Facebook is Rolling Out Instant Articles For Android

After making Instant Articles available for iOS users, Facebook has finally rolled its Instant Articles for Google Android.

After making Instant Articles available for iOS users, Facebook has finally rolled its Instant Articles for Google Android.

As said in official blog post, almost 350 publications will be available for all android users via the official Facebook app. For those who don’t have any idea about Instant Articles, they make it fast to load an internet article by hosting it on Facebook and when you click on an instant article link, it is opened within the app rather than a web browser and hence, they are faster on loading speed than other links.

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Publishers are mostly News sites including some big names such as India Today and ABP News, however, It is likely to be increased over time.

More than 350 publications around the world have already joined the Instant Articles program to date, and more than 100 are already publishing daily — with more joining each day.

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Facebook is Killing Photosync And Wants You To Install Moments App

After forcing users to Install Messenger on their smartphones to send messages, you will need moments app to sync your photos to the social network.

Facebook is trying to make sure that It has more than 1 icon in your app drawer. After forcing users to Install Messenger on their smartphones to send messages, you will need another app to sync your photos to the social network.

In case you don’t know, Photo syncing in Facebook is a neat feature that lets you upload all photos on your smartphone into a private album. This all happens in the background and after the photos have been synced, you can edit and share the photos with your friends on the social network.

Until now it all was possible within the Facebook app, however, as the TechCrunch reports, you will need to install Facebook’s app called Moments to do that in near future.

Moments is an app by Facebook that makes it possible to share photos privately with your Facebook friends. The app is available for iOS and Android and it is one of the most downloaded apps by Facebook.

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It should be noted that Moments is not available in EU because of Privacy Laws related to facial recognition so it is possible that the sync feature will live in the official Facebook app just the way it is right now.

Why is Facebook doing that?

This step is quite bold and Similar to Facebook’s act of ripping off Facebook Messenger from the Core app. After the Messenger was made a stand-alone app, it has been downloaded millions of times and it ranks among the top 5  free apps in App Stores.

With Moments, Facebooks expects that it will make Facebook’s presence in your phone stronger. Also, having Moments app installed in the phone will encourage users to share and sync photos with others.

Photos are one biggest reason of Facebook’s traffic and as the competition is emerging Facebook is taking this step to fight with it.

What do you think about Facebook’s bold step? would you be installing Moments app on your phone? Share with others in the comments below.

What Are Facebook Instant Articles And Why Should You Care

Facebook is huge. Ever since its launch in 2003, Facebook has seen a really exponential growth. With time, the internet has also changed rapidly. The internet hosts millions of web pages and billions of people reading them. Facebook is trying hard to make sure that people spend more time inside Facebook.

You can see this attempt in Facebook’s music sharing features, with lets you buy music on Facebook, it can also be seen in Facebook’s attempt to shopping, now it lets people pay for stuff right on their Facebook feed. Heck, you can now even donate to charities in Facebook.

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The reason behind all of that is pretty simple, the social networking giant does not want you to leave Facebook ever. The longer you stay in Facebook, more the company can show you ads and the more it will earn. Facebook Instant Articles are also a big step it this attempt.

Instantly Delivering and Getting Back

Normally, when a user or a page posts a link to any article outside, it looks like a big thumbnail and when anyone clicks on that thumbnail, he or she  taken to the website. Depending on the network and other factors, it can take 10 seconds or more.

For today’s world, it is too slow.

Instant articles try to solve this problem by showing the article right in the Facebook app. It strips down the time of loading a web browser into RAM and connecting to a website. This makes the content consumption fast as hell. Rather than being hosted on other servers around the globe, Facebook instant articles are hosted on Facebook’s servers. This makes retrieval of them really fast. Apart from being fast they look a lot streamlined and they are easy to navigate.

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Instant Articles are also great at being interactive, they can have auto-playing HTML5 Video and moving animations. You can tap into any photo to open and zoom upon it. Not just this, They can interactive maps, Galleries and more.

Arguably more importantly, they provide a streamlined minimalist view of posts and articles. It makes it far less unlikely to get lost in tons of menus and banner ads and popups.

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Auto-playing videos make it a more immersive experience.

About the future of Instant Articles

It is all great for you. Currently, only a handful of internet websites are using Instant Articles and it is only available for iPhone App. Soon it will be made available for other platforms (Android, Windows Phone) as well and more publisher’s will jump into this bandwagon too.

Publishers are liking it for two reasons,

It makes the Article Load Faster

Every site owner wants its site to load as fast as possible. Google also considers page load speed as a factor when it ranks them on Google Search Results. More importantly, Faster load speed means makes it sure that more people will read the articles and thus it will result in more reader engagement. I also think that Facebook will give Instant Articles an advantage on user feed.

It doesn’t cost a dime and they keep the advertising money

More importantly, optimizing a website for fast load speed can cost money and resources, Facebook instant Articles are completely free to use. Publishers don’t even have to use any rocket science. Content can be published directly through the CMS of the website.

The other important factor is, publishers can show advertising in their articles be they native or tracking based. They can keep 100% of their ad-revenue. If they want, they can use Facebook to show ads. In this case, 30% of ad revenue will be kept by Facebook.

Keeping current market trends on mind, it makes a win-win situation for both.

With the introduction of Facebook Instant Articles, it will start a trend for its competitors. Others will also introduce some ways similar to Facebook to compete with the speed.

There can be one problem for publishers in future. When dozens of apps and services will be offering similar Article hosting services, it may become a pain in the ass for them to sign up for all of them and to  optimize and publish for every app/platform.

Let that be their problem, for readers, it saves their times and makes the web less annoying.

What do you think about Instant Articles? Do you think that they will prove to be useful for Facebook? Share with other readers in the comments below.

Facebook Will Help You in Ignoring Your Ex After Breakup

Breakups can be painful, Now Facebook is here to help users in recovering from them. The social giant is adding options in the App and website to help ignoring your Ex on your timeline or profile.

Facebook has had its share of effects on relationship with its social media website. People are using Facebook as a evidence for divorce and often people do breakups by changing their Facebook status. On its try keep Facebook pleasant to use for  users, Facebook has (for the first time) tried to do something for those who just had breakups in their relationship.

Breakups can be painful, Now Facebook is here to help users in recovering from them. The social giant is adding options in the App and website to help ignoring your Ex on your timeline or profile.

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Facebook announced all of this in its blog post. It will now give you options to hide your posts from your ex and make her post less visible on your Facebook feed.

You can ignore the person altogether by unfollowing them and your former partner wont be notified at all about all of this. Facebook is hoping that these helps will make relationships on Facebook better.

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Facebook is a place for sharing life’s important moments, which for many people include their romantic relationships. When a relationship ends, we’ve heard from people that they sometimes have questions about the options available to them on Facebook.

Kelly Winters, Product Manager on Facebook

Now, after you have changed your relationship status back to single, Facebook will show you a screen including options such as making your posts less visible to your ex and making the Ex’s post less visible on your Facebook feed.

All of these options were available in the past too, but very little users know about these and with this step, Facebook is making it more practical to do that for users

 

Facebook Wants You to Listen Music in Facebook App

Facebook want you not to leave the app, even for buying or listening music. The social network giant announced via its blog post that the iOS app of Facebook will have a new way to share with public.

Facebook app for iOS now allows a new type of sharing called music stories. With this you will be able to share 30 sec. music clips to Facebook.

The service currently supports Apple Music and Spotify only but Facebook has promised that it will add support to other services soon. Also right now the new post type is not supported on Android Version of Facebook app. We can hope that it will be included soon on other platforms as well.

Instead of just listening music sample or preview on App, the service will also support buying the music from music stores or adding them to user playlists.

The previews from Apple Music and iTunes are available directly through Facebook. If you want more, click through to stream full tracks on Apple Music or add music to your library with a single click to purchase through the iTunes store.

Facebook is trying really hard to not give users a reason to leave Facebook app. The Video Sharing support, Instant Articles and now released music stories prove this.

What do you think about this feature? Share with us in the comments below.

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What Kind Of Facebook User Are You?

The programming behind Facebook may be hard but it is easy to classify users into categorise. Some are gamers, some are stalkers and some are the promoters.

Everyone (and their mothers) know about Facebook, it is the one social network that wants its users not to leave it for a single moment.

The programming behind Facebook may be hard but it is easy to classify users into categorise. Some are gamers, some are stalkers and some are the promoters. Broadly we can divide Facebook users into 9 Types according to their behaviour on their profile.

Take a look on the infographic below and tell us in the comments that Which type of Facebook user are you?

9 types of facebook users

Via Optify

Instagram is now a lot Bigger than Twitter

Photo sharing website Instagram is now bigger than twitter. Facebook owned company recently announced that it now has whooping 400 Million active users.

Photo sharing website Instagram is now bigger than twitter. Facebook owned company recently announced that it now has whooping 400 Million active users making twitter’s 80 million users look too small.

Growing Instagram

It took 3 years for instagram to achieve so high number of users on the internet. Unlike MySpace or Facebook, Instagram had to face tough competition from Twitter and Snapchat, both being good as photo sharing platforms. Instagram has proven that Facebook’s decision of buying the App focused Photo Sharing Network was not a mistake. Facebook paid 1 Billion Bucks to acquire Instagram in 2012. It also became one of the fastest growing social network since that year.

The Company  has already stated that more than 75% users are using it outside of USA. Since the rise of Instagram, Facebook has made itself the biggest social networking company in the world. Apart from Instagram which now has 400 Million users, Facebook also owns Whatsapp with 900 million users and the messenger with 700 million users.

It will be interesting to see how the twitter fights back in this war.

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Master The Social Media Using These Tricks

Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other sites are packed with many power user features and a lot of users don’t have any idea about them.

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all are really noteworthy when it comes to Social Media. People are using them more than ever. The thing with these web site is that they are huge and so is their feature list. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other sites are packed with many power user features and a lot of users don’t have any idea about them. The infographic below will definitely help you in making the most of these websites. If there is any other tip or trick that you know and you want to share with us, do leave a comment below.

via salesforce

Master the Social Media using these tricks