If you want to sign into your Netflix account, you can choose to authenticate using Facebook’s login service. And using Facebook to log on isn’t just a fast track to Law and Order: SVU marathons; Facebook’s authentification services are available on popular programs across the Internet, from Quora to Airbnb. Considering how Facebook is making strides to strengthen ties with big media companies, it’s most recent bid for a stronger connection to television should come as no surprise: According to AllThingsD, Facebook is in talks with Time Warner and Verizon to use the Facebook login system to connect cable viewers to online video. Sources say the companies will initially link Verizon’s FiOS TV to Facebook. FiOS TV is a new service using a fiber-optics communications network to deliver entertainment, and in September, people who signed up for this service gained access to several television channels over the Internet. Users accessing this feature on … [Read more...] about Facebook continues to court TV companies with new login option
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“Facebook’s mission is to make the world more open and connected,” reads the first line of Facebook’s blog post introducing Graph Search. But after Facebook blocked Wonder – the mobile App that launched the same day by Google’s Russian competitor Yandex – from accessing the social giant’s much touted one trillion data-points, that should be rewritten: “Facebook’s mission is to make the world more open and connected… so long as Facebook retains control over the information and how it can be accessed.” Timing is everythingGraph Search was launched a mere four days after news broke that Yandex had essentially built the mobile app, voice search-enabled version of Graph Search.Graph Search is a tool to navigate the endless data-points on Facebook, including reportedly a billion people (minus all the cat and dog profile pages), 240 billion photos, and more than a trillion connections. Graph Search goes beyond letting … [Read more...] about Russian search engine Yandex’s Wonder app is on the outs with Facebook – here’s why
invitations were sent out, a few inside reports that a team was working on the feature leaked, and then Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom went ahead and canceled his appearance at Cannes Lions advertising festival this week. Also, two years ago he said this: “I don’t see a future where video isn’t a part of Instagram in some way, it’s a matter of when.” It’s all but official – Instagram is about to become a very different app.Before we dive into all the “do we want an Instagram for video?” of it all, it should be obvious why this is happening. Vine has proven itself a hit in its infancy and while there are reasons why the app fares better on Twitter than Instagram does (really obvious, noteworthy reasons), it’s still managed to attain viral use – matching the same engagement rates as YouTube on Twitter is pretty impressive (although, again, Vine is owned by Twitter, and heavily promoted by it, so … common sense, … [Read more...] about Do we really want our Instagram with a side of video? (Because we’re getting it either way)
Facebook is more than just a social network these days. At the F8 developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg and company revealed a number of cool new features that cast an eye outside of Facebook to make everything you do online that much easier.Among the many new developer tools the social network unveiled at F8 are Account Kit, which makes logging into services even easier; Save to Facebook, which lets you save articles for offline reading; and Quote to Facebook, which makes it much easier to share quotations. Here’s a summary of each program.Account KitDigits — to make the process simpler. Now, Facebook is following in Twitter’s footsteps with Account Kit to eliminate the password.In the past, Facebook Login allowed you to sign into a number of apps with your Facebook account — but you still needed to have an email and password. Facebook introduced Account Kit at its F8 developer conference, a service that lets you sign up for any app with just a phone … [Read more...] about Facebook simplifies your digital life with faster logins, speedy quote sharing, and more
Remember when everyone got braces in 5th or 6th grade? You thought they were the coolest things in the world and you wanted yours, pronto. And then a horrible thing happened: Your dentist didn’t advise you get braces until 8th grade, right when everyone else’s had done their jobs, and they had shiny, beautiful straight teeth. You had a mouth full of metal. Hashtags are Facebook’s braces. The social network was late to the party, and now it’s stuck looking silly: This week Edgerank Checker revealed that the Facebook hashtag not only has no effect, but will actually hurt the possibility of your post going viral.What gives?Well, for one, our real identities. You don’t have to use your real name on Twitter or other services – and, furthermore, that name and profile aren’t necessarily backed up by, potentially, years of photographic evidence and personal data that identifies you. Facebook has made its claim on our “real” … [Read more...] about Why do we hate Facebook hashtags?