Facebook to Turn Messenger Into a Platform for Apps
Facebook today announced Messenger Platform, an expansion of its messaging application that will let developers tap into key features. Facebook envisions Messenger Platform as new place for people to express themselves and share content. Allowing developers to hook into Messenger means users will eventually be able to do much more with their conversations, such as create animated GIFs. People will soon be able to browse for Messenger apps directly from Messenger. Facebook said 40 apps will be available at launch. Facebook also announced Messenger for Business. The idea here is to allow people to communicate with businesses via Messenger rather than via phone or other means. Facebook views it as a more convenient approach to communications between customers and companies. In an example provided on stage during its F8 developer conference, Facebook demonstrated how Messenger — rather than email — can be used by businesses to provide purchasing and shipping details when shopping online. Facebook said apps for Messenger and Messenger for Business will go live in a few weeks.
Facebook Brings GIFs to Comments
Jun 15, 2017
Facebook today made it possible to share GIFs within comment threads on posts. Facebook Messenger has supported GIFs for some time; in fact, people share 25,000 GIFs in Messenger every minute, totaling some 13 billion GIFs in 2016.
Google's Shopping Actions Make It Easy to Buy Stuff from Search Results
Mar 19, 2018
Google today announced its Shopping Actions program, a way for retailers to surface their products in search results and ensure those products are easy to purchase. Google is bringing Shopping Actions to Google Assistant and Google Search, which will include a universal shopping cart on mobile devices, desktops, and Google Home products.
Instagram Debuts Video Chat and Bully Filters
May 1, 2018
Instagram today revealed several new features meant to help connect and protect users that it will add over the next few months. First up is video chatting.
Instagram Intros Live Video and Disappearing Photos
Nov 21, 2016
Instagram today announced two new features for its mobile app that expand how people can share photos and videos. First, the social network is marking the debut of live video within Instagram Stories.