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FACEBOOK / MESSENGER / INSTAGRAM / WHATSAPP
Facebook Messenger now makes it easier to share your Dropbox files, specifically photos, animated gifs and videos, on iOS and Android.
Stan Chudnovsky, head of product for Messenger said in a statement…
“We want people to communicate just the way they want to on Messenger, with everyone they care about,”…
“Giving our users the ability to share their Dropbox videos and images in Messenger threads with just a few taps will help them bring more style and personality to those conversations.”
How does it work? Now, when you tap the More button in Messenger for iOS or Android, you’ll see Dropbox as an available source. With the Dropbox app installed on your phone, you can share any file in your Dropbox without having to leave the Messenger app.
Videos and images—including animated GIFs—will be displayed directly in your chats. For everything else, tapping Open will bring recipients to the Dropbox mobile app, where they can preview and save files. It’s a quick, simple way to share vacation snapshots, home movies, and laugh-worthy memes with any of the 900 million people using Messenger—whether they’re Facebook friends or not.
There’s a new tagging feature that must be used by anyone posting something tied to a marketer. The tag will alert the company being referenced so that they can view analytics, share and boost the post.
The original post from the “influencer” will get a “with” tag just like you see when you tag friends in updates.
Facebook is banning “overly promotional” content like “persistent watermarks” and pre-roll ads in any sponsored videos. It also won’t allow products, brands or sponsors to be used in profile pictures or cover photos. However, things like product placement and logos are allowed.
Facebook says that the features will soon extend to its live video push as well.
Facebook improved the ways that you discover live video
Yesterday, we announced new features for Facebook Live. We’re always working to improve Facebook Search to help you find out what the world is saying right now about the latest news and popular topics. So, we’ve updated Search with more ways to discover Live video.
Live Video in Trending Topics
It’s now easier to discover Live video in topics that are Trending on Facebook. If relevant Live video is available, it will be included in the Search results pages for these topics so you can get a direct, first-hand look at what’s happening.
You’ll also see a new indicator that lets you know when relevant Live video is available for a Trending topic.
Expect to find Live video in a small handful of Trending topics for now. As more people start creating and sharing Live video, we’re excited to see these perspectives make Trending topics an even better experience.
Our team built a dedicated search experience for the new Live video destination that’s coming to Facebook’s mobile app. Here, you can easily find even more videos across Facebook—just type a few keywords into the search bar at the top of the screen to discover all sorts of videos about things that matter to you, from chefs sharing their recipes to scientists explaining their breakthroughs to comedians trying out new jokes.
As always, you can only see videos that have been shared with you.
These updates are another way Search connects you with the unique, authentic public stories and conversations happening on Facebook. We look forward to your feedback.
Facebook have made it easier to find your friends
Say Hello to Messenger Codes:
Find the 900 million people who use Messenger every month more easily thanks to Usernames, Links and Messenger Codes.
At Messenger, we always aim to make life simpler, fun and more delightful. Starting today we are taking another step forward in delivering a new solution to the more than 900 million people who use Messenger every month. Phone numbers aren’t necessary, and you don’t have to be friends on Facebook.
Since traditional phone books are almost obsolete, we’re making it easier for you to find the people (and businesses) that matter to you and be able to start conversations immediately with the launch of a simple set of tools that are built for the modern world – Messenger Codes, Messenger Usernames, and Messenger Links. We’re starting to roll these tools out today. Here’s how they work:
Messenger Codes are the best way to find people in Messenger, whether you’re standing side-by-side or looking at your computer screen. No matter where you are – online or at an event – all you have to do is scan a code someone shares with you, and then you can start that important conversation. No more back and forth with texts trying to make sure you have the right number saved and awkwardly asking people how to spell their names. Your settings tab in Messenger has your own Messenger Code displayed prominently to scan or share.
We also took special care to make Messenger Codes as beautifully designed as possible so you can use them everywhere – on business cards, online, or in-store and anywhere else you like.
Messenger Links and Usernames are your very own personalized links that you can share anywhere online – from your email signature to a website – so people can reach you quickly on Messenger. You can send your Messenger Link directly to your contacts or friends. Tap or click any Messenger Link to open Messenger directly to a thread with that person or business. We are all unique human beings but sometimes we share the same name! This can make it hard to know you are contacting the right person when searching for them in Messenger. Now, it’s simple to find someone by their very own unique username. You can find and share your username from your Settings tab.
When people connect, powerful things happen and life just gets better …. from an exchange with an old friend that brings a smile to your face or a new contact that changes your life path, or even the world, these new tools will make it easier for you to be even more connected. We also can’t wait to see how businesses embrace these new tools too: http://bit.ly/1NaDWcs.
According to Engadget, Facebook pays news outlets to use its live video service
It’s giving the NYT, Huffington Post and other sites a financial incentive to start streaming.
Facebook videos now has now features that enables viewers of a live stream to click on a range of new “reactions” – emojis for Like, Love, Wow etc. The author will be able to add filters to the video, like monochrome or sepia tones.
“We’re entering this new golden age of video,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg told BuzzFeed. “I wouldn’t be surprised if you fast-forward five years and most of the content that people see on Facebook and are sharing on a day-to-day basis is video.”
Facebook teased an upcoming feature that will let you doodle on your live videos.
What’s app now has end-to-end encryption on every device and for every message, whether it’s voice, text, photo, video, group or one-on-one
Enabling Self Expression with Facebook’s Profile Expression Kit
With more than 4.5 billion views and nearly 30 million profile picture updates every day, Facebook profiles have become the best place to curate your own identity and learn about others. Last September, we launched profile videos to give people a new way to bring their profiles to life. We were blown away by the positive response of profile videos and the variety of creative ways people used them to show off their personality. Today, we’re further unlocking this creativity and lowering the barrier to expression by releasing the Facebook Profile Expression Kit.
The Facebook Profile Expression Kit lets people share videos they make in third-party apps directly into the Facebook profile video flow. The SDK is available now to a select group of beta partners for the iOS versions of their apps: MSQRD, Boomerang from Instagram, lollicam, BeautyPlus, Cinemagraph Pro from Flixel, and Vine. Consumers can now use these apps to create fun and personality-infused profile videos with just a few taps. Developers enjoy attribution within News Feed every time someone uploads a profile video created by their app.
If you have or are building a video app that can help more than 1.5 billion people better express themselves, you can learn more about the SDK here and apply for consideration as we expand access to additional developers.
It’s apparent that Facebook are heavily investing in AR, VR and 360 degree video, during their F8 developer conference they demonstrated their open-source 360-degree camera designs which will be available from Github!
Facebook plan to put augmented reality in your glasses
During Mark Zuckerbergs keynote he mentioned that while his first steps were saved in a physical baby book, his children might be sharing their kid’s first steps via VR with friends and family. He noted that it’s “going to take a long time to make this work.”
Facebook lets you share quoted text with a tool that will help you easily share quotes from an article. Rather than having to copy and paste a snippet of text across apps, you’ll be able to simply highlight the words you want to share and post them to Facebook with a click. In the News Feed, the post will appear as a block quote with a link to the original URL or source.
Other items from F8, on-going…
Facebook’s Account Kit signs you in with a phone number
Facebook to allow Live Video streaming from any device
F8 conference is running live now – http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/12/watch-the-f8-keynote-right-here/
Rob just bought some shares back in FB – I’m getting good vibes 😉
TWITTER / PERISCOPE
Twitter has two new board members, Peter Currie and Peter Chernin will step down after the annual meeting, to be replaced by Pepsi exec Hugh Johnston and UK entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox.
Twitter ads a direct-message sharing button to iOS and Android, this enables you to quickly share a tweet with one of your <followers?> privately.
“…we’ve also heard from many of you that it could be easier to share a Tweet using Direct Message. So now — in just a few taps — you can share unique Twitter content from your timeline right into your private conversation.
This update is our next step towards making conversations richer in Direct Messages. Over time, we’ve added more ways to express yourself using GIFs, emojis, or realllllllyyyyy long private messages, helped you connect with a group of people, and made it easy to get customer service.”
Rob bought some shares in Twitter! Why? It has been loosing value over the year, but I feel that we are at the bottom, given that this week it dipped to 16.22 USD per share, then bounced back to a support of 16.50 USD, what with the latest features and board changes, I’m hoping that confidence will grow and then the stock price will slowly increase. Unlike Facebook it doesn’t need to go up much to make a lot of money! If it returns back to the price it was at the beginning of the year then I could gain 300%, I’d be happy with 100% gain.
GOOGLE / YOUTUBE
Periscope will now let you draw on your lifestream, so that you can point things out whilst you are broadcasting! The scribbles only last a few seconds, so it’s great for temporarily highlighting things and then carrying on with your stream. This feature should be available in a few weeks.
YAHOO / TUMBLR
MICROSOFT / SKYPE
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