The package, wrapped with brown paper and a white ribbon, contained a wooden block, 4 inches long and wide and 1.75 inches thick, covered with a printed Instagram shot and a slot in the back so it can be hung on the wall. The included note invited the press to "share a moment with Kevin Systrom and the Instagram team." The event will kick off at 10 a.m. on December 12 in Midtown … Read more
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- More than 1 million people help Facebook test its Android app, the social network said Wednesday.
Christian Legnitto, Facebook's manager of mobile release engineering, said the company has more than 1 million users who have signed up for the company's beta testers program and 50,000 users for its alpha program. The two programs let users try out early versions of Facebook's app before it's released to the public. That means the apps are buggy and unpolished, but users can give instant feedback within the app. This lets the company improve its … Read more
Facebook is tops among mobile users, at least based on the results of a recent survey.
In a report released Wednesday, research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners asked mobile phone users for the names of the three apps they use most frequently. Facebook scored the top spot, ranked by 45 percent of those polled. Twitter came in second at 13 percent, followed by Candy Crush at 11 percent.
"Facebook just dominates mobile phones, in terms of most frequent use, not just downloads," CIRP partner and co-founder Mike Levin said in a statement. "For most other apps, including … Read more
Ephemeral-message app Snapchat is proving to be a rather adamant thorn in Facebook's side.
Less than three weeks after rebuffing Facebook's $3 billion acquisition offer, Snapchat has stolen away Emily White, the social network's business lead responsible for bringing advertising to Instagram, to fill its COO spot, AllThingsD reported Tuesday.
White said she couldn't pass up the offer to take on a leadership role at the app that just last month announced it surpassed Facebook in daily photo uploads and is cruising toward a massive multibillion dollar valuation. "I have always been captivated by the … Read more
Facebook said Monday that it will start showing members more links to news articles when they visit the social-networking site, especially when they do so from their smartphones. The news-focused alternation marks yet another change to the formula that Facebook uses to pick the content that shows up in the News Feed.
With the adjustment, the social network will attempt to surface more of what it calls "high quality content," or links to newsy articles about current events, sports, or interests. Should a person click on a link to an article, he or she may also find three … Read more
Miss the days of real-world slideshows, when your guests would come by to see your vacation photos and hear you tell the story behind the shots? Ukrainian startup TopTechPhoto launched a service called Live.pics.io on Wenesday that aims to reproduce the experience online.
The service works over a private chat room on the Web, but the company plans to launch a Facebook app in a week or two that uses the service, too.
Sites such as Flickr or Facebook are fine for sharing photos, but they aren't set up for a live conversational tour of a photo … Read more
Facebook isn't on the outs among teenagers, at least according to its chief operating officer.
In an interview with AllThingsD published on Friday, Sheryl Sandberg responded to concerns that the social network has seen a drop in its teenage population. Those concerns were triggered a few weeks ago following comments by CFO David Ebersman.
"Our best analysis on youth engagement in the US reveals that usage of Facebook among US teens overall was stable from Q2 to Q3, but we did see a decrease in daily users, specifically among younger teens," Ebersman said during the company's … Read more
Snapchat users may be snapping past their Facebook counterparts when it comes to uploading photos.
A Snapchat represenative told CNET on Tuesday that the site now processes 400 million snaps per day. That jibes with information given earlier to Business Insider. In contrast, Facebook users upload around 350 million photos per day, Business Insider said, citing a source at Facebook.
But the comparison isn't apples to apples. Among the 400 million snaps, 88 percent of those were sent by Snapchat members to one single recipient, according to a tweet from the company. That figure also includes both photo and … Read more
The line was in reference to Facebook's practice of showing a user's public profile picture, comments, and "likes" with ads. Opponents said the language assumed that minors had previously discussed the terms of the site with their parents or guardians, according to The Wall Street Journal. The issue ultimately landed with the Federal Trade Commission in the form of a complaint.
Facebook argued that the language was not intended to expand its marketing reach.
"We … Read more