Facebook Offers a Site Free of Mobile Data Charges
May 19, 2010, 9:44 AM by Philip Berne
Facebook has launched a new version of its social network that will be available with no data fees on select carriers. The stripped-down site, 0.facebook.com, "includes all of the key features of Facebook but is optimized for speed," according to a blog post from Sid Murlidhar, Program Manager for Facebook's Mobile edition. The new site will focus on all the textual aspects of Facebook, letting users send and receive messages, wall posts and comments. The site won't offer pictures directly, but will offer links to hosted images, and data charges will apply if a user opens an image. The new site will launch with more than 50 mobile operators around teh world, covering some markets on every inhabited continent except North America. Though Facebook did announce plans for Australia, France, Indonesia and other markets in the near future, the social network did not announce any plans for U.S. carrier support.
Facebook Releases 'Lite' App for Android Phones
Facebook today announced Facebook Lite, a version of the social network that uses less data and will work on less-robust network connections. The Facebook Lite app is just 1MB to install, and Facebook claims it loads quickly and offers core features, such as News Feed, status updates, photos, and notifications.
Facebook Wants People to Talk About Holidays and Events
Facebook today said it plans to offer people conversation starters about holidays, programs, and events that take place locally as well as around the world. The new Messages from Facebook will populate the top of users' News Feeds and each will focus on a specific moment or event.
Facebook to Display Amber Alerts
Facebook today said it has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and will begin to push Amber alerts to users' Facebook news feeds. Facebook said it was inspired to create the service after an Amber alert posted to Facebook by a user resulted in the recovery of an abducted child.
Facebook's Reactions Take 'Liking' to the Next Level
Facebook today made its expanded set of reactions available to all users of the social network. Rather than simply allow people to like other posts, users can now select from six reactions, including like, love, haha, wow, sad or angry.
Facebook Messenger Brings SMS Back to Android App
Facebook today said Facebook Messenger users will once again be able to send SMS messages — as long as they're running Android. Essentially, Android users can set Messenger as the default SMS app, which will route all SMS messages and conversations through Messenger rather than any other SMS apps that may be installed on the device.
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