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by Adam Rosenberg on Mar 26, 2013 fFacebook is rolled out new threaded replies to pages yesterday. This allows page admins to reply to individual comments from fans on a post and create threaded conversations.
(Credit: James Martin/CNET) To understand where teens like to spend their virtual time nowadays, just watch them on their smartphones.
They’ve been eyeing each other across the way for years. Two 500lbs giant alpha-male gorillas with faeces in hand and ready to throw. Did Google finally strike the first blow? I was using Spreecast (a Google Hangouts competitor) few days ago, when I got an alert that Chrome is not fully compatible with all Spreecast functions.
Facebook recently started testing a new version of its Timeline design that cuts the number of columns for posts from two to one. While there are still two columns, the left one is for items shared on a user’s profile (Wall posts, status updates, and so on) while the right one is for everything else you want on your profile (boxes for Friends, Photos, Places, and so on). In fact, the column on the left is made wider to accommodate all posts while the column on the right is narrower but still manages to include active modules. Facebook manages to pull this off by simply making the content on the right taller instead of wider (for example, the Friends box is 3×3 instead of the current 2×4).
As investors agonize over Facebook's future, the online social network used by a seventh of the world's population isn't forgetting the importance of play. Nearly a quarter of Facebook members play online and developers of game applications are keenly tuned into the trend of using smartphones or tablets to connect to the social network. With 235 million folks taking part in games at Facebook, the Northern California company sees a potential revenue source in the mobile arena, where it has been lambasted for failing to profit from its popularity. "Games really are important to us at Facebook because they are something our users love and our developers build businesses around," said Matt Wyndowe, head of the games and applications team at Facebook.
iStockphoto Facebook thinks it has figured out how to sell mobile ads , after all. And it made sure to tell Wall Street last month. But at least one analyst isn’t convinced that Facebook has cracked the code. BTIG’s Rich Greenfield has seen a lot of Facebook’s ads on his phone recently, and he is unimpressed. His main beef: Facebook, which should be armed with an enormous amount of information about him, keeps showing him ads for things he doesn’t care about, like display ads from Target and Samsung.
It’s been an "septimana horribilis" (horrible week) for social networking giant Facebook . First, Facebook got its keister handed to it by Google+ in a customer satisfaction survey. Then another report showed that Facebook is bleeding users. This isn’t the end of the world for Facebook. There’s still hope for the company. But a radical shift is needed now to stop Facebook from declining into irrelevancy.
Over the weekend, news reports emerged that Facebook was buying Spool , a mobile-oriented social bookmarking service started by Avichal Garg and Curtis Spencer. At the surface, this seems like yet another acqua-hire but scratch a little deeper and you start to understand Facebook’s motivation in buying this company. Spool was started in late 2010 and launched an app that essentially allowed you to take web content and access it through an iPhone app. So far, if you are thinking it doesn’t seem any thing special, you are going to be right.
Faces and names have been obscured for this screenshot. Callum Haywood , an 18-year-old developer from England, is making waves in the Facebook privacy waters. His recently launched site, We Know What You're Doing, culls embarrassing status updates and catalogs them for the world to see.
Instagram's jaw-dropping $1 billion price tag became a lot more understandable on Thursday with the release of Facebook Camera for iOS . The app — which was in development before the social network made its offer to buy Instagram about six weeks ago — gives us a glimpse at how Facebook was planning to compete against the young mobile-first startup. It also showcases just how important Instagram is to Facebook's future . Instagram's Success Was Not a Fluke
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