Yup, the biggest social media giant in the world really does want to conquer everything. Just this week, Facebook has decided to roll out a number of new features that will let users acquire tickets to movies, concerts, and other events, get a price quotation from a shoe repair guy, or even allow family and friends to offer suggestions as to where to get the best cannoli in town. To be clear about it, the new features will be deployed first in the United States market, but almost certainly, they will hit other parts of the world as well in the next few weeks or months.
Apparently, the biggest social media network in the world is now taking on Craigslist and eBay. Just this week, Facebook has introduced Marketplace, a brand new section in its mobile app that allows users to offer basically anything for sale, preferably to other Facebook users in the vicinity.
Facebook has just updated its Messenger app for both Android and iOS devices. As earlier reported by TechCrunch, you can now send polls to your friends through the chat feature. Of course, the poll feature only works in group chats since it would be pretty ridiculous to poll just one person. The best part about the feature is that it works just how you would expect it to -- you type in a question and fill up some possible responses and you are all set.
During this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference held in the city of San Francisco in California, David Marcus, the head of Facebook’s Messenger, revealed that the social media giant’s messaging platform now has support for native payments without having to direct mobile users to an external website.
Yup, another major milestone in the track record of the world’s biggest social media network. Facebook has just revealed that its Messenger mobile app has successfully breached the 1 billionth mark in terms of monthly user volume. Quite an achievement, and it only took a couple of years for Facebook’s chat messaging platform to reach that mark right after it became a stand alone app independent of the Facebook app. Facebook itself reached 1 billion users back in 2012, and quite inevitably, Messenger has followed suit.
It is safe to say that Facebook is no longer just a social media giant. Indeed, the company has already launched drones powered by solar energy and have the ability to connect to one another by way of lasers. Facebook also has launch new antennas that cover urban and rural areas.
Pinterest has developed a new feature that will allows its users to search for products they like with the use of the camera on their smartphone devices. And the social media firm is planning to launch this tool very soon. Basically, this is how the feature functions -- when users head to Pinterest search and tap the visual search button and then point their smartphone’s camera at any product they fancy, a visual search will automatically ensue.
Looks like it, at least according to a report released by Recode. The third biggest wireless carrier in America is reportedly in the midst of discussions with Facebook in order to bring the social media giant’s video services (including FB’s live video feature) to T-Mobile’s Binge On.
Yup, mobile users can now view and transmit traditional text messages directly from Facebook’s Messenger mobile app for the Android platform. Basically, this means that text/chat enthusiasts of today will no longer have to switch back and forth from conversations on Facebook Messenger and threads on regular SMS. Now they can do both within the environment of Messenger, but only in Android for now.
Facebook has announced that it is now rolling out a new feature on its Messenger (both for Android and iOS) called group calling, which basically allows users to start a group voice over IP (VoIP) call from any group chat. To use this new feature, people just need to tap the Phone icon, and choose which of the members of the group chat they want to include. All the selected participants will then get a Messenger call simultaneously.
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