples or anything clearly visible through transparent clothing. As Facebook grows up, it courts Madison Avenue. Facebook Kills Off Deals, Its Groupon Competitor. Foursquare wins major victory with death of Facebook Places.

While Facebook was rolling out some changes to its privacy policies today, the company also quietly announced it was killing off the Foursquare-like Places function inside of its mobile app. The Facebook Places feature was unveiled a year ago and let users “check-in” to various locations. Many saw this as a serious threat to other social location services like Foursquare and Gowalla because Facebook has an incredible number of users. But by October you could already see that the feature wasn’t catching on, with only 6% of Facebook users trying the service.

As an alternative to the Places feature, Facebook will optionally add a location to status updates or pictures. But adding a location to a status is clearly not the same as checking in and getting the benefits of knowing where your friends are. Foursquare has to be happy about this, though the company declined to say anything about the death of Places. Personally, I never used Places because I already had Foursquare for check-ins. Facebook to use Microsoft’s PhotoDNA technology to combat child pornography. Facebook will be the first company outside of Microsoft to roll out the Redmond company’s PhotoDNA technology — a move that the companies are describing as a big step in the fight against child pornography, given the social network’s large user base and its potential to prompt other online services to follow suit. PhotoDNA, developed in conjunction with Dartmouth College, derives what amounts to a digital fingerprint from photographs to be able to find and identify other versions of the same images online.

Microsoft previously donated to PhotoDNA to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. “We hope that Facebook’s adoption of PhotoDNA serves as a springboard for other online service providers to take advantage of the opportunity available through NCMEC’s PhotoDNA program and, in fact, we know that others are exploring the possibility right now,” writes Bill Harmon, an associate general counsel in Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, in a post this morning. Facebook Opens Viral Growth Channel for Pages, Delivering Invites to Like as Notifications.

Ticketmaster Teams With Facebook So You Can Sit Next To Your Friends. When Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard and his new executive team hit the road earlier this year touting a more innovative and fan-focused company -- the Turnaround Tour, we dubbed it in the July/August issue -- one stat was a guaranteed show-stopper.

Each time a ticket buyer shared with Facebook friends that he was attending an event, Hubbard said, that alert generated $5.30 in additional ticket revenue. Then he showed clients the next stage of social commerce, a mock-up of an arena seat map indicating where a customer's Facebook friends were sitting. "Don't you want to know," he'd ask the crowd, "if any of your friends are going to the same show? And where their tickets are, so maybe you can sit near them or find them at the event? "

Facebook's billionaires. Forbes has released the 25th edition of its rich-beyond-belief list. The World's Billionaires 2011 broke two records: total number of members (1,210) and combined wealth ($4.5 trillion).