Facebook is reportedly planning on bringing Graph Search to mobile, starting with iOS, according to 9to5Mac.com. The site reported Wednesday that Facebook will soon release a major update to both its native iOS app and Messenger.
The report suggests that Facebook is testing two versions of Messenger for iOS — one which looks similar to Apple’s native messages feature and another one (which will more likely be released) heavy on white space and fitting with the iOS 7 design.
Product Designer Chris Kalani, who was instrumental in the design of Facebook Messenger, as well as Graph Search, follow and friend lists, has decided to leave the company. Kalani, a Facebook employee since February 2011, announced his departure in a public Facebook post.
Kalani’s final day was Tuesday, he wrote:
I really wanted to start this post off with something that would elicit a laugh or a gasp, but I’m just going to get to the point; Today is my last day at Facebook.
I am incredibly grateful for everyone who has made this experience so amazing. I can’t imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t received that canned recruiting email from Bobby Goodlatte back in 2009. It took a couple years of convincing but eventually I joined the company. I knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity but I didn’t realize how big of an impact it would have on me. This place has shaped me as a designer and as a thinker. It’s changed the way I look at the world and brought some of the most influential and best friends into my life.
Leaving all of that behind is going to be tough. But I’m ready to go out there and see what I’m capable of on my own. Hold onto your butts…
Facebook is giving advertisers and marketers a wider level of understanding by rolling out country level monthly active user (MAU) and daily active user (DAU) metrics — both for desktop and mobile. This will be a vital source for companies who want to discover more about their userbase in other countries.
Facebook notes that more than 128 million people in the U.S. use Facebook on desktop (and more than 101 million on mobile). In the U.K., roughly 24 million use Facebook on desktop every day, and that’s nearly matched on mobile (20 million). Facebook wants businesses and brands on Facebook to understand more about how people engage with their ad campaigns throughout the globe.
Shortly after Facebook launched stickers for desktop chat, news circulated that it lost one of the minds behind the popular messaging feature. TechCrunch and AllFacebook reported that Sophie Xie, the designer who started the sticker craze at a hackathon, has moved from Facebook.
According to TechCrunch, Xie left Facebook to work on a bespoke hyper-local location app. She had been a Facebook employee since 2012, and bringing stickers to desktop was her final project.
Stickers have been a craze in Asian messaging apps, but Facebook brought them to its network earlier this year. The super-sized emoticons started out as an addition for iOS, then later were added to Android. Tuesday, Facebook announced that desktop chat users can send stickers to friends.
Readers: How often do you send stickers?
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Stickers, a popular messaging function in Facebook’s mobile applications, are now available in desktop chat. Facebook announced the arrival of stickers on Tuesday, with a message popping up in the chat module that users can now attach a fun sticker to their conversation.
To access these stickers (which are popular in Asian messaging apps such as Line and KakaoTalk), click the smiley face in the text box. Then, a menu will appear with sticker options. Users can also easily visit the sticker store to access other sets of stickers, including the Despicable Me 2 stickers Facebook recently released. All Facebook stickers are currently free.
Stickers were added to the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps for iOS and Android in the spring, but this is the desktop debut for the super emoticons.
Message Systems announces renewed partnership with Facebook, continues using platform for messaging products
Message Systems has announced that it has renewed its relationship with Facebook. Message Systems develops software that powers complex email, text and cross-channel operations. Facebook will continuing using the Momentum platform for its own messaging products. Working together since 2009, this is the first time the companies have announced their partnership publicly.
Prior to its use of the Momentum platform, Facebook used its own open source platforms to distribute messages, notifications and emails. With the Momentum platform, Facebook is able to deliver faster performance on less hardware. By opting for more efficient software, they are able to leave less of a carbon footprint and create a more reliable, repeatable process.
As the largest digital messaging platform by volume, Message Systems is responsible for 20 percent of email shared on the internet. It has also stated that Facebook is responsible for around 7 percent of emails sent across all inboxes. The Momentum platform has been able to grow with Facebook’s rapidly growing infrastructure. The implementation of the Momentum platform has helped Facebook drive down data center costs.
George Schlossnagle, president and CEO of Message Systems also adds in the press release, “The Momentum platform has proven that it can scale to handle Facebook’s high message volumes, and also provide the kind of flexibility Facebook requires to meet evolving technical challenges. We look forward to working together with Facebook in the years ahead to continue to help them meet their messaging challenges.”
Facebook updates iOS app with faster events, option to save photos, emphasis on group messages, more
Facebook released an update for its iOS app today with a number of small changes and improvements, including faster loading for events and a way for users to easily save photos from Facebook to their phone.
Events was one of the sections that hadn’t yet been completely rebuilt for speed like the News Feed, photos, messages and other areas have. Now, the main events page and individual events themselves seem to load much quicker. This could lead to more RSVPs and interactions on the event page from mobile now that the product is not so slow.
Now when viewing a photo fullscreen, there’s a new ellipsis icon with options to save the photo, share it or report it. This makes these functions more accessible for users. Previously, a user had to take a screenshot of their phone to save an image, or leave fullscreen view to share or report it.
Facebook has started to roll out support for emoji in all posts and comments on desktop and mobile, a company spokesperson tells us.
Previously, emoji — a standardized set of emoticons and picture characters – were available for Facebook Messenger, but not within status updates, comments or other posts. Facebook started offering some chat emoticons in comments on desktop last year, but this wasn’t the full emoji set. Now, users have more flexibility in sharing smileys and other icons across Facebook, whether it’s a check-in, photo caption, group post or some other message or comment.
The social network has made a number of moves recently to bring more ways for users to express themselves through small pictures. There are the new structured status updates where users can share what they’re feeling, eating, drinking, watching, reading or listening to. And the new stickers for mobile messages.
These features, along with emoji, help users communicate in new ways or say things that might be difficult otherwise. They can also add a bit more fun into the service, which at points has been seen as a cold or sterile platform compared to the flash and flexibility of other social networks. When Facebook released the Poke app, which was sillier than its typically utilitarian features, we wondered if it was a sign of more to come. So far this year it seems that Facebook is lightening up and giving users new options that are popular in other apps.
The latest emoji support for posts and comments was built at a Facebook hackathon last week and began rolling out to users on Tuesday. To create emoji characters, a user must enable the emoji keyboard on their phone and in their web browser. For example, ShowMeEmoji is a useful extension for Chrome users.
Facebook updates iOS Messenger with stickers, swipe-to-delete feature and redesigned contact info page
Facebook released a new version of Messenger for iOS on Monday, bringing its latest stickers feature from the main app to the standalone chat application.
Stickers are now available in Facebook for iOS, Messenger for iOS and Messenger for Android. Facebook also released a new set of stickers available for free in the “sticker store” within Messenger and the main Facebook app. Some chat apps sell stickers, but so far Facebook has made all eight of its sticker sets free. The newest set is called “Skullington.”
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