Facebook partners with Google, Twitter, others to launch ‘TODO’

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At the @Scale conference Monday, Facebook announced a partnership with Box, Dropbox, GitHub, Google, Khan Academy, Stripe, Square, Twitter, and Walmart Labs to launch TODO — Talk Openly, Develop Openly.

The organization will be a think-tank for the issues facing open source developing, offering discussion and best practices.

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Facebook revamps App Settings page

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Facebook has redesigned its app settings page, making it easier for users to manage app permissions, as well as delete Facebook apps they don’t use anymore.

By going to the settings screen, then apps, users can see all apps they’ve connected with via Facebook, as well as toggle features such as personalization.

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Infographic: 18 steps for building a better Facebook contest

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As the rules around Facebook contests change regularly, marketers need to make sure they’re playing within Facebook’s rules.

But how can you be sure that you’ve done all that you can to be legal, yet still create a hit Facebook contest?

ShortStack, which specializes in Facebook contest apps, created an infographic detailing 18 steps to Facebook contest success.

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Facebook testing clearer post attribution menu for page admins

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Facebook is making it easier for page admins to switch between pages they manage and their personal profile with clearer toggle buttons.

As pointed out to Inside Facebook by reader Alessandra Rossi and The Next Web Social Media Director Matt Navarra, page admins who control several pages can have the ability to easily change between posting as themselves and their pages. On a broader scale, page admins can switch back and forth between pages and personal profiles by choosing the option in the top right corner menu.

This gives admins easier access to changing voice on a post-by-post and comment-by-comment basis.

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Facebook tests disappearing post feature on iOS

ScheduleFB-220x259Ever wish that embarrassing Facebook post you made would just disappear? Soon, you might be able to do that, as Facebook is trying to bring the Snapchat-like timebomb messaging aspect into the News Feed.

According to The Next Web, Facebook is testing a “disappearing post” feature with select iOS app users that allows them to post something and then choose a time when that post will expire.

Users can pick 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours, 2 days or 7 days.

Facebook confirmed this test in a statement:

We’re running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance.

The Next Web notes that even though the post may be deleted from a user’s timeline, it can take up to 90 days to completely disappear from Facebook’s servers.

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INFOGRAPHIC: T-Mobile, Waggin’ Train Dog Treats among Facebook’s top brands in Aug. 2014

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While most companies and brands can claim to be active on Facebook, a few go the extra mile.

Socialbakers, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, tracks the most engaged and active Facebook brands each month. Among major brands, Waggin’ Train Dog Treats was tops in engagement, while T-Mobile was a superstar at answering fans’ questions.

Wondering how industry leaders are performing on Facebook? Check out the infographic below.

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What should you learn from Facebook’s clickbait-free News Feed?

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If you’re tired of headlines emphasizing that your mind will be blown or that you won’t believe what happens next, you’re not alone. Facebook recently targeted clickbait headlines as part of its mission to make the News Feed more relevant, but what does this mean for content publishers on the site?

If you’re producing quality and relevant content, that announcement shouldn’t be a problem for you, according to Adobe Social’s Senior Product Marketing Manager, Lawrence Mak. Mak said that the only publishers who should worry about future content plans are those that try to game the algorithm.

Facebook wants you to play within its rules, meaning no deception in links and no links in photo captions, when posting content. Mak told Inside Facebook that quality content publishers shouldn’t see much of a dip because of Facebook’s decision to lighten up on deceptive headlines:

Facebook has always encouraged companies to post focused, engaging content for their audience. That ensures the experience that they have with that brand in News Feed is high value and highly relevant and therefore leads to more engagement and reach over time. I don’t think that this is something that most brands should be worried about. If you are not being shady on Facebook, you shouldn’t be too affected by the change.

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Facebook wants to know why you hide ads

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Facebook users hide ads for several reasons, but now the site is making a greater effort to understand why.

Facebook announced today a few changes in the ad feedback process. When someone clicks to hide an ad, Facebook is making it easier for the user to explain why, such as the ad was irrelevant or repetitive. Facebook had been testing this process for quite some time, but now it’s fully rolling it out.

Product Manager Max Eulenstein explained the process in a blog post:

We’ve learned that the reason why someone hides an ad can be just as important as the hide itself. If someone doesn’t want to see an ad because it’s not relevant to them, we know we didn’t do a great job choosing that ad and we need to improve. If someone doesn’t want to see an ad because it’s offensive, it probably isn’t a good ad for other people on Facebook, either.

With this update, News Feed is going to take into account the reasons why people give us for hiding an ad. When we identify an ad like this, we’ll show it to fewer people on Facebook.

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Power Editor update: preview News Feed ads during creation, bulk import News Feed ads

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Facebook is rolling out changes to Power Editor that allow advertisers to preview ads as they’re being created, instead of posting something to the page and then promoting it.

A Facebook spokesperson told Inside Facebook that advertisers will be able to preview the ad during the creation process, edit News Feed ads using Power Editor and bulk import News Feed ads:

This will impact all clients, partners and agencies who use Power Editor. This will particularly affect those who have wanted to create and preview News Feed ads within Power Editor, and later edit those ads.  In the past, since these ads were anchored to page posts, they were not changeable. With this change, advertisers can now create News Feed ads at scale, preview them during creation, edit them at any time, and bulk import/export them.

We’ve received very positive feedback on this feature during testing and expect it to drive advertiser satisfaction through more efficient ad creation and management.

We also expect that over time, it will lead to more and higher quality ads in News Feed since now it is much easier to do this at scale.

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Facebook vs. Google: the battle for deep linking supremacy

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Facebook and Google are in an arms race, but this time not over active user counts. Both tech giants are making big moves in the deep linking world, allowing users to go straight from one app to another. For instance, when a user clicks on an ad from Hotels.com within their Facebook News Feed, they’re led into the Hotels.com app (if they’ve got it installed) instead of a mobile browser. This process is done through a platform Facebook announced earlier this year at f8, App Links.

For Facebook, this makes mobile advertising much more valuable, as app developers don’t have to worry about a sub-standard experience when a person is led to the mobile browser site. For Google, it’s a way to evolve to meet the growing demand on mobile and bring Android to the forefront.

URX, a deep linking search engine for developers, supports both Facebook’s App Links and Google’s deep linking. URX has been one of the early and major players in the deep linking community and recently announced that it is building the first mobile app search API. We talked with URX Head of Marketing Mike Fyall to learn how Facebook and Google are competing within this space.

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