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Facebook pushes users to add location to more photos with News Feed and sidebar prompts

Facebook is encouraging users to tag the location of their photos through sidebar modules and News Feed stories, likely to build better profiles of where users have been. A new module in the site’s right-hand sidebar prompts users to add … Continue reading

Facebook prompts users to Like pages they check into; could it foreshadow a new location-based ad type?

Facebook appears to be testing a new mobile module that prompts users to Like a page moments after they check into a location. The module, which appears on Timeline and in News Feed, suggests the page that users just checked … Continue reading

Facebook creates new feature to announce weddings and engagements on homepage

Facebook today announced the launch of a new weddings and celebrations feature to make it easier for users to see important events in their friends’ lives and share their congratulations. When someone changes their Facebook status to engaged or married, … Continue reading

Facebook tries promoting games with notifications

Facebook appears to be testing a way to drive users to re-engage with games by sending them a new type of notification, we’ve discovered. Some users are seeing notifications about their friends playing games. These notifications, which are different from … Continue reading

Facebook introduces ‘trending videos’ module in News Feed, redesigns ‘trending articles’ layout

Facebook has added a “trending videos” feature to highlight social video activity within News Feed, similar to how the social network promotes social reader articles. Video applications like Socialcam, Viddy and Chill have grown quickly as the result of Open … Continue reading

Facebook tries new prompts to encourage users to organize friends into lists

Facebook now displays sidebar modules that encourage users to add friends to a “close friends” list and prompts users to add to their “acquaintances” list after they mark News Feed items as spam. These two new features suggest that Facebook … Continue reading

Facebook platform sent 160M users to mobile apps in April

Facebook says it sent more than 160 million visitors to Facebook-integrated mobile apps last month, according to a post on the company’s developer blog. Native mobile games like Zynga’s “With Friends” titles, popular apps from Spotify, Pinterest and now Viddy and … Continue reading

Facebook tests ‘trending articles’ feature to encourage users to try social reader apps

Facebook appears to be testing new feature to highlight social reader articles within users’ News Feeds. Some users now see a “trending articles” section of their feeds that includes headlines, thumbnail images and the first 130 characters of a story. … Continue reading

Facebook prompts some users to return to non-game apps

A new Facebook module directs users to go back to apps they previously added but haven’t visited in a while. Earlier this month we saw the social network test a similar module called “Play It Again” that exclusively promoted games. … Continue reading

Facebook puts social game score stories in News Feed; module asks users to ‘play it again’

Facebook users will now see their friends’ scores and achievements in social games through three new News Feed story types: achievement stories, high score stories and passing stories, the company announced in a blog post. Another unannounced item, “Play It … Continue reading