Showing posts with label facebook. Show all posts
Showing posts with label facebook. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Facebook changed its logo yesterday, did you notice?

Facebook quietly changed its logo yesterday for the first time since 2005 and you probably didn’t even notice.

The update is only a refresh of the company’s wordmark, which is the text-only version of its logo used for identifying its brand.
Josh Higgins, Facebook’s Creative Director told Brand New that the company “set out to modernize the logo to make it feel more friendly and approachable” and settled on an update instead of a full redesign.
New Facebook Logo

Facebook asked Eric Olson, the designer of Klavika, the font used for the original wordmark, to design a new typeface.
Ben Barry, a former designer at Facebook, had also proposed tweaks to the Facebook wordmark in 2012 which were approved by the company but never implemented.
The actual Facebook ‘F’ logo isn’t being changed. You’ll only notice the difference where the full name is used.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Facebook is retiring its Like Box plugin on June 23

Facebook has quietly announced it’s retiring its old embeddable Like Box on June 23.

The Like Box is variant of the embeddable Like Button that allows you to Like a page from other sites. The embed would also show off some of the other people who liked a given Page.
The company recommends you instead use the newer Page Plugin, which functions similarly, but looks a little cleaner and is able to pull in content feeds from your Facebook Page if you want.

Keep in mind that you’ll have to add in the newest Graph API and remove the old code to enable the newer plugin.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Facebook’s Riff collaborative video app is a cool idea

When you first download and log into Riff — Facebook’s brand new collaborative video app for iOS and Android — the first thing you see are featured Riffs from Facebook’s tiny collection. These are designed to let you visualize what you too can do with Riff.
What you can do is somewhat along the lines of MixBit or Mela — that is, collaborate with others on an originally shot video. With Riff, the only people you can collaborate with are your friends on Facebook.
When your friends view and add their own clips to your video, their friends will then see the video in Riff and can add to it. Thus, the pool of people who can view and contribute to a final product is potentially vast. A video, in this case, is a perpetual work in progress. A video creator can remove any added clips and viewers can flag offensive clips in Riff.

With Vine or Periscope, you are the sole author, but with Riff you can collaborate with friends or limit collaboration to certain subsets. You can choose only close friends or family — or limit it to work buddies, for example.
Riff theoretically needs collaboration with others to make it, you know, a Riff. But in fact, you can just Riff all by yourself if you want to build up your own video 20 seconds at a time.
Making a video with Riff is easy. Just fire up the app and choose one of the many categories, or write in your own. You need to be quick if you do not want a selfie video, though because Riff defaults to the front facing camera to record your movie, which is annoying.

Luckily, you get a three-second countdown, and the first thing you can do is swiftly switch the camera. Then, just point your handset to whatever you want to record and let it go until you hit the green arrow, or it will stop automatically at the 20-second limit.
Overall, Riff feels like what it is — a 1.0 product that could use some refinement.
It’s nice to have a luxurious 20 seconds to film, but with no way to edit mistakes out of the footage, there’s bound to be a lot of missed opportunities and wasted time. You should be able to change the default camera to remove the selfie step from your tight shooting sequence.

Absent controls and the ability to edit footage, the app feels rough around the edges. It may seem like such limited control would make the app easier to use, but in effect makes it unforgiving. Sure, the whole thing is supposed to be spontaneous and fun — and it can be — even if you can edit a stray hand or clumsy transition out of your video.
After a few clinkers, I was able to anticipate the lighting I would need and focus on keeping the camera steady to compose usable videos for Riff. So in a sense, Riff will train you on how it wants you to shoot.
Another thing rubbed me the wrong way. If you look for your video on your Facebook feed, all you see is a link with no indication of how you can add to another person’s video or they to yours. It would help if viewers could actually see the video inline rather than having to click a bare, uninviting link.

However, as more people download Riff, they will see friends’ videos within the mobile app.
A usable Help center would also be nice: as of this writing, all five listings under the Help Center are the same Terms of Service statement.
Riff is free to all Facebook users, and I suspect that mileage and enthusiasm levels will vary. Families may like it because they can create a video where everyone is included regardless of their location. Workgroups may like it for team building.
Riff is available worldwide in 15 languages, however in downloading and trying to access it today, I got error messages more than once.
If Facebook could fix some of the most obvious flaws, Riff would be worth a try.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Facebook acquires online shopping curation site, TheFind

Expect to do more shopping on Facebook in the future via ads. Or at least that’s what it hopes will happen thanks to today’s acquisition news.
Today online shopping curation site, TheFind was acquired by the social network. Both companies say that the acquisition will help make the ads you see in your news feed more relevant to you.
Facebook issued the following statement:
We’re excited to welcome TheFind to Facebook. TheFind’s talented team has built a successful search engine that connects people to products. Together, we believe we can make the Facebook ads experience even more relevant and better for consumers. Our business is about connecting people with the topics, companies, brands, and increasingly products they care about and we look forward to doing that with TheFind on board.
For customers of TheFind, the site warns that its shopping search engine will go offline in the next few weeks. So do your shopping now.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Facebook is killing off FriendFeed on April 9

Remember when Facebook bought FriendFeedback in 2009? Amidst the mania of Apple Watch news, the platform today announced it’s shutting down.
The reason, as you might expect, is simply that no one was using it.
Friendfeed was one of the first networks to provide real-time updates for social feeds. Our Editor-in-Chief, Martin Bryant, actually got his job at TNW thanks to an ad placed on FriendFeed, and we even used private groups on the social network as our staff backchannel for a while.
If you’re still on the platform, posts, messages and photos will be available until April 9, after which they will disappear into the ether. No new sign-ups are being accepted.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Microsoft discontinues Facebook, Google chat in

Today, in an email to customers, Microsoft announced that it will be discontinuing support for Facebook Chat and Google Chat on the service.
The company blames the Google Chat removal on Google changing its chat protocol but doesn’t mention why it’s removing Facebook support.

Going forward, the only chat service available in will now be Skype.
One of Outlook’s big drawcards was integrating all these separate chat services into one stream, so it’s disappointing Microsoft wasn’t able to keep it going.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bing now available as part of Facebook’s App in India

At Bing we share a belief that, when information is made freely available, people everywhere become empowered to do extraordinary things. Nowhere is this more true than in areas of the world where people’s access to the internet is mobile-first. Today, Facebook introduced the next phase of, a global initiative aimed at making the benefits of the internet more accessible to people around the world and, starting today, Bing is proud to be a part of the effort.
We are proud that Bing is the primary search engine for the app in India, which will be made available later today to Reliance customers in India. Together with Facebook, and many others across the industry, we are working to make the internet more accessible through a set of free basic services.
Through, Bing will help bring more people online to discover information, knowledge and experience services that they might not have had access to otherwise. Our participation in Facebook’s follows the integration of Bing into a range of third party experiences – including Apple’s Siri and Spotlight, and Twitter’s translation services.
Launched in July 2014, Facebook’s app will now be available in India, offering a set of free basic services including health, education, finance, jobs, search, communication and local information.
Reliance customers in India can access these services in the Android app, at For more details on the experience and Facebook’s initiative to bring 1 billion people online, head over to Facebook’s blog post.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Top 10 Tech Companies for Culture and Values

Some companies know exactly how to make their employees happy, and Twitter is at the top of the list.
The social media giant ranked No. 1 out of 25 companies with the best culture and values, according to a new report from job community site Glassdoor.
From Google to Facebook to Apple, 11 tech companies managed to make the list — more than any other industry.
Results were based on feedback from people who know these companies the best — their employees. Culture and value ratings were based on a five-point scale, with "1" representing "very dissatisfied," "3" meaning "OK" and "5" standing for "very satisfied."
Here, we've highlighted the top 10 tech companies for the best cultures and values.

1. Twitter

The social network won the overall top spot for culture and values. It received a 4.5 rating out of 5 on Glassdoor.
"Team meetings on the roof are the best, [and there's] great teamwork and a lot of smart people. I love how the 10 core values drive the company to always be better," a Twitter software engineer said for the survey.

2. Google

Google actually earned the No. 3 spot in the overall company list, but ranked number 2 among tech companies. It received a 4.4 rating.
"Each employee does not mind helping the other out if [he is] stuck. I feel it is encouraged to reach out to others," a Google software engineer said.

3. Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology came in at number 4 in the overall company list, but landed in the third spot among tech companies. Employees gave the company's culture and values a 4.3 rating.
"It is a great culture where employees are encouraged to take responsibility and are empowered to innovate," a Riverbed Technology employee said. "The company is moving in the right direction with respect to vision and shareholder."

4. Facebook

Facebook landed in fifth on the top 25 list, but ranked No. 4 among tech companies. It earned a 4.3 rating.
"Facebook truly values the important things in life — to me, at least," a Facebook user operations associate said. "The culture and dialog is open about everything. Whether it's with your manager, on your team or concerning a company-wide issue."

5. National Instruments

ational Instruments came in eighth on the original top 25 list, but made it to the fifth spot on the tech list. Employees gave the company a 4.2 rating.
"The company culture is fantastic. People are approachable, the attitudes are positive, there's a lot of energy in every department," a National Instruments employee told Glassdoor.

6. Intuit

Intuit claimed the 11th spot out of the top 25, but jumped to No. 6 among tech companies. It received a 4.1 rating.
"Intuit values their employees and has the best attributes of Silicon Valley companies, while being committed to diversity and 'we care and give back,'" an Intuit employee said.

7. CDW

CDW came in 13th place on the overall list, but ranked No. 7 on the tech list. The company received a 4.1 rating on Glassdoor.
"[The people] really want to help you. The culture truly promotes the coworker and you do have a say in a large company,” said a CDW corporate account manager.

8. Apple

Apple took the 15th spot on the overall top 25 list, but landed in the eighth spot among tech companies. The corporation received a 4.1 rating.
"Everyone shares a common goal to make the best products for the consumer, and it shows in most conversations you have," an Apple software engineering manager said.

9. Citrix Systems

Sitting at No. 19 on the overall list, Citrix Systems earned ninth place among tech companies with a 4.0 rating.
"There is an ongoing commitment to improve the customer journey and ensure our product strategy is well-defined," a senior manager at Citrix Systems said.

10. Adobe

Adobe landed at No. 20 on the overall culture and values list, but climbed to tenth place in tech with a solid 4.0 rating.

"Great perks, benefits. Adobe strives to be a good corporate citizen, fosters innovation and creativity," an Adobe employee said.

Wondering which other companies made the list? Check out the full report from Glassdoor below.

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Facebook Will Pay Up If You Find Bugs in the Oculus Rift

For years, Facebook has maintained a bug bounty program to reward those who find problems with its platform. Now, it's expanding that program to Oculus Rift, which it acquired as part of Oculus VR for $2 billion in March.

The company is offering money for identifying issues in any major part of Oculus Rift’s code, from the development software to the website — with a minimum payout of $500 for bugs and software vulnerabilities. There's no upper limit, so the more critical or inventive the find, the more it could be worth.

Facebook isn’t reserved in its crowdsourced approach. The program, which covers a wide range of Facebook’s software properties, has paid out more than $2 million since its inception in 2011.

Facebook security engineer Neal Poole told The Verge that it’s focusing first on developer communication tools in the software, but Facebook won’t rule out bug rewards for the headset itself.

"A lot of the issues that come up with Oculus are not necessarily in the hardware yet," he said. "Potentially in the future, if people were to go explore and find issues in the SDK or the hardware, that is definitely of interest to us."

That hardware, meanwhile, is currently in its second generation of development, but Facebook has remained mum about when we can expect the Rift to hit the open market.

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