How did Facebook build auto-enhance for iOS?


Your iPhone’s camera might sometimes stink at taking a good, clear photo. But Facebook wants to help, introducing an auto-enhance feature for photos uploaded through the iOS app.

Facebook’s lead engineer explained in a new blog post how this technology came to be.


Facebook makes it easier to upload multiple photos on mobile


Facebook recently announced an update to its iOS and Android mobile apps, aimed at making it easier for users to share multiple photos from their mobile devices.


Can posting too many vacation photos on Facebook cause unfriending?


Those vacation photos you can’t help but post to your Facebook News Feed to prove how awesome your life is might make people unfriend you.

New data from CyberLink Corp. suggests that you might want to think twice before flooding your News Feed with those vacation photos. Your friends don’t like it and 34 percent of Americans polled in the survey would consider unfollowing or blocking friends on Facebook for posting too many holiday photos.

In an effort to uncover how crucial smartphones and technology have become to the American vacation experience, CyberLink commissioned research firm YouGov to study how enjoyment of a vacation is affected by the positive responses elicited by others on social media platforms – and influenced by the quality of the content being posted.

Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink, said in a press release:

Our social news feeds are dominated by ‘gloating’ photos of friends and colleagues on holiday, and while capturing photos and sharing them on social media has become an integral part of the vacation experience – there is a way of doing so without annoying friends and family. They are a great source of enjoyment for the individual taking the photo, but are sometimes a point of irritation for friends back home and at work.

With nine in 10 (90 percent) Americans polled sharing vacation photos on Facebook, it is overwhelmingly the number one social platform where travelers share their holiday snapshots, more than three times than that of Instagram (28 percent), and more than four times that of Twitter (18 percent).


New photo feature: Options appearing on tagged photos


It appears that Facebook is adding some options on tagged photos.

As pointed out to Inside Facebook by Lithuanian reader Aidis Dalikas of Socialus Marketingas, when a user sees a photo where a person is tagged, they can mouse over to reveal a menu, accessing more photos of that person, as well as friends of that person.


Facebook: We’re getting better at measuring the 20 percent rule

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Facebook announced to advertisers that it has gotten better at measuring its own 20 percent rule — the guideline that an image advertisement can contain no more than 20 percent text. This has no bearing on organic or unpaid posts from a page or profile.

Facebook put a banner atop the News Feed of recent advertisers, saying that the company has improved the accuracy of the way it measures the 20 percent maximum. The site encouraged users who have boosted images to try again, saying that pictures that may have failed the test before might pass now.

So what changed?


Facebook testing tag friends prompt on status update photo upload


Facebook has been trying to make it easier for users to tag friends in photos, with innovations such as prompts within photos in News Feed. Inside Facebook reader Kevin Mullett, Director of Visibility and Social Media, MarketSnare, noticed that Facebook asked him to tag a photo he uploaded within a status update.


Facebook data gives the World Series edge to Boston Red Sox


With a 3-2 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, it looks like the Boston Red Sox are primed to win baseball’s highest title, thanks to their fans — not the ones at the games, but the ones on Facebook. Stats from Expion, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer in pages, apps and insights, show that the most active fanbases in the Major League Baseball playoffs were the ones that advanced to the next round.


Businesses should proceed with caution when using Facebook’s new shared photo album feature


Photos and images posted on social media websites attract more attention from viewers than anything else. And these images tend to encourage more likes, more comments and more shares than a basic text update or announcement.

Facebook’s newly released shared photo album feature has been catching many users off guard over the last month.

For those not in the loop: Facebook recently made photo album sharing even easier for its users. The popular social media platform rolled out a new option that allows for up to 50 people to collaborate on a single Facebook album. Each of the 50 users can now upload a maximum of 200 photos, meaning the shared album photo limit is 10,000, versus the usual 1,000 allowed by individual albums. Privacy settings can be limited to contributors-only, friends of contributors or public.


Facebook boosts image size for desktop, mobile ads

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Facebook announced Tuesday more changes to its ad formats, making the visuals pop a little bit more. Starting today, the company is streamlining the image sizes for its ads and making them bigger.

For instance, page post link ads on desktop will now feature a 3.5-times larger image than before. Clicks on that image will lead users directly to the website.

A Facebook spokesperson announced the news to Inside Facebook:

Making ad specs consistent across placements means advertisers no longer need multiple image sizes for different ad placements. These updates also give advertisers a bigger canvas to display their brand or product (we’ve seen that larger images help drive engagement and performance).

Below the jump, see examples of the new ad formats.


Facebook tests prompt asking users to tag photos in News Feed

Screen Shot 2013-08-03 at 3.01.13 PMFacebook appears to be testing a new way to tag friends in photos. Whenever a friend posts a photo of themselves, users see a prompt over the photo in News Feed asking if they’d like to tag.

Previously, a user could tag a friend in a photo after they’ve already clicked on it. This way, users can tag friends easily without leaving News Feed.

Naturally, the person in the photo can remove the tag or accept it. While the prompt to tag does not show up for every facial photo, it seems to usually show up whenever the user uploads a public picture featuring themselves to either Facebook or Instagram.

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