Bloated Facebook Messenger promises to simplify in 2018

 “The app became too cluttered,” Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus announced today in a post of plans for 2018 including “massively simplifying and streamlining Messenger this year.” Between Messenger Day/Stories, its Snapchatty augmented reality camera, a bot Discover section, games, and more, Facebook had to build artificial intelligence “M… Read More Social – TechCrunch

Facebook will kill its M personal assistant on January 19

Facebook announced today that on January 19 it will discontinue personal assistant services for Messenger intelligent assistant M. The news was shared with users who had been given access to the closed beta program, which numbered in the thousands, including some Facebook employees. Personal assistant services from Facebook to the limited group first launched in […]

I deleted Facebook off my phone and you should too

I deleted Facebook’s app off my phone more than a month ago.  And reader: I feel free.  My days of mindlessly scrolling through random updates from my mom’s friends and people I haven’t spoken to since high school are over.  And yours could be too.  You just have to delete the app.  That’s it. Not […]

Facebook Makes Major Changes to the News Feed: Here’s How It Will Impact Your Business

Mark Zuckerberg, champion of the decades-old prom picture, the neighborly squabble, the adorable baby pictures, announced yesterday that the Facebook News Feed is about to undergo a fundamental shift. Because “passively reading articles or watching videos” is bad for human beings, Facebook is pivoting its core away from its current state (inescapable time suck) and […]

Facebook brings Messenger Kids to Fire tablets

 Messenger Kids, Facebook’s new app designed to allow those under the age of 13 to more safely communicate thanks to parental controls, is today launching on Fire tablets. The service had originally debuted on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in early December, but today’s launch will also see it arrive on the Amazon Appstore in […]

Facebook shares slip 4% after News Feed announcement

(Reuters) — Shares of Facebook fell 4 percent on Friday after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced changes to the platform’s centerpiece News Feed that he said would hit user engagement in the near term. Zuckerberg said on Thursday the company would change the filter for the News Feed to prioritize what friends and family share, […]

Facebook stock dips after the platform deprioritizes publishers

 Facebook shares fell around 5 percent on Friday following the news that the company would retool its News Feed to boost social interactions over stories from publishers. Mark Zuckerberg announced the news on Thursday evening in a post on his own Facebook page to expected investor skittishness. Read More Social – TechCrunch

Facebook is testing a city-specific section of its app to elevate local news and events

 In an effort to up its signal to noise ratio, Facebook may go local. The company is testing a new area of its app called “Today In,” a mix of city-specific events, announcements and local news. For its new local hub, Facebook is starting with a small batch of test markets. Those initial cities are […]

Zuckerberg: Facebook engagement will likely decline after News Feed changes that show more posts by friends

Facebook users can expect to see more posts from their friends and family in their News Feeds in the coming months, the company announced today. Posts that generate high levels of engagement will also be featured higher in the News Feed. Businesses and organizations with Facebook Pages may experience a decline in pageviews and engagement […]

Facebook feed change sacrifices time spent and news outlets for “well-being”

 CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook today, “I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions.” VP of News Feed Adam Mosseri tells TechCrunch “I expect that the amount of distribution for publishers will go down because a lot […]