New Instagram Desktop Layout?

Some Instagram are seeing a new desktop layout, with much wider images. Reader Guillaume Baratte shared the screenshots below with SocialTimes. Instagram users: Have you noticed anything similar? … [Read more...]

Doodle Draw: The First Game for Facebook Messenger

When Facebook introduced its Messenger Platform at F8 in March, there was speculation that third-party applications for the messaging app would eventually include games. Speculation has become reality. Josh Constine of TechCrunch discovered Draw Something clone Doodle Draw on the Messenger Platform app list. The description for Doodle Draw on Google Play reads: Draw something awesome, share with friends and see if they can guess what your drawing … [Read more...]

Duncan Hines is Facebook’s Top CPG Brand (Infographic)

Facebook Marketing Partner and social media analytics platform Socialbakers crowned a fellow baker as the leader in Facebook engagement for the consumer-packaged-goods category: Duncan Hines. According to Socialbakers, Duncan Hines had the most interactions on Facebook among CPG companies, as well as the overall top-performing post. Coca-Cola had the most likes in the CPG sector, at more than 12.6 million, while the most interactions per 1,000 … [Read more...]

AccuWeather Seeks Best Weather Photos for #FanFriday

Weather fans: AccuWeather wants your favorite weather photos, via Facebook and Twitter. The weather information provider announced the launch of #FanFriday, in which fans can submit images such as weather selfies or people and pets having fun with the weather, by posting them to the AccuWeather Facebook page or to Twitter with the hashtag #FanFriday. AccuWeather said it will select weekly winners, which will be revealed on its Facebook page every … [Read more...]

Facebook Messenger Surpasses 1 Billion Android Downloads

Facebook vice president of messaging David Marcus announced a significant milestone for the social network’s Messenger application for Android: 1 billion downloads. Marcus shared the image to the right from the Google Play store, with Messenger boasting the 1 billion downloads badge, and he wrote in a Facebook post: Happy to make it to the very exclusive Android 1 billion+ downloads club. The Messenger team has been busy of late, with new … [Read more...]

Warning: Facebook Users Should Avoid Unfriend Alert

Facebook users who downloaded an application called Unfriend Alert need to be on the alert, according to Pieter Arntz of Malwarebytes Labs. Arntz cautioned in a blog post that the app did not do what it promised. What it did do, however, was send victims’ login information to Unfriend Alert also does not show up on Facebook users’ lists of apps, Arntz warned, adding: In general, it is a bad idea to give your Facebook … [Read more...]

Facebook Marketing Partner Falcon Social Heads to Brooklyn

Brooklyn is set to welcome a Facebook Marketing Partner, as Falcon Social announced the relocation of its North American headquarters from Manhattan to Williamsburg. Falcon Social was founded in 2010, and the social media management software company moved into its current headquarters at 401 Broadway last year. The company closed a $16 million series-B funding round earlier this year, bringing its total financing to date to $25.33 million, and … [Read more...]

Facebook Disconnects Facebook Connect From Microsoft

Microsoft is apparently not part of the world Facebook wants to connect, as an update to the social network’s Graph API removed the ability for several Microsoft applications and services to support Facebook Connect. In a Microsoft Office support blog post, Microsoft explained how the changes to Facebook’s Graph API affect the following products: contacts Calendar sync on, Windows, Windows Phone and Office 365 The Windows … [Read more...]

Facebook Extends Availability of Place Tips

Facebook began testing its location-based place tips optional feature with iPhone users in January, and the social network announced Monday that it is expanding the availability of place tips to more small and midsized businesses. When Facebook introduced place tips in January, it said in a Newsroom post: When you tap on place tips, you’ll see a series of cards with info about the place you’re at. If you choose to view place tips, you’ll find … [Read more...]

Report: Periscope, Meerkat Have Long Road Ahead of Them

Despite the hype surrounding live-video-streaming applications Periscope and Meerkat, a recent study by eMarketer found interest in them to be "generally low." According to eMarketer, an April poll by Horizon Media found that just 21 percent of respondents had used or were interested in using Periscope or Meerkat. The results were heavily skewed by age, as eMarketer reported that one-half of millennials (aged 18 through 34) said they would use … [Read more...]

Facebook Tweaking Groups Homepage?

Facebook appears to be tinkering with its groups homepage, giving users more sorting options. Reader Kavitha Gopan, co-founder of IPIX Solutions, shared the screenshots below from her groups homepage, noting that users can now sort groups by recently visited, latest activity and alphabetical order. Gopan also said in an email to SocialTimes that the thumbnails appear larger, and that the homepage has two sections: favorites and sorted … [Read more...]

Infographic: How Millennials in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina Access Facebook

90 percent of millennials in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina access Facebook daily, compared with 87 percent for online searches and 72 percent for watching television, according to a new study by global media analytics expert comScore, commissioned by Facebook. Other findings in the study, as reported in a Facebook IQ post, included: 86 percent of respondents access Facebook via mobile devices, compared with 69 percent for computers. 59 percent … [Read more...]

Full-Court Press From Facebook for NBA Finals Posts?

Is Facebook prompting users to post about the National Basketball Association Finals? Reader Jedrzej JD Derylo commented on a friend’s post about cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers in game one of the NBA Finals, against the Golden State Warriors, as pictured below. Then, when Derylo looked at his status update box, it featured an image of a basketball and the text, "The Cavaliers are playing today. What’s on your mind?" Derylo said in an email … [Read more...]

Facebook Adding Functionality to Messaging by Pages?

Facebook appears to be testing enhanced messaging features for pages. Reader Chris Ruberg, social community specialist at OneCommand, shared the screenshots below, in which page administrators are able to create and send saved replies, as well as adding personalization touches, such as the first and/or last names of the users or the admins, or the company’s URL or address. We also got this tip from Geoffrey Moffett of Triovia Media. Page admins: … [Read more...]