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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

What Payvment learned about F-commerce that led the company to start Lish.com

Facebook e-commerce platform Payvment launched social discovery and shopping site Lish.com in beta this week. Lish.com surfaces the top trending products among the more than 4 million products across Payvment’s seller network of more than 175,000 merchants. The Pinterest-esque site optimizes … Continue reading

Facebook careers: Indonesia growth manager, Open Graph partner engineer, media solutions, PMD managers, more

Facebook has added 14 new positions to its careers page this week, including a number of international-focused media solutions and Preferred Marketing Developer partner manager positions. The company is also looking for a partner engineer to work with gaming companies … 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

Could A New Coupon App Bring Facebook One Step Closer To Retail Commerce?

redplum social savings valassisThere have been some signals coming from Facebook that point to how it could one day become a platform for e-commerce beyond apps and virtual goods on Facebook itself. There are its patent holdings, and there is the code for a (not live) “Want” button to use on posts for particular products that could trigger a purchase. Today comes one more opening on this front, but from a third party rather than Facebook itself: couponing giant Valassis, which already works with some 15,000 advertisers to create electronic coupons, has launched a new Facebook app that lets brands offer coupons that can be printed or downloaded directly within Facebook itself, without taking users off the site — a first for Facebook, according to Valassis’ chief digital officer Jim Parkinson.

Facebook to remove a Like button feature many marketers and publishers didn’t know they had

Facebook is changing the way Like buttons work on third-party sites, removing the ability for admins to send updates to users who Liked their Open Graph objects. When Facebook introduced the Open Graph Protocol in 2010, developers gained the ability register … 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 Open Graph Leader Leaves: Director Of Product Management Carl Sjogreen Plots Next Adventure

Carl SjogreenFacebook’s acq-hiring like crazy and retaining plenty of top talent, but today marks another post-IPO departure as Director of Product Management Carl Sjogreen told friends that he’s heading out to take some family time and “plot my next adventure”. However, he tells me there’s “no concrete ideas yet”.

Sjogreen’s exit follows director of corporate communications Barry Schnitt taking the top comms and public policy role at Pinterest, and CTO Bret Taylor leaving to found a new startup. Many suspected the social network’s IPO was designed to give liquidity to long-time employees, but it seems the pull of fresh challenges is outweighing high salaries and extra stock grants for some Facebookers.

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