Redesign Coming to Facebook, Instagram Apps
Facebook is starting to role out major redesigns of all of its major apps, including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. In the core Facebook app, the company is refreshing the design and refocusing the whole service to emphasize private groups over public posts. Different types of groups will now have new tailored features, such as job postings for job groups, and anonymous questions for health groups. In the Dating area, users can now designate "secret crushes" among extended friend circles, where Facebook will match people who crush on each other. The Messenger app is being re-engineered to be faster and "lighter". It will also introduce a new feature where friends can watch a video together and chat about it, and a feature that collects Stories from Close Friends in one place. In Instagram, a new camera interface includes a Create Mode for generating visual content from scratch, without a photo or video. Instagram is also adding a new fundraising tool, with 100% of funds going a nonprofit of choice. Instagram is also starting a phased rollout of in-app shopping for products promoted by creators. WhatsApp will soon gain a catalog feature where customers interacting with a business account can view a product catalog from that business.
Oct 26, 2018
WhatsApp today announced that support for stickers and sticker packs is coming to its mobile apps for Android and iOS. The messaging service is initially offering stickers designed by its own staff and select artists, though it also hopes third party content creators will adopt WhatsApp stickers.
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.
Mar 9, 2017
Facebook is updating its Messenger application with disappearing stories that behave similar to those of Snapchat and Instagram. The feature, called Messenger Day, lets people create short stories made up of photos and videos and then share them with their Facebook friends.
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.