Facebook Messenger users can already video call, pay friends and chat it up with businesses. But they may soon be able to play games, too.
Facebook has confirmed it is in talks with several developers to make games for Messenger. It's currently unclear how exactly these games will work with the messaging app and when the first games might arrive.
"Currently, we think Messenger Platform is best suited for apps that focus on content creation and curated content," a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable. "But, one of the reasons we were excited to announce that Messenger Platform is open to all developers is to see what people build. From there, we’ll think about what else might make sense." Read more...More about Social, Facebook, Messenger, Facebook Messenger, and Social Media
Facebook's 1.44 billion users create hundreds of thousands of events on the service every single day. Those events range from small, private dinner parties to Burning Man-themed ragers with guest lists in the hundreds.
As Facebook continues to grow in size and influence, its Events team — a group of 30 or so employees, including three data analysts — continues to experiment with new features and tweak current ones to enhance the ways users interact with one another and ultimately keep folks engaged with the social network for longer periods.Social, Facebook, Facebook Events, Social Media, and Apps Software
This year's Mother's Day was a banner one for Facebook.
The social network said about 229 million people worldwide used Facebook to send 1.8 billion posts or messages about Mother's Day on Sunday — racking up more mentions than the Super Bowl, the NCAA tournament and the Sochi Olympics combined. For comparison, a total of about 936 million people use the platform daily, according to the company's most recent statistics.
The soar in stats highlights the fact that Mother's Day is exactly the type of occasion that Facebook is ideal for. With a much wider-reaching audience than any other social network, Facebook remains the go-to network for personal communications like holidays and birthdays, according to Pew Research Read more...More about Facebook, Pinterest, Social Media, and Family Parenting
While you might use social media to date, have you considered what it might be like to date social media itself?
YouTuber Emma Blackery filmed a sketch where she imagined going on first dates with various personifications of social media sites. As one might expect, Facebook is a little obsessed with who you know, Snapchat has the shortest attention span ever, and Instagram just wants to stare at food
Google Plus is just very, very, very depressed.
When you die, Facebook will be there for your loved ones.
The company has rolled out its legacy contact feature in Australia, so you can select one person who can access your account after you die. The feature was released by Facebook in the U.S. in February, but launches in Australia and New Zealand on Wednesday, the social media giant confirmed to Mashable Australia.
It complements Facebook's option to memorialise an account, allowing family members of a deceased person to request their loved one's Facebook profile be either shut down or changed to a "remembering" status Read more...More about Facebook, Australia, Social Media, and Legacy Contact