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Messenger group calling
Messenger enables people around the world to communicate with their loved ones, and millions of people use group chats in Messenger to stay in touch. But there are situations where typing isn’t enough and when people prefer talking to one another. For catching up with colleagues or family, making collaborative plans, and hearing your loved ones’ voices, Messenger already offers voice calling from one person to another.
Today we’re introducing group calling for Messenger. With group calling, you can now talk to more than one person at a time, in a group call. To get started, open one of your Messenger group conversations and tap the audio call button. Tapping the button lets you choose the list of people from the group to call. All the group members you choose are called simultaneously.
When you receive a group call, the experience is similar to receiving a call from one person, except that the screen will show the group name (if there is one) and the list of members. You can accept the incoming group call, ignore it or decline it.
If you are a member of a group with a call in progress, you can join the group call by opening the group conversation and tapping on the audio call button. While in a group call, you can see whether group members are in the call or not, and you can call anyone who’s not there yet.
Tapping the red ‘end call’ button on the screen enables you to leave the group call. The other participants will hear an exit tone. And when the second to last person leaves a group call, the call ends.
Give group calls on Messenger a try, and let us know what you think!
Facebook was hacked, via a back door
Because it’s a slow-news week…
Devcore’s Orange Tsai recently discovered that someone had installed a backdoor on one of Facebook’s corporate servers, used for internal emails and such-like. It was a file transfer app that had several vulnerabilities that gave any potential intruder free rein.
Tsai reported the bugs to Facebook as part of their bounty program and waited for Facebook to fix it prior to disclosing the flaw.
If anything it’s a wakeup call to Facebook that they are just as vulnerable as everyone else. It should be a wake up call to you too – if a company worth 317.54 Billion is vulnerable, what’s your chances!
As for Robs shares, oops, a big drop on Friday means I’m currently down £180. I’m hanging in tight, all this regular progress and innovation can only translate to positive gains.
Facebook ranks articles whilst you read them
With Instant Articles Facebook already analyzes how long you spend reading stories while you’re still in the app. Now, it will also measure how long you spend on an article after you click away from the News Feed, without counting the load times.
Facebook say that this to “better understand which articles might be interesting to you based on how long you and others read them, so you’ll be more likely to see stories you’re interested in.”
Make money on Facebook
Facebook performed a survey askingpeople if they would be interested in various options for making money or promoting a cause using their “personal presence” on the site.
Options include a digital tip jar, branded content, a sponsor marketplace, revenue sharing, a call-to-action button or a donate option for charities.
More Info on CNET
TWITTER / PERISCOPE
Twitter and Yelp
Twitter has teamed up with business listing and review site Yelp to supply location services for UK and Japanese users inside its app. The iOS and Android apps will now suggest a list of places you could be at and attach the name, Yelp rating and other bits of relevant information to your tweets for your friends to digest. Twitter.com will be getting the feature soon.
More info on Engadget.
Promoted Pins in he UK
The number of people using Pinterest in the UK grew 50% over the past year, so now’s a great time to grow your business with Promoted Pins.
Promoted Pins are just like regular Pins, except they’re shown to more people, letting you increase sales, traffic and more.
Ready to be one of the first UK businesses to go live with ads on Pinterest?
Pinterest have cleaned up their App
We’re lucky enough to have over 100 million Pinners around the world coming to Pinterest to find ideas to try. With so many people using our app, it’s more important than ever to make sure it works great for everyone—no matter where you
live, what language you speak or how old your phone is.
So we decided to give things a complete overhaul, from what our app looks like to how fast it works. Here’s what’s new:
- A new modern look that lets you focus more on Pins.
- Universally readable, in 31 languages. Kanji, Roman, Cyrillic—now our app is legible no matter what language you read or what screen size you have.
- Crazy fast loading, for everyone in the world. When you open the app, your home feed now loads up to 3 times faster.
These changes have laid the groundwork for future improvements, too. Now that we’ve rebuilt things in a smarter way, engineers and designers here at Pinterest will be able to develop features faster than ever before.
Because this was such a huge effort, we’re starting to roll out these updates on iPhone and iPad first. Make sure to update your app so you have the latest, greatest. Android and web are next on our list to tackle, so keep your eye out for updates in the coming months.
More info on Pinterest
GOOGLE / YOUTUBE
YAHOO / TUMBLR
MICROSOFT / SKYPE
Because it’s a slow-news week…
Buckingham Palace have a Social Media job going for £50,000
Buckingham Palace is in the market for a Head of Digital Engagement, who will be responsible for handling the online presence of the Royal Household.
The salary is £45,000-£50,000 (roughly $70,000) and 33 days of annual leave.
“Whether you’re covering a state visit, award ceremony or royal engagement, you’ll make sure our digital channels consistently spark interest and reach a range of audiences,”
More on CNET
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