Facebook Messenger’s new Group feature

In a bid to increase privacy among groups of users accessing its site, Facebook was experimenting with a semi-anonymous social network. While the feature turned out to be a failure, the company has rolled out multiple features after the recent project. Facebook Messenger has now rooms that pop up in the Messenger’s application. The new feature is now as Rooms and has been released only to users in specific markets. Facebook made the release quite limited as a test, trying to observe if the messaging platform could encourage broader public conversations on specific topics.

 

Recent news and information revealed that Facebook was already experimenting with multiple Rooms on the Messengers app. Back in September, the company had a code within the Messenger app that referenced to the feature used by the firm name. The code further offered an explanation of how the rooms were set to work. The rooms work for several reasons, meant for public conversations and topics that interest several users. Each room comes with a link which can be shared by anyone on the messenger application.

 

The flexibility with the new feature allows users to create their rooms. Room members can perform several other functions such as invite members, set a nickname for the group, approve new members or configure notifications for the rooms. Facebook spokesperson stated that the rooms were a test, just a small section and did not comment further.

 

The Facebook rooms have now been increasingly launched to a wider scale of audiences in Canada and Australia. These countries are the principal places where social networking trials mainly due to their English-speaking users. According to Facebook, the feature is different from group chats as it focuses on talking about specific topics. Group chats, on the other hand, are usually joined by friends and family that users engage with frequently.

 

There are other Rooms set to operate as private to improve the features. These rooms allow others to join only when the administrator approves them. The rooms are going to work well for large Facebook groups connected by a common interest. It will help connect people focused on a specific interest about an individual subject. People will start sharing things they want to discuss via messaging instead of the formal structure through the Facebook Group.

Facebook bug names several people deceased

There was an error by Facebook that caused most of the social site holders account designated as memorial. It was ironical as these account holders were individuals who were still alive. In the whole mess, many users sent reassuring messages to their friends telling them that they were still alive. Facebook’s spokesperson came out clearly and said that it was a gross error by the company. He was very sorry for what happened and for the consequences that came with the results. The message was mainly intended for memorialized profiles. The gross error occurred in many user profiles.

 

Facebook’s CEO wasn’t left out in the error as his official page read “memorialized.” The message went on to indicate that “we hope those that love Mark find comfort in the memories and celebrate his life” However, for the other side of the social media and technology world, there was only a humor in the story. Facebook was just making the long week for the Americans one of the longest in history by telling them that their friends were deceased.

 

The memorial feature was previously introduced by Facebook back in 2015. The feature was meant to assist high-profile cases where multiple family users wanted to gain access the Facebook accounts of their deceased loved ones. With the new memorial feature on Facebook, users can now turn an account into a memorial page after the user’s death. Facebook then leaves contacts and messages that share memories of the loved one. Previously, the alternative option was to have one’s account deleted after a user’s death.

 

The information that came in the previous week, about Facebook declaring user’s accounts memorialized, surprised everyone then. While the whole issue seems somewhat random, it affect many users. There were allegations against Facebook that the memorialized status on several accounts may have changed the election results. However, Facebook’s CEO came out and stated that the error did not have any effect on swaying people’s choice during the voting process.

 

Facebook has since corrected and fixed the gross mistake. The company’s spokesperson indicated that he found the whole incident unfortunate. He stated that the firm had been doing frequent updates on their browsers to increase user experience. It was regrettable that during the upgrade process, several accounts were labeled as being deceased.

 

 

The Facebook Video Views Controversy

Facebook has found itself mired in another controversy. At the center of the new controversy is the issue of video views. All videos posted on Facebook present a log of view numbers so the person who posted the videos knows how many people have seen it.

Reports are emerging that Facebook inflated the number of video views. This has been going on for about two years.

Video stats are important to people who use Facebook for promotions. Marketing on Facebook allows entrepreneurs to reach large audiences and video views help gauge whether or not their promotional strategies are working. Inaccurate views are not exactly going to be helpful.

Even those who do not post videos for business purposes do want the view stats to be accurate. Why the person is posting the video is not important. What is important is someone looking for accurate statistics does receive figures that are truly honest.

The way the views were logged contributed to the weird stats. A video only needed to be viewed for three seconds in order to be logged. Those who briefly looked at a video and departed were counted as viewers. Yes, even someone who only checked the video for four seconds was logged.

The threshold was ridiculously low, but this is the way things worked on Facebook for two years. All that is going to change now thanks to the revelations that have likely proven equal parts annoying and disappointing to many.

Facebook is often viewed “merely” as a social media site. It is more than that. Facebook is a huge multi-billion dollar business. The business model is based on providing a reliable communications medium for its members. With reports of false and inaccurate stats, the entire concept of the platform being reliable is brought into question. Facebook surely does not want that to be the case. To calm concerns of members, the management of Facebook has issued statements saying the integrity of the video views will be better maintained.

Facebook, of course, will rebound from the bad press about the video views controversy. Members are going to be forgiving about such things. As long as Facebook is able to avoid any more controversies over the course of the next few months, the company’s brand should remain unscathed.

Secret Messages on Facebook?

You may have heard today that Facebook is going to soon start testing a new feature in its Messenger app that deletes messages after a period of time, challenging Snapchat as the lone force in that field of technology and communication.

I’m 22, but I have always preferred actual face-to-face conversations because there are things you can’t get on a Facebook message but even sometimes on a phone call. I have always loved getting and writing actual, physical letters in the mail as opposed to nice emails. I have always preferred at least a phone call but preferably even Skype or FaceTime to text conversations in general, but especially when it was about an issue that could really have some cool opportunities for personal growth if we at least heard each other’s voices.

So, for me as a young person, the news that Facebook is developing an app to make messages secret and disappear is exciting because it means that emotional conversations we had on Facebook when we thought that was our only option or even just stupid times could be erased. However, it makes me wish there were some way for us to start creating ways for basic, face to face communication to be the popular way to communicate or some way to make writing actual letters as cool as disappearing messages on a social media app.

Facebook Recognizes Users with Backs to Cameras

The social media phenomenon has managed to penetrate just about every level of technology imaginable. From computers to smartphones to tablets, just about everyone imaginable is using one of the different popular social networks. One of the biggest enhancements users take advantage of is tagging various pictures with the names of the people in the photo. Keith Mann has learned that Facebook even managed to work out a way to utilize facial recognition to have the system tag people automatically, and that ability has just gotten way more powerful.

According to International Business Times, Facebook has worked out a powerful facial recognition algorithm that takes users body type, posture, and other aspects into consideration, which gives Facebook an 83-percent certainty of recognizing friends in Facebook photos even if their back is turned to the camera. The company has not hinted at when this update would be made available to the public, but with a very high success rate it seems likely to happen soon.

Facial recognition technology is an amazingly complicated world that takes any number of measurements into consideration. For any company to manage to effectively unveil technology that does not actually need to the see the face is a fascinating accomplishment. Of course, Facebook users are going to want to make sure their privacy features are up to date to make sure they do not start popping up auto-tagged in several pictures, which could be the biggest hurdle facing the breakthrough.

Sean Parker Convinced Broke Graffiti Artist to Take Worthless Facebook Stock as Payment in 2003

To say that Sean Parker is an influential person would be a major understatement. Parker started Napster, co-founded social media giant Facebook and funded Spotify. Back in 2003 Parker wanted his favorite graffiti artist David Choe to paint the new Facebook offices. Choe hated social media but agreed to take stock instead of the agreed upon $60,000. Now that stock is worth over $200 million.

David Choe had just gotten out of prison. He was as hard up for money as anyone could be. After Choe went to a meeting with high profile execs to get funding for Facebook with Parker he knew Parker was on to something. He might not have cared for social media but he definitely wanted to jump on the Sean Parker bandwagon.

So what influenced his decision to take worthless stock instead of a lump $60,000? Well, let’s just say that Choe likes to gamble. He was rolling the dice and his decision paid off big time. It just goes to show that sometimes in life you have to take risks if you want to make it big. Now worth over $200 million you could say that Choe has finally made it. He’s got more than enough cash to do whatever he wants.

Thanks to Eric Pulier for showing me this on talkincloud.com!

Facebook Partners With Brands For Messenger

Soon you’ll be able to chat with your favorite businesses form within Facebook Messenger. The social network launched a new feature in its chat program Messenger this week that allows you to follow your online purchases from within Facebook. Sound confusing? Let me explain.

When you make a purchase from one of the affiliated companies online, you’ll soon be able to sign up to get updates from your purchase via Messenger. If you opt in, then things will kick off with your receipt being sent to you via Messenger. Later on, you’ll also be updated when your package ships and have the opportunity to track it from directly within Facebook so you now when it’s going to arrive.

Zeca Oliveira (eleicoes2014) has learned that, in addition to updating you, the feature also works as a way for you to communicate with a business. For instance, if you purchased a shirt from a company and then decided later on you’d rather have a different color, you can message the company from within Facebook and change your order, without having to sign into the company’s website again and change it out the old fashioned way.

The service is available now via Messenger for some stores, with more expected to be added soon.