How Does Facebook Improve Its Mobile Apps?
Earlier this week, Facebook released an update for its iOS application, integrating popular features from the stand-alone Camera and Messenger apps. On Friday, the site’s engineering team shared how they use these apps to see what shutterbugs and messaging mavens like best before they tweak the main app.
INFOGRAPHIC: How Businesses Are Making Friends On Facebook
The holy grail for a brand on Facebook is the advocate. But how does a brand turn an everyday Facebook fan into someone who is willing to share and speak positively about the company? Ambassador, a social referral platform, laid out a timeline illustrating how a user becomes a brand advocate.
How Do Facebook’s Opt-In Notifications, Pages Feed Affect Brands?
Facebook set the marketing world abuzz when it began testing two features: opt-in notifications for page updates (so users can be pinged whenever a page they have chosen posts) and a separate pages feed (where users can see all posts from all pages they’ve liked). Jason Weaver, CEO of Shoutlet, a social media marketing service that works with top consumer brands, told AllFacebook recently that he thinks this is a chance for companies to re-establish connections with fans.
Facebook Friendship Pages Converted To Timeline
Have you ever gone through your friends list and wondered, “How do I know this person?” There’s actually a way to see all engagement between yourself and a friend — friendship pages, which recently got the timeline treatment.
Wishpond Serves Up Easy, Engaging Facebook Marketing
Trying to think of a way to create a fun contest that will make Facebook fans engage with your brand? Stop thinking. Wishpond, which is now stepping into the social marketing world, has launched an easy way for brands to reach out to their fans through Facebook and other avenues.
Postagram Direct Turns Facebook Photos Into Branded Postcards
Users are increasingly finding new ways to find offline uses for Facebook. The latest? Postgram Direct, which allows a user to send a real-life postcard to someone featuring Facebook photos. Sincerely, the parent company, announced Thursday that Postagram Direct has partnered with Gap to allow users to send free postcards to friends and relatives.
Takei To Take On Facebook’s Algorithm In Upcoming Book
Actor George Takei has been a fierce opponent of the way Facebook determines which users see certain posts from pages. After reading an open letter from an aggravated page administrator to Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Takei said he’s writing about Facebook’s algorithm — which many people refer to as EdgeRank — in his upcoming book.
INFOGRAPHIC: The Science Of Facebook Engagement
One of the biggest challenges facing Facebook marketers is the plight of gaining engagement. Brands and other page administrators have tried to figure out the best types of posts to rack up more likes, comments, and shares — and most important, to play into Facebook’s algorithm. An infographic from American Express OPEN and SocialMouths shows some simple ways to make a page’s posts more popular.
At the start of Election Day, Facebook pointed out that users will gradually see a prompt at the top of their page (and as a notification on their mobile app) to declare that they’ve voted and motivate friends to do the same. However, many users noticed that the prompt seemed to be timed to follow moments of inactivity, presumably following a user’s journey to the polls.
Earlier today, many users noticed that the prompt (as seen below) was not on their page this morning, but popped up after they were away from the computer for a while:
This “I’m a Voter,” button has proven to be pretty popular. In the 2010 election, the prompt drove an extra 340,000 users to the polls, according to a University of California, San Diego study.
A Facebook spokesperson said that there’s no hocus pocus going on, noting that notifications were “rolling out throughout the day.”
Readers: When did you see the “I’m a Voter,” prompt on Facebook?