One of the more underrated features that Facebook has is Groups. It is a way to share content directly with the people that matter most (and are members of the same group). The social network has launched an application for Groups that is currently available in the Play Store. The Facebook Groups app greets users with their most frequently used groups. Of course, they can create their own with select people. Then control which have the ability to send notifications. Just like any social app, Facebook Groups has a Discover tab. It displays groups that may be appealing to a user.
If you would rather have everything in one place, continue using the primary Facebook app. There are no plans to pull Groups support from it.
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Come comment on this article: Facebook Groups launches in the Play Store, keeping members together forever
Your office may try to keep you off Facebook right now, but you may have a genuinely work-related reason to hop on that social network in the near future. Sources for the Financial Times understand that the internet giant is developing “Facebook at Work,” a professional take on its familiar formula. It’ll reportedly look like the regular page, but will focus on chatting with coworkers, connecting with business partners and collaborating on documents. On the surface, it sounds like a cross between Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Drive.
The company isn’t commenting on the apparent leak, but you might not have to wait long to try it out. Facebook employees have reportedly been using the work-focused site for a while, and a handful of outside companies are now giving it a try. There’s no telling whether or not the service will displace the likes of LinkedIn, assuming the leak is accurate to begin with. Nonetheless, it’s easy to see the appeal of a work-safe Facebook that omits all the iffy photos and status updates that you’d rather not share with your colleagues.
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Source: Financial Times
Facebook is thankfully taking more steps to show fewer spammy posts on your News Feed — and we’re not talking about traditional web ads. We’re talking about overly promotional status updates posted by Page accounts, like the ones you can see after the break. The social network promised to bury “like-bait” posts (of the “1 Like = 1 Prayer” type) underneath more relevant content earlier this year, and now it’s doing the same thing to Page statuses that fall under any of these criteria:
- Posts that solely push people to buy a product or install an app
- Posts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real context
- Posts that reuse the exact same content from ads
Facebook’s devs have decided push through with this change, after a survey asking users how the News Feed can be improved revealed that people (as you’d expect) want to see more of their friends’ status updates. Non-spammy businesses and individual Pages don’t have anything to worry about, though — they will not be affected when the refreshed News Feed algorithm takes effect in January 2015.
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If you’re anything like me (and by that I mean you use Facebook), you will have noticed that the Facebook Android app now utilizes a Facebook built-in browser that opens all links while you’re surfing your newsfeed. While that might seem like a good innovation if you want to read that article right there and then, but the way I use Facebook, it’s ruined my mojo.
A big reason for this is the fact I use Link Bubble (if you haven’t heard about Link Bubble before, you should really look into it). In essence, the app opens links I click on in Facebook and opens them in a bubble that sits on the side of the screen, opening the webpage in the background while I continue to surf Facebook unimpeded. As you can probably see, this new built-in browser forces me to stop, wait while the webpage loads, and read it before I move on. Sure this might seem mundane for some of you, but those of you who like to skim through things and read interest webpages and tidbits later will understand where I’m coming from. As such, I thought I’d just mention the method by which I disabled this function, just in case anybody out there is suffering like I am.
First of all you will need to get to your settings – where exactly the settings button is will depend on what device you have, but if you have a physical/capacitive menu button, chances are that the settings option will pop up when you press that.
Once in the settings menu, you’ll notice a setting labelled “Always open links with external browser” (see screenshot above) which will be unticked by default. Tick this and Facebook will go back to its old behaviour, opening links in whatever external app you typically open links in.
Sure, it’s not the most riveting topic (or a particularly good guide), but it made a world of difference to me, and hopefully someone out there will be relieved to find this solution as well.
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Love it or hate it, you have to use Facebook Messenger if you’re to chat privately with your friends on the social network. As we know it, the application features a minimalist design and very straight-to-the-point functionality. That’s all great, of course — but, for better or worse, it could have been so much different. TechCrunch reports that Facebook quietly flirted with the idea of featuring games in the Messenger app, going as far as quietly testing this out and, eventually, deciding against it. Instead, Facebook’s EMEA Director of Platform Partnerships, Julien Codorniou, says the company opted for other ways to cash-in on the site’s gaming ecosystem, like letting developers take full advantage of its mobile advertising platform. More specifically, through app install ads.
Was it a good decision? We’ll never know. But what do you think?
We’ve seen too many clever quips on Instagram marred by a typo or a malformed emoticon – if you’ve fouled up a caption or eight in your time, you’d better download Instagram’s latest update. At long last, those of you whose fingers move fasters than your eyes can go back an edit your captions so as to look as smart as you always thought you were. The rest of the update consists of minor tweaks to how you discover new Instaphotographers to follow: you’ll be able to dig around in a new People tab for new sources of content (as opposed to just sifting through a stream of overly filtered photos), while the app’s search box now returns suggestions for users and hashtags as you’re pecking them out. The update has already started to hit the Facebook subsidiary’s iOS and Android apps today, which means that Windows Phone owners can probably expect to fix their flubs some time after the sun swells up into a red giant and engulfs the inner half of the solar system.
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While Facebook is effectively the default social network in many countries, that’s not true in Russia — it frequently plays second fiddle to local service VKontakte and old-school LiveJournal blogs. The company thinks it knows how to crack this nut, however: apps. The internet giant tells Business Insider that it’s persuading Russian developers to write games and other web-based titles that might lure people away. It’s hoping that the potential of reaching a wider audience will be hard to resist. You may please Muscovites by producing for VKontakte, but you could capture a global audience through a smash hit on Facebook.
Whether or not the strategy works is up in the air. Russia is fond of homegrown technology, and that’s reinforced by a government that makes life difficult for foreign companies. However, Facebook is optimistic. It notes that Eastern Europe is home to very successful, internationally-minded developers like Wargaming; it wouldn’t be a big stretch to imagine the next Candy Crush Saga emerging from a St. Petersburg startup. If nothing else, it’s clear that the Mark Zuckerberg and crew won’t settle for anything less than first place.
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Source: Business Insider
Is there anything more important in Facebook than the News Feed? It is where users flock to see what is going on with friends, family, and complete strangers. It is your News Feed and you should be the one controlling it. That is why Facebook is handing over the keys to News Feed right to you.
On desktop and mobile, Facebook launched a News Feed settings area. It shows which people, pages, and groups a user is following and not following. It allows for quick following or unfollowing. To show who posts the most, the most visible users are shown. Facebook wants feedback to really tailor the News Feed. Is someone posting too much? Then elect to “See less” from them. It will not completely unfollow them if you do not want to, but it will definitely silence them a bit.
The changes are already live on Facebook’s desktop site and the mobile version will see it in the coming weeks.
Come comment on this article: Facebook is giving you better News Feed controls
If you’ve just about had enough of those annoying online quizzes you keep seeing on Facebook, well the social network has just introduced a new way for you to stop seeing them. Now when you select to hide a story (which you can do by hitting the arrow on the top right), you can also request to see less from that person or Page. Or, if you so choose, you can unfollow them entirely. Additionally, there’s also a new News Feed setting that’ll show you the top people, Pages and Groups that have popped up in your feed in the past week. You can then unfollow them if you want, or re-follow the folks that you’ve unfollowed in the past. Both features are available on desktop today. As for mobile, the latter News Feed setting is ready today, while the former “see less” feature will be available in coming weeks. Thankfully, even after you’ve unfollowed your buddy’s posts, your Facebook friendship will still remain intact.
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Mark Zuckerberg took time out of his busy schedule yesterday to answer some pressing questions from the public. While none of the answers are particularly surprising, it was nice to hear the young CEO directly address the concerns of its users. High on the list of people’s gripes was the decision to break out Messenger as its own app. While Facebook has addressed this issue before, it was still nice to hear Mr. Zuckerberg talk about it directly. He and Facebook still believe that the Messenger app provides a much better experience and that making it a standalone product was the right decision. Though he admitted that perhaps the transition could have gone better. If you’re interested, you can watch the entire hour-long Q&A after the break.
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