Menlo Park, we have a problem. Users are reporting issues with posting status updates to Facebook this morning, as apparently a sitewide error is disrupting the service. Not only are some users hampered from posting status updates, they also can't send messages, upload photos, or even "Like" posts. In other words, for those affected, the interactivity portion of Facebook is not working.
Less privacy restrictions for Facebook users under 18
Younger Facebook users will now have much more freedom from the more adult-oriented social network. Previously, 13 to 17-year-olds who signed up were previously restricted from sharing updates, photos, and comments with the public, but now Facebook is relaxing its stance in an apparent bid to compete with other networks that allow younger users much more freedom.
Opting out of search is now impossible—unless you’re a minor
At one point in time, it was possible to keep your Facebookprofile nearly invisible. Using a now defunct setting called “Who can look up your Timeline by name?” users were able to remove their name from search results. The feature’s been gone for people who weren’t using it, but it’ll be permanently removed for everyone in the next few weeks.
Facebook can't leave well enough alone, what with video ads, new search methods, and the various changes the social network juggernaut is continually kicking around. Now it at least appears to be attempting to alleviate the sting of ads by showing users only the ads they want to see. Thank you Facebook, as your "targeted" ads were more than a little insulting, more often than not.
We talk a lot about Facebook lately, implementing video ads and other bizarre new features, but this time around we're going to talk about potatoes. While other companies are implementing more widely-accepted strategies to stay green, Facebook has toyed with using potatoes in its servers to keep things cool.
Videos on your mobile Facebook feed will now auto-play
Last month, we reported Facebook's plans to bring auto-play ads to your social networking experience. Now, TechSpot reports, Facebook is currently testing a new mobile feature that auto-plays videos on your feed. While this feature is being touted as a simpler way to view video content on your mobile devices, it's heralding the video ads we caught wind of previously.
If you find yourself flocking to Twitter when you need a quick update on what's hot online, you may soon be checking Facebook as an alternative. According to The Wall Street Journal (via PCMag), Facebook is currently trying out a "trending" box of its own.
A rough draft on connecting the planet's population
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is ambitious, if nothing else. Whether you're into the social networking scene or not, you have to credit the whiz kid for building the world's largest social playground with over a billion active users around the globe. That's impressive, but it pales in comparison to what he wants to do next. The social star now wants to connect every person in the world to the Internet, and he has a plan to get it done.
Advertising has become a bit more intrusive over the years as companies look for newer ways to get their message across, especially when it comes to video ads. Having to click through a video ad on YouTube or your favorite website can be annoying enough, but how about video ads on Facebook?