Facebook is introducing a new ‘Save’ feature which, like many other apps and services, allows you to save articles or posts you see in your News Feed and view them at another time.
This feature can be perfect for quickly getting caught up on your News Feed without viewing every post or article at once, then doing so when you have a quiet chance.
Save will allow you to swipe right and tap the ‘Saved’ button to view them all, or if you forget, you will see reminders of your saves periodically in your News Feed.
We will start to see the Save feature in the next few days as the update rolls out to Android, iOS and web browsers.
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Facebook today introduced a new read-it-later “Save” feature that allows users to save items on Facebook to view at a later time in both the desktop version of Facebook and the Facebook app for iOS.. Users can save links, places, movies, TV shows, music, and more.
Items can be saved by tapping the small arrow in the upper right corner of any post, which also has tools for unfollowing content and removing content from the Facebook feed.
You can view the items you saved at any time by going to your saved items in the “More” tab on mobile or by clicking the link on the left hand side of Facebook on the web.
Your saved items list is organized by category and you can swipe right on each item to share it with your friends or move it into your archive list.
According to Facebook, users will receive reminders of saved items within their News Feeds, which makes the content easy to access.
“Save” for Facebook is rolling out to users beginning today. The Facebook app for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]
It’s official: Facebook now actually owns Oculus VR, the company behind virtual reality goggles Oculus Rift. Though the $2 billion acquisition was announced way back in March, these kinds of negotiations typically take months to resolve thanks to various regulations. Now they have. Facebook and Oculus released a joint statement today that simply states: “We’re looking forward to an exciting future together, building the next computing platform and reimagining the way people communicate.” As for just why the deal took place, Palmer Luckey, Oculus’ founder, has said that the plan is to “promote the long-term adoption of virtual reality, not short-term financial returns” and that the partnership would become the “clear and obvious path to delivering virtual reality to everyone.”
Dying to know what the top ten best shows from the 1990s are, but just don’t have time to click through that Facebook link? That’s okay — the social network’s app is about to get a new feature: Save. Think of it like Pocket, but just for Facebook. Links, movies, places music and more can now be added to a “saved” list by tapping on the item’s options drop-down, enabling them to be viewed later through the app’s “more” tab. Saved items (like an interesting restaurant) can be re-shared to your friends, and if you forget to check your saved items for too long, Facebook will remind you. The update is rolling out to iOS, Android and web users over the next few days. A simple, but welcome change. Skip on past the break to see the new feature in action.
Facebook doesn’t want you to ever leave Facebook — not to look at photos, read the news or chat with friends — and now you don’t even have to leave to buy a product. The social giant’s new Buy button (and associated e-commerce infrastructure) lets you make a purchase directly on the site. Once you click the button, which is currently being tested with select small business partners in the US, a pop-up will prompt you to confirm payment and shipping info, then complete the purchase, all without leaving Facebook. The tool is only available on select merchants’ pages for the time being, including Modify Watches seen in the example above, though it could roll out to more companies if this trial is deemed a success.
Though Facebook’s origins were in exclusivity, serving only college students for some time, the service has since expanded out to billions of people around the world. Today, Facebook’s launching a new approach to exclusivity, and it sounds sadly familiar to reality: “Facebook Mentions” is a new iOS app that only “public figures” can use. What’s a “public figure?” The usual suspects: especially high-profile celebrities, journalists, government officials, and popular brands/businesses. So, the rich and/or famous? Got it.
So, what does the app do? It’s a much more brand-centric approach to using Facebook (which, yes, includes people who are brands unto themselves — Kanye West, for instance). As Recode‘s Facebook-verified Peter Kafka explains it:
- “The emphasis is on posting new messages, photos and videos, instead of reading what your pals have put up.
- There is a Mentions tab that’s supposed to make it easy for stars to see what people are saying about them. It looks strikingly like the ‘@’ tab that Twitter has always had – and also uses the term ‘mentions.’ It is another in a series of moves that are … inspired by Twitter’s playbook.”
It also enables those with access to host live Q&A sessions, as well as streamlining the multimedia sharing aspects of Facebook. You’ve probably seen it in action before: apparently that Dr. Dre/Tyrese celebration video that went live just ahead of the Beats purchase by Apple was through Facebook Mentions.
In so many words, Mentions is a tool designed specifically for people who have assistants to manage their social media profiles. If you’re one of those people (or their assistant) and don’t yet have access, you can download the app and request it right here.
Yes, we’re all excited to get our hands on the consumer version of Oculus’ VR gear, but that doesn’t mean that the company doesn’t take too kindly to scalpers offering dev kits ahead of time. After banning any orders from China after resellers tried to buy them at extreme rates, the Facebook-owned business has now turned its attentions to individuals who were trying to make a fast buck on eBay. When the community spotted one of the forthcoming DK2 development kits being listed for $5,000 and reported it, Oculus found the pre-order and swiftly cancelled it. The VR firm has also reminded would-be buyers that second hand sales don’t come with a warranty, so even if you did spend that sort of cash but the hardware was faulty, it’d be hard cheese.
Source: Oculus VR
When Secret first launched earlier this year, the only subscribers who could see your anonymous missives on the app were folks who were somehow connected to your phone’s address book — they were either your friends, friends of friends, or friends of friends of friends (you get the idea). Now, however, Secret has loosened that restriction just a touch with the introduction of Facebook login support. Now if you sign up with Facebook on the app, you’ll be able to spill your secrets to all your Facebook friends who are also on Secret. Of course, the company promises that no personal information is ever shared and you’ll still be completely anonymous. On the one hand, this lets those of us who have more friends on Facebook than on on our phone’s address book see more Friend posts on Secret. On the other, it does give us a tiny bit of the creeps. Thankfully, the feature is completely optional, so you don’t have to participate if you don’t want to.
Secret also announced another feature today called Collections, which are simply daily digests of posts from a certain category. You can go to Secret’s brand new web interface and subscribe to any of the available Collections — current categories include Popular, Dating, Reflections, Funny, Work and Loss. If you do subscribe, you’ll get secrets from that collection in your Explore stream. This definitely narrow the kinds of posts you see on Explore quite a bit, and it seems like it lets you hone in more on what you prefer to see on there. According to the folks at Secret, they’re still experimenting on how to give users more control over what they see on Explore, which can be a rather daunting task given the growing popularity of the network. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, head on over to the source link to find out more. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.
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The numbers speak for themselves: This year’s World Cup has been setting records all over the place. Not only did it keep folks in the US tuned into their team with services like WatchESPN, but who could forget the most tweeted-about sports game ever in that 7-1 thumping suffered by host nation Brazil — Sad Brazilians, anyone? Yesterday’s final, meanwhile, which ultimately saw Germany beat out Argentina for football’s biggest prize, set great numbers for social media and TV networks alike. For its part, Facebook reports that the 2014 World Cup Final was the biggest sporting event in its history, with comments, likes and posts combining for over 280 million interactions. Twitter, on the other hand, says the match produced a total of 32.1 million tweets and, in the process, broke the record for any event with 618,725 tweets per minute.
As for the streaming front, Spanish network Univision had 456,408 unique viewers total on the Univision Deportes website and apps. To put this in perspective, the Mexico vs. Brazil Group Stage game nabbed 1.6 million unique viewers, though that was before Univision started requiring a cable login to use its service and, granted, included a team whose fan base speaks Spanish. Comparatively, ESPN revealed much better numbers through WatchESPN, scoring 1.8 million viewers for the final match. This, combined with the rest of the World Cup matches, made the event the most viewed in WatchESPN’s history. Whether it was through Twitter, Facebook, ESPN or Univision, it’s safe to say FIFA made its mark Stateside, and globally, in 2014.
Oh, and how could we leave out this great selfie, courtesy of German world champion Lukas Podolski.
- Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) July 13, 2014
[Image credit: Associated Press]
Facebook is prepared to drop a cool $19 billion in cash and stock to buy Whatsapp, but it won’t actually get to until both companies gone through a regulatory rigmarole. Part of that process involves getting the blessing of Europe’s antitrust crusaders and according to the Wall Street Journal, the European Commission wants to know just what sort of impact the merger will have on the companies’ competitors. Its plan to find out? Sending them, erm, questionnaires. The list of rivals that have been asked for input hasn’t been disclosed, but c’mon — does anyone expect them to say “Oh yeah, the merger’s cool, we’ll be totally fine”?
Obviously the big question is whether the Commission will give the mashup the go-ahead, but that verdict is a long ways off and there’s no telling what sort of responses will help guide that decision. We can hazard a few educated guesses, though. The Journal’s Law Blog posits that the constant give-and-take between mobile messaging services could be a big deal — Facebook counted some 289 million monthly mobile users in Europe in its last earnings report, and that doesn’t even account for the hordes of Whatsapp users peppering the continent. That could conceivably drown out the need for competitors like Viber (which Rakuten is buying for a hefty sum), Telegram and Threema, unless they raise their voices in protest. Privacy and data control will reportedly play some part in all this too, something Bloomberg pointed out earlier this year too. Between all of the personal data information you freely offer to Facebook and the contact details Whatsapp has access to, regulators could — and should — pay attention how they manage and use all of it.
Source: Wall Street Journal