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Open Graph apps can now use in-line tagging to mention friends

Facebook today announced that Open Graph app developers will be able to integrate in-line tagging so that users can mention their friends in messages they share from an app. This feature will allow developers to give users more control over … Continue reading

Social reader apps grow as Facebook tests larger ‘trending articles’ display

A number of news apps are experiencing new growth or a resurgence in monthly active users likely attributable to tests Facebook is conducting in News Feed. As we’ve seen earlier this year, tweaks in Facebook’s algorithms or changes in design … Continue reading

Facebook gives developers new setting to publish more prominent stories from Open Graph apps

Facebook today announced an “explicit sharing” parameter for Open Graph apps, which will allow developers to publish more prominent News Feed stories on behalf of their users who want to share actions like taking photos, checking into locations or providing … Continue reading

Facebook users are sharing 1B stories from Open Graph apps per day; Zuckerberg discusses options for future monetization

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said today that more than 1 billion stories are being shared from Open Graph apps per day. Open Graph apps are those that share users’ actions, such as reading, watching, listening and other custom activities to … Continue reading

Facebook brings Recommendations Bar plugin out of beta, but it no longer shares what users read

Facebook today officially launched the Recommendations Bar plugin, which serves up recommended articles to readers as they finish reading another. When a person reaches the end of an article or after a certain amount of time has elapsed, a small pop-up … Continue reading

BandPage Everywhere looks to help artists make websites more social after tab apps lose traction

Music technology company BandPage, which was previously focused on Facebook tab development, today announced BandPage Everywhere to bring Facebook integration and other key features to all of an artist’s sites across the web. BandPage Everywhere allows musicians to update their bio, … Continue reading

ShareThis brings social reader functionality to new sharing widget for publishers

ShareThis today announced a new tool that will allow publishers to turn their sites into social readers without having to build their own custom Facebook applications. ShareThis is known for creating widgets that are used across more than 1.4 million … Continue reading

Facebook testing new Pinterest-inspired design for app stories in News Feed

Facebook appears to be testing a layout for Open Graph app stories that is similar in design to Pinterest, with boxes for individual items that allow Likes, comments and other app-specific actions. The change makes app stories even more prominent … Continue reading

Extole creates new marketing apps that promote word of mouth using Open Graph

Social marketing platform Extole has released a number of new products to integrate Open Graph publishing features and expand its analytics offering. Extole has enabled Open Graph sharing for its “Social Referrers” and “Social Promotions” apps to amplify the word … Continue reading

Autodesk acquires No. 1 Facebook app Socialcam for $60M

Autodesk announced today that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire mobile video sharing app Socialcam for approximately $60 million. The transaction is expected to close by Oct. 31 this year and is subject to customary closing conditions. Currently the … Continue reading