Facebook Launching Official Live Streaming Channel: Facebook Live

Today at 3 PM PST (6 EST), Facebook will unveil its new official live video streaming channel, Facebook Live. To kick off the launch, actress America Ferrera will stop by Facebook’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California and use Facebook Live to announce details of her new movie, “The Dry Land,” a Sundance Film Festival entry.

Facebook says that, in addition to special celebrity-oriented videos like today’s, the live video channel will also be used for official Facebook announcements, press events, live chats with Facebook engineers and live streaming of its developer conference, f8.
Live Video, Live Feed, Live Q&A

The new Facebook Live channel will incorporate Facebook’s real-time Live Feed technology to facilitate interactions between the viewing audience and the speaker. Facebook Live offers a feature similar to CNN Live’s use of Facebook Connect, which streams Facebook status updates in a sidebar to the right of the live video of a news event, most notably used for President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

The same Live Feed technology will also be in place within the new Channel, creating a “viral News Feed” story, says Facebook. Also included will be an “Ask a Question” feature, which lets viewers submit their questions to a moderator. We believe this latter aspect of the new service is brand-new and exclusive to Facebook, but we’re awaiting official confirmation on that.

We do know, however, that Facebook Live is the same technology Facebook used to stream the most recent f8 developer conference earlier this year – this is just the more formal launch of technology as an app.

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Today at 3 PM PST (6 EST), Facebook will unveil its new official live video streaming channel, Facebook Live. To kick off the launch, actress America Ferrera will stop by Facebook’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California and use Facebook Live to announce details of her new movie, “The Dry Land,” a Sundance Film Festival entry.

Facebook says that, in addition to special celebrity-oriented videos like today’s, the live video channel will also be used for official Facebook announcements, press events, live chats with Facebook engineers and live streaming of its developer conference, f8.

Live Video, Live Feed, Live Q&A

The new Facebook Live channel will incorporate Facebook’s real-time Live Feed technology to facilitate interactions between the viewing audience and the speaker. Facebook Live offers a feature similar to CNN Live’s use of Facebook Connect, which streams Facebook status updates in a sidebar to the right of the live video of a news event, most notably used for President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

The same Live Feed technology will also be in place within the new Channel, creating a “viral News Feed” story, says Facebook. Also included will be an “Ask a Question” feature, which lets viewers submit their questions to a moderator. We believe this latter aspect of the new service is brand-new and exclusive to Facebook, but we’re awaiting official confirmation on that.

We do know, however, that Facebook Live is the same technology Facebook used to stream the most recent f8 developer conference earlier this year – this is just the more formal launch of technology as an app.

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Amazon Now Taps Into Facebook For Social Product Recommendations

It appears that Amazon has rolled out a new social feature integrating Facebook into your recommendations. If you go your recommendations, Using Facebook Connect, Amazon will now serve you social recommendations based on information in your Facebook profile. Facebook’s Platform account was just updated with a message that seems to confirm the rollout of this new feature.

So when you activate the feature, you’ll see a dedicated Amazon Facebook page within the recommendations section of your account. For example, you’ll see the most popular books, DVDs, and more that are listed in your Friend’s Facebook profile. So if you like Radiohead, you can see which one of your friends also likes the band. You’ll also see upcoming birthdays and find your Facebook friends’ Amazon Wish Lists more easily. And you’ll get gift suggestions for your friends based on their Facebook profiles.


It appears that Amazon has rolled out a new social feature integrating Facebook into your recommendations. If you go your recommendations, Using Facebook Connect, Amazon will now serve you social recommendations based on information in your Facebook profile. Facebook’s Platform account was just updated with a message that seems to confirm the rollout of this new feature.

So when you activate the feature, you’ll see a dedicated Amazon Facebook page within the recommendations section of your account. For example, you’ll see the most popular books, DVDs, and more that are listed in your Friend’s Facebook profile. So if you like Radiohead, you can see which one of your friends also likes the band. You’ll also see upcoming birthdays and find your Facebook friends’ Amazon Wish Lists more easily. And you’ll get gift suggestions for your friends based on their Facebook profiles. Leer más “Amazon Now Taps Into Facebook For Social Product Recommendations”

Facebook Wins Facebook.Me Domain: New Product or Simple Redirect?

Facebook has just captured the domain Facebook.me from a United Arab Emirates-based squatter, and the domain is already pointing users to Facebook.com.

But we recall another Facebook-based application created by a Facebook (Facebook) staffer that bore the same name; this product would turn your Facebook profile into a Tumblr (Tumblr)-esque mini-blog. Is it possible that Facebook’s sudden interest in this domain is a signal that this side project will become a larger, official part of Facebook’s offering? Or will the redirect remain just that for now?

AllFacebook reports that the domain was snagged by Amjad Abbas of the United Arab Emirates during a 2008 .me-TLD land grab for $5,115. He also allegedly grabbed oracle.me, trump.me and other domains that were likely illegal and unethical for him to own.


Facebook has just captured the domain Facebook.me from a United Arab Emirates-based squatter, and the domain is already pointing users to Facebook.com.

But we recall another Facebook-based application created by a Facebook (Facebook) staffer that bore the same name; this product would turn your Facebook profile into a Tumblr (Tumblr)-esque mini-blog. Is it possible that Facebook’s sudden interest in this domain is a signal that this side project will become a larger, official part of Facebook’s offering? Or will the redirect remain just that for now?

AllFacebook reports that the domain was snagged by Amjad Abbas of the United Arab Emirates during a 2008 .me-TLD land grab for $5,115. He also allegedly grabbed oracle.me, trump.me and other domains that were likely illegal and unethical for him to own. Leer más “Facebook Wins Facebook.Me Domain: New Product or Simple Redirect?”

7 Great Social Media Optimization Tips For Your Website

These days, as more and more consumers are logging onto sites like Facebook and Twitter, it has become increasingly important to incorporate social media into your website and marketing plan. However, not many companies and brands are aware of how to use social media tools correctly. The following tips are designed not only to provide you with ideas about how to bring social media to your website, but also to optimize the effectiveness of your site’s social features.

At the #140conf in Tel Aviv last month, Dror Ceder of Wibiya, the web’s most popular social toolbar, spoke about how to bring social media and the real time web to your website. In his talk, Dror emphasized the importance of incorporating social media and the real time web into your website. By bringing social media to your website you not only provide your visitors with more ways to engage with and share your content, but you also keep your visitors on your site for more time. Based on Dror’s talk, and some research of our own, we’ve put together a list of 7 ways that you can optimize your website with social media, making the experience better not only for your visitors, but for the future and wellbeing of your company.


Posted by Megan O’Neill

Social Media OptimizationThese days, as more and more consumers are logging onto sites like Facebook and Twitter, it has become increasingly important to incorporate social media into your website and marketing plan.  However, not many companies and brands are aware of how to use social media tools correctly.  The following tips are designed not only to provide you with ideas about how to bring social media to your website, but also to optimize the effectiveness of your site’s social features.

At the #140conf in Tel Aviv last month, Dror Ceder of Wibiya, the web’s most popular social toolbar, spoke about how to bring social media and the real time web to your website.  In his talk, Dror emphasized the importance of incorporating social media and the real time web into your website.  By bringing social media to your website you not only provide your visitors with more ways to engage with and share your content, but you also keep your visitors on your site for more time.  Based on Dror’s talk, and some research of our own, we’ve put together a list of 7 ways that you can optimize your website with social media, making the experience better not only for your visitors, but for the future and wellbeing of your company. Leer más “7 Great Social Media Optimization Tips For Your Website”

5 Social Music Sites That Let You Tune Into Your Friends’ Tastes

If you like music, then you probably want to be able to stream it online, listen to your friends’ favorites, and share your favorites with friends. I have been looking for social music sites like these for the past few years, and have come up with a list of 5 streaming music sites that have great social features. Enjoy the list and please leave us a comment below about your favorite social music sites.
Criteria

To be clear, I’m looking at services that help me do two things:

* Find out what songs/bands/concerts my friends like.
* Listen to those songs in an easy, comfortable way (preferably a streaming music website)

Without further ado, here’s the list.


Posted by Neil Vidyarthi

MUSICICONIf you like music, then you probably want to be able to stream it online, listen to your friends’ favorites, and share your favorites with friends.  I have been looking for social music sites like these for the past few years, and have come up with a list of 5 streaming music sites that have great social features.  Enjoy the list and please leave us a comment below about your favorite social music sites.

Criteria

To be clear, I’m looking at services that help me do two things:

  • Find out what songs/bands/concerts my friends like.
  • Listen to those songs in an easy, comfortable way (preferably a streaming music website)

Without further ado, here’s the list. Leer más “5 Social Music Sites That Let You Tune Into Your Friends’ Tastes”

Building with Facebook

WPP (parent company of Ogilvy PR and our 360 Digital Influence Team) has been sponsoring a series of technology partnership meetings called “Co-Labs” which are aimed at connecting digital teams to discuss the latest advances in web technologies. I made the trip up to NYC last Thursday to hear from Justin Osofsky, head of the Facebook Developer Network. On a side-note at the Starbucks across the street I ran into the T-1000. I love this town.


WPP (parent company of Ogilvy PR and our 360 Digital Influence Team) has been sponsoring a series of technology partnership meetings called “Co-Labs” which are aimed at connecting digital teams to discuss the latest advances in web technologies. I made the trip up to NYC last Thursday to hear from Justin Osofsky, head of the Facebook Developer Network. On a side-note at the Starbucks across the street I ran into the T-1000. I love this town.

How to build with Facebook
The Challenge
Justin has been with Facebook for the last 2.5 years and was a driving force behind Facebook Connect. He started out with some stats: in the two months since F8 there are 350 thousand sites using the new Social Graph plugins and there have been over 100 million “Likes.” One more stat relevant to the small crowd of tech people in the room: with a little over 1,400 Facebook employees and over 400 million active users, there’s about one Facebook developer per 1 million users. Then Justin throws out a challenge: the best way to push the Social Graph plugins and Facebook Connect is by developers creating engaging experiences.

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All Your Messages Belong to Us: Silentale Prepares to Launch

Written by Sarah Perez

Silentale is a soon-to-launch startup whose goal is to consolidate your conversations and contacts from all the platforms you use including webmail, social networks, and even your mobile phone. Running as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform on top of Amazon Web Services, the oddly named Silentale will function not just as an aggregator, but also a searchable archive of all your web communication. While normally we wouldn’t dare blog about a company whose product you couldn’t try out yet (that’s just mean), we just couldn’t resist. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a startup this promising and we can’t wait to give it a shot ourselves.


Written by Sarah Perez

Silentale is a soon-to-launch startup whose goal is to consolidate your conversations and contacts from all the platforms you use including webmail, social networks, and even your mobile phone. Running as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform on top of Amazon Web Services, the oddly named Silentale will function not just as an aggregator, but also a searchable archive of all your web communication. While normally we wouldn’t dare blog about a company whose product you couldn’t try out yet (that’s just mean), we just couldn’t resist. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a startup this promising and we can’t wait to give it a shot ourselves. Leer más “All Your Messages Belong to Us: Silentale Prepares to Launch”