Facebook Adds Dating, Story Sharing, Group Organization, More
Facebook today made a significant number of additions to its platform that will lead to more features for end users over time. For example, a new tool will allow Facebook users to post to their Facebook Stories directly through third-party apps. (This feature is also headed to Facebook-owned Instagram.) Starting with Spotify and GoPro, mobile device users will be able to share music or photo/video content from Spotify or GoPro directly to their Facebook Story with no in-between connection required. Facebook also introduced a Groups tab, which will help people navigate and mange their existing groups through a single, easy-to-find tab. Later this year, the Groups tab will help people find and join interesting groups. Facebook is prepared to help people find others to date. "People will be able to create a dating profile that is separate from their Facebook profile — and potential matches will be recommended based on dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends," explained Facebook. Those seeking love will be able to discover others via similar interests, groups, and events. Dating profiles and features will not be surfaced to mutual friends. This feature will go into testing later this year. Other features headed to Facebook include a new Crisis Response center for gathering information about on-going or past crisis events, and blood donation tools for those available to donate blood in times of emergency. Facebook already announced a forthcoming Clear History tool that will let people delete their Facebook browsing data. These and other features will reach Facebook over the coming weeks and months.
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.
Feb 13, 2018
Google today announced a preview of AMP stories, a new tool for creators to bring content to the mobile web in a new and engaging way. AMP stories were inspired by the likes of Snapchat and Instagram, which both offer people the ability to tell on-going, ephemeral stories that others swipe through.
Dec 5, 2017
Instagram today introduced several new tools that will allow users to hold onto their fleeting stories more permanently. First, Stories Highlights let people create a featured story that can be pinned to their profile.
Jan 23, 2018
Instagram today announced several new features heading to its mobile app that will improve the experience of sharing stories. To start, users can now place GIFs on top of any photo or video shared via their stories.
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.