There’s no stopping Facebook when it comes to establishing an emotional-connect with people. Facebook has come out one step ahead to make sure you don’t miss out on celebrating important occasions such as your friends’ weddings or engagements.
A special events feature showcasing important and significant information pertaining to your friends’ lives will be rolled out to all Facebook users on Thursday. The feature highlights events starting with weddings and engagements alongside where you normally view information about friends’ birthdays.
“Facebook has become a unique way people share and congratulate friends around exciting life events such as engagements and weddings or the arrival of a child,” a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying very recently. Facebook has come out with an announcement relating to rolling the feature out saying, “to make it easier to keep up with these momentous occasions and to ensure you can share in your friends’ joy.”
The feature will display new wedding and engagement announcements. Once the couple has made an announcement that they are engaged or are going to get married, a notification will appear for two days even if you don’t engage with them.
The feature is quite similar to the notification of birthdays on Facebook. Clicking on the notification will allow you to post your compliments on your friend or friends’ walls as well as allowing you to see your friendship with that person over time. Also, you will see an “Add Friend” button for the other person if you’re friends with only the groom/bride.
However, new events will not be added to the new calendar view that Facebook rolled out earlier this week.
Share with us your opinions about the new feature. Would you like to get these announcements on your Facebook home page?
Noticed a colorful icon on the left side of your Facebook home page named ‘App Center’? It is the new feature from Facebook for users in India and 6 more countries. It was first rolled out in the US after a month from its announcement in May.
Users of Facebook can now find apps more easily thanks to the ‘App Center’ from Facebook. For the 900+ million Facebook users the ‘App Center’ will serve as a portal similar to that of Android Market (Now, Google Play) where one can find the app of their choice. The company has made the move to launch the App Center in India after its claim that the App Center had driven millions of app installations ever since it got introduced last month in the US.
The apps have ratings and detailed descriptions that help the people to choose wisely. The quality of an app is determined by various factors including user ratings and engagement. The developers on the other hand will get insights for their apps over time.
The app center currently lists apps on Facebook.com along with web, iOS and Android apps that use Facebook login mechanism. The quality guidelines for the apps have been clearly defined and hence top rated apps will feature prominently and those which don’t follow guidelines will not be listed.
Critics doubt the success of App Center in India. It is well-known that many Facebook users back here in India access their Facebook accounts to keep in touch as well as to play games online. But, it remains to be seen whether they will use an app store.
However, looking at it from a broader perspective, the introduction of the App Centre paves way for various opportunities for the developers and options for the users.
Last Monday, Facebook revealed that it has reached a staggering 901 million active users reflecting its growth. The count is almost 3 times higher than the population ofUnited Statesand nearly 2 million more than ofEurope. If things continue at this rate, we can even say that Facebook would become the second or third largest country in the world soon with self-centered people (pun intended). It must be noted that a year ago, the numbers were around about 680 million.
According to United Nations estimation, the population of world had increased by 383,047,000 between the years 2000 and 2005. But, the 221 million users of Facebook in a year of time are faster than the population increase of world in less than 5 years. As a result of such great numbers shown by facebook, it is expected by many that it will probably exceed the 1 billion mark by the year end.
In a day, Facebook obtains an average of about 3.2 billion likes and comments posted. This just goes on to prove that more than half of the world’s population spends their time by updating their status, commenting on somebody else’s status, photos, activities, etc.
Facebook has described that nearly 300 million photos are uploaded every single day. It must be said that these photo numbers were practically not even existent in the world in the year 1990. Facebook is reported to have the largest photo library in the world; estimated at about 10,000 times larger than the Library of Congress.
Are you wondering how all this could happen so easily? Yes, Facebook has 901 million monthly active users, but it occurred only because of the users like us. The unexpected caprices of us are the value of Facebook, the biggest in the social media.
Recently, Facebook rolled out a new photo viewer. Days later, Facebook has rolled our larger profile pictures. In recent Facebook update, they quoted a profile picture measured 130 x 125pixels will be changed to 160 x 160 pixels.
It mean, on April 26, 2012, Facebook updating size of the profile picture on all Pages. The new profile picture will be 160 x 160 pixels and will sit at 23 pixels from the left and 210 pixels from the top of the Page.