Facebook planning to add customer service chatbots and live chat to Messenger

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2016

Facebook is working hard to turn its Messenger app into a platform for doing all sorts of useful things beyond mere message exchange between friends.

According to a report Friday by TechCrunch, the company is planning on enabling developers to add customer service chatbots and live chat functionality to Messenger and has already introduced Live Chat APIs for Messenger.

A presentation give to select Messenger chatbot developers mentions something called “Structure Messages”, which are basically automated responses that may include a title, image, a description, a URL and calls to action such as visiting a website, viewing an e-commerce order or making a restaurant reservation. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger passes 900 million users, unveils profile codes and other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 7, 2016

Facebook today announced its Messenger mobile application is now being used by more than 900 million people globally every month, up from 800 million active monthly users announced in January.

Celebrating the milestone, the social network firm unveiled Snapchat-like scannable profile codes.

In addition, it announced some interesting new ways for people to find businesses and friends to start a conversation, including vanity profile URLs on Messenger. More than a billion messages are now being sent every month between people on Messenger and businesses, wrote David Marcus, Facebook’s Vice President of Messaging. Read More

 

Facebook app gaining Live button, video broadcasts now more Periscope-like

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 6, 2016

The Messenger button in the mobile Facebook app for iOS and Android which sent users to the Messenger app has been replaced with a Live button as the popular social network aims to push live and pre-recorded videos in front of as many eyeballs as possible.

Announced in a blog post Wednesday, the company is also rolling out new features for Facebook Live that give users more ways to discover, share and interact with live video. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger gains its first airline bot

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2016

Facebook on Thursday announced it is launching its first airline information bot within the Messenger app.

The social network has been enhancing Messenger’s functionality on a regular basis with new features beyond chatting and has recently added a Transportation tab that lets users in the United States request a ride from Uber.

Messenger’s airline bot lets KLM Royal Dutch Airlines customers manage their flights and browse their flight information within the app, without ever leaving their chats. Read More

 

This Mac app tracks how often you slack off

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 30, 2016

A lot of us use our Macs not only for our daily lives, but also for our work. The problem is, with all of the internet at our fingertips, it can be hard to stay focused when the allure of social networking, like Facebook and Twitter, as well as other things you can do to slack off, are no more than just a click away.

That’s the idea behind the creation of an awesome free app for your Mac called Escape by FocusList, which tracks how much you slack off each day and provides you with a daily report for your viewing pleasure.

In this piece, we’ll give you a look at the software and how it works; you might even find interest in trying it out for yourself! Read More

 

Instagram increasing video time limit to 60 seconds

By Cody Lee on Mar 29, 2016

Instagram on Tuesday announced that it’s increasing the time limit on videos from 15 seconds to 60 seconds. The move is part of a broader effort to give users “more fun, flexible and creative ways to create and watch video content” on IG.

The social network says that within the last 6 months, time users spent watching video increased by more than 40%. And it’s hoping that the increased clip length, along with reenabling multi-clip uploads, will help it continue that growth.

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Instagram is changing its feed order to show you posts you’ll care about first

By Cody Lee on Mar 15, 2016

Instagram announced on Tuesday that it plans to change the way that it orders posts in user feeds. Instead of showing photos and videos in the order that they were uploaded, the social network is going to implement an algorithm to surface the most relevant content.

Obviously, Facebook has been doing this for years with News Feeds, and Twitter recently launched a similar feature for Timelines. The concept is that users are being pushed so much information on a daily basis, that they need someone to sift through the noise for them. Read More

 

FastShare: use Activator to quickly share content to Facebook, Twitter, and Messages from anywhere

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 11, 2016

FastShare is a new jailbreak tweak available in Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $1.49 that lets you harness the power of Activator to allow you to more easily share information with your friends, family, and followers.

The tweak comes with a unique interface for sharing information across your favorite social mediums, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Messages, and it includes options that you can configure to your liking so the tweak looks and behaves how you want it to. Read More

 

Facebook acquires company behind popular face swapping app MSQRD

By Cody Lee on Mar 9, 2016

Facebook on Wednesday announced that it has acquired the popular face swapping app MSQRD, and the company behind it, Masquerade. The terms of the deal are unknown, but it’s being reported that the founders will be joining Facebook.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the app, MSQRD allows you to apply various filters and effects to your photos and videos—not unlike Snapchat’s ‘lenses.’ You can apply masks, hats and other accessories, or simply swap faces with others. Read More

 

How to disable notifications for some Facebook apps and games

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2016

Tired of being pinged about invites and activity notifications generated by apps and games you’ve added to your Facebook account? Want to mute those app alerts, but keep the notifications from Facebook games you actually care about flowing?

You’ve come to the right place.

iDownloadBlog recently told you about a master switch that instantly stops all game invites.

Additionally, we taught you how to stop apps from spamming your Facebook Timeline and shared how to stop receiving game invites from specific Facebook friends.

In this tutorial, we’ll discuss disabling activity notifications for specific apps and games sans those that you do care about.
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How to stop specific Facebook friends from sending you app requests and game invites

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 3, 2016

We recently told you about a master switch that instantly stops all game invites that people you’re friends with on Facebook pester you with. In addition, we taught you how to stop apps from spamming your Facebook Timeline. But if you like playing some games on Facebook, turning off all game invites from everyone might not be the best solution.

If you want to keep seeing app-related requests from some friends, this tutorial will show you how to block game invites from everyone except a select few people. Read More

 

How to stop receiving all game invites on Facebook

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 2, 2016

I couldn’t care less about FarmVille or Candy Crush Saga or any other game on Facebook, for that matter. If you’re anything like me, I suppose pesky invite notifications for Facebook games have been ticking you off.

But don’t worry, you can block those annoying requests with just a few taps. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to stop getting invites for apps and games from Facebook friends, both on the web and in the app. Read More

 

WhatsApp now lets you share media from other apps like Dropbox and Google Drive

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 29, 2016

The popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp today received a pretty cool update in the App Store which adds the ability to share photos or videos from other apps installed on your iPhone via a new option exposed after tapping the Photo/Video Library button.

In addition, WhatsApp has gained a pair of new shortcuts in the 3D Touch menu on the Home screen and now supports solid colors as chat backgrounds.

Oh, and you can now zoom in on videos while they’re playing. Read More

 

Delayd lets you schedule text messages, social media posts, & more

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 29, 2016

When you have lots of Birthdays and holidays coming up and you want to wish all your friends and family the best, it can be hard to keep track of these dates on a day-to-day basis.

Fortunately, a useful utility app called Delayd is available for free in the iOS App Store that will allow you to schedule messages to your loved ones so you don’t have to remember to send those special messages when the day finally comes.

In this piece, we’ll talk about how Delayd works and show you how you can use it to schedule messages to people, but keep in mind the app can also be used for scheduling emails, Facebook posts, and Tweets in addition to SMS messages. Read More

 

Facebook Live now available in 30 countries, rolling out to more users in the coming weeks

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2016

Less than ten days after it began a staggered rollout of live video broadcasting capability, Facebook on Friday said the feature is now available to iOS users in thirty markets total.

“We’ll continue to roll this out to more people as well as Pages in countries around the world in the coming weeks,“ the social networking giant has confirmed. Read More

 

Instead of a much-wanted Dislike button, Facebook adds six reactions to its Like button

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2016

Facebook on Wednesday announced a move that has been long in the making: the company is extending the functionality of its ubiquitous Like button with six different reactions that help describe users’ mood and express how something they see in the News Feed makes them feel.

Available to all users globally across all mobile and desktop platforms, the six new reactions—Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry—can be applied by holding down the Like button on mobile or hovering over the Like button on desktop. Read More

 

Facebook rolls out Live Video functionality globally

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2016

Facebook is making good on its promise to roll out its Periscope-like Live Video feature to user around the world. As noted by Engadget, the social networking firm has now confirmed it’s begun rolling out the feature globally. The company started testing Live Video with a small percentage of U.S. celebrities, verified profiles and other users last December. Read More

 

Facebook will reportedly allow brands to send ads as messages within Messenger

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2016

According to a document Facebook has sent to some of its biggest advertisers, a copy of which was obtained by TechCrunch, the social network may start injecting ads into people’s conversations on Messenger in the second quarter of 2016. Specifically, Facebook currently plans to allow businesses to send ads as messages to users who previously interacted with that company using the Messenger service.

The leaked document advises that businesses “get consumers to start message threads with them now so they’ll be able to send them ads when the feature launches,” as per TechCrunch. Read More

 

How to save videos from your Facebook News Feed

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 17, 2016

It’s super easy to save photos that have been shared on Facebook to your computer, but for whatever reason, Facebook seems to be lacking the ability to save videos that are shared by your friends and appear in your News Feed.

Despite the common misconception that you need a fancy web browser plugin or third-party software to download videos from your Facebook News Feed, this simply isn’t the case. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how you can save a video that appears in your Facebook News Feed to your computer. Read More

 

How to keep apps, games and websites from spamming your Facebook Timeline

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2016

One of the biggest challenges Facebook users face in their daily usage of the service involves keeping apps, games and websites that connect to Facebook as a sign-in mechanism from posting random updates, unwanted stores, ad links and other garbage on their Timeline.

For most people, this constitutes spamming because not only do these posts appear on your own Timeline, but also in your friends’ News Feed and ticker.

Unfortunately, too few people are aware that they can easily squelch this spammy behavior with just a few clicks. In this tutorial, we’re going to show you the tools Facebook put at your disposal which were designed to stop apps from posting updates on your behalf. Read More