Instagram now offers users a new means for making images and videos even more fun. The social media giant is launching Stickers that show basic names for locations, as well as information on time and date, weather updates, and even emoji. On top of that, the company also brings limited time seasonal graphic elements such as Christmas trees and Hanukkah menorahs, plus a paint brush for holiday candy canes.
Facebook’s Messenger is launching a new group video chat feature that will basically allow up to six people to appear in split screen conversing in real time to one another. On top of that, this new capability will also let users incorporate selfie masks (a la Snapchat). Moreover, a maximum of 50 people will be able to listen and talk over voice, and also make use of text messages, stickers, emoji, and animated GIFs.
Facebook may not have beaten YouTube to deploying 4K 360 live streaming, but it did get the jump on Twitter’s Periscope. This week, the biggest social media platform in the planet officially launched initial support for 360 degree live streams.
Facebook officially introduced a new feature called Instant Games recently this week. This latest feature from the biggest social media platform in the world basically allows users to play games on their own news feeds as well on the Messenger mobile app, and they do not need to install any new app in order to get started.
Not long from now, Facebook, its chat messaging platform Messenger, and Instagram will be integrated into one single mobile app, the Pages Manager -- the social media giant has revealed as much in its official website. Facebook was thinking of businesses in arriving at this decision, especially in allowing those in the business sector to better manage their messages, chats, and comments easily from all three platforms in just one app.
Unbeknownst to many, Facebook actually has established a new division called Building 8, and this team happens to have Rafa Camargo, Richard Wooldridge, and Blaise Bertrand among its ranks. If you are not familiar with this trio, they used to work for Project Ara, the initiative began by Google that aimed to find an effective way of building modular smartphones with interchangeable components.
The biggest social media giant in the world is making some major changes to its in-app camera, infusing it with augmented reality driven features made popular by Snapchat. The new features included animated face masks, superimposed graphic elements, and geofilters, plus filters that incorporate artistic themes inspired by Van Gogh (among many others) as well as a number of new reactive filters that react depending on how the user moves his body.
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.
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