Facebook Offs Its Lifestage and Groups Apps
Facebook this week has done away with two separate apps, Lifestage and Groups. The Lifestage app, launched less than 12 months ago, was aimed at teens. Facebook hoped it would gain usage among Snapchat fans, but it never truly took off. The Groups app was available to Android and iOS devices and was meant to help manage group activities. Facebook decided, after digesting user feedback about that app, that it simply wasn't a good stand-alone offering. Facebook says registered users will no longer be able to log into their app starting September 1. Facebook is encouraging Groups users to take advantage of the same tools, which are baked into the full Facebook mobile app.
Facebook Messenger Gains Group Video Chats
Facebook today launched group video chats within Messenger. The tool will allow up to six participants to view one another in a live video call.
Facebook Gives Everyone More Control Over News Feed
Facebook today announced new tools that allow people to fine-tune what they see in their News Feed. It has added a series of preferences that make it possible to select which friends and Pages appear at the top of the News Feed.
Facebook's New Marketplace Is Your Online Garage Sale
Facebook today announced Marketplace, a dedicated place for people to sell and buy goods in their local community. Marketplace is an evolution of swap-and-sell services that have sprung up within Facebook Groups over the last few years.
Facebook Messenger No Longer Requires Facebook Account
Facebook said beginning today people do not have to have a Facebook account to use Facebook Messenger. When first loading the app, users will have the option of signing in with a phone number rather than their Facebook account.