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Using Facebook makes young adults feel less satisfied with their lives both moment-to-moment and in the long term, according to a new report from PLOS ONE, a scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science.
According to the report, the more study participants used Facebook, the more their life satisfaction levels declined over time. The report also found that people were more satisfied with “direct” social interactions that they had in real life. Here is more from the report:
On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling such needs by allowing people to instantly connect. Rather than enhancing well-being, as frequent interactions with supportive “offline” social networks powerfully do, the current findings demonstrate that interacting with Facebook may predict the opposite result for young adults—it may undermine it.
(Via BBC News).
Facebook revealed today that 78% of U.S. users are visiting the site from their mobile devices. The company announced today that it will start sharing country-by-country metrics about its daily and monthly active users, in a move to help advertisers have a better understanding of users.
According to Facebook, Facebook has 128 million daily users from the web and 101 million daily users via mobile. Facebook explained its new process in this statement:
We are doing this because we believe brands and businesses should think differently about how people engage with Facebook, especially on mobile. A lot of people focus on monthly active users or even registered users to demonstrate their size and scale. We think this is becoming on old way of looking at the media world. In this world, understanding who comes back at least once a month is only part of the picture. Instead, businesses should focus on people who come back online every single day.
Facebook billionaire Sean Parker‘s enchanted forest wedding to singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas has been the subject of much blog fodder. The lavish occasion was chastised by many outlets after getting a $2.5 million from the California Coastal Commission. Then Parker blasted his critics in a 9,000+ word post on TechCrunch explaining the logistical problems that went into planning the event and issues with the hotel itself.
Vanity Fair has the latest scoop on the event, exclusively publishing photos from the grand fete that took place in Big Sur, CA in its September issue. Follow this link to see a 32 photo slideshow of the party which looks like it stepped right out of a fairy tale. The photos were taken by Christian Oth and Mark Seliger.
Facebook joins Youtube, Twitter and Instagram in allowing news organizations to embed public Facebook posts within their websites and blogs. At this point the feature is only available to select news sites including Bleacher Report, CNN, Huffington Post, Mashable and PEOPLE, but the feature will be more widely available soon.
To figure out if a post is sharable, reporters at these companies can hover over a post and the drop down will give you the option to embed if the post is public. Then it’s as simple as cutting and pasting code, as you would with a tweet. Here is more about the new feature from the Facebook blog:
Embedded Posts display just like they do on Facebook, with the ability to show pictures, videos, hashtags, and other content. People can interact with Embedded Posts by:
- Liking or sharing the post directly from your web page
- Liking the Page or following other posts from the author using the top right button
- Visiting the post’s comments, photos, hashtags and other content on Facebook
Facebook recently added embedding to Instagram, allowing users to take public Instagram photos and videos and share them on their sites through an embed code.
Facebook has introduced a new pilot program for small developers to release their mobile games through the Facebook app called Mobile Games Publishing. The social network will promote select games across their mobile apps. The effort gives smaller developers a chance to show off their games to a larger audience and it gives Facebook users access to new games.
Here is more from the Facebook blog:
With more than 800 million monthly users of our mobile apps and more than 260 million people playing games on Facebook, we are using our unique reach and targeting capabilities to help games in our program find and engage a valuable audience of the right users. This program is designed to reach people who already play games on Facebook with new games that may interest them. For example, we will help strategy game fans find strategy games and casual game enthusiasts find casual games. Read more
Facebook’s “Facebook For Every Phone” app, a service that works on 3,000 different feature phones from dozens of handset manufacturers, now has more than 100 million people using it globally.
The company announced the milestone over the weekend. “This is an important milestone for us,” reads the announcement. “Facebook’s mission is to make the world more open and connected, and Facebook For Every Phone enables people around the globe to connect to the people and things they care about most, no matter what kind of mobile device they use.”
According to Facebook many of the users are in developing markets around the globe. The app gives users access to Facebook and is specifically designed to be easy for new users to sign up. In addition, it is designed to use less data to help users avoid data charges.
Facebook is currently rolling out its Graph Search tool for all users.
On the Morning Media Menu today, Social Times editor Devon Glenn discussed what media professionals need to know about Facebook’s newest function and explored the most abandoned books on Goodreads.
You can also use the tool to build a book club. Press play below to listen…
Facebook has rolled out its new Open Graph social search feature, a tool that will help you find people who like the same things as you and search for particular themes among your friends.
The tool was introduced in beta back in January but is now widely available. You can search your Facebook by different topics, say an author that you like or a genre that you enjoy. Then you can search based on who you want to include such as family members, friends, or even just anyone on Facebook. So say for instance, you’d like to start a book club with family members who like to read romances. You can search the Open Graph tool based on these attributes and start the club from there.
It also works for images. Say you’d like to look at photos of locations in Dublin to support your book club’s James Joyce month. You can then search, “Photos my friends took in Dublin.” You can use the search for any interest really, not just books. Follow this link to test it out.
Better Homes and Gardens is racking up the followers in social media. The magazine announced today that it has more than 1 million fans on Facebook and more than 370,000 followers on Pinterest.
To celebrate the Facebook reach, the publication has released a behind-the-scenes video thanking its fans along with a download of the most-shared content. What kinds of things are readers talking about on the BH&G Facebook fan page? Mostly home related things such as which colors they love in kitchens and what they would fix if they had a handyman for a day.
“Social media lets us stay in constant conversation with our consumer,” stated Gayle Butler, Editor-in-Chief at Better Homes and Gardens. “It enables us to give her quick bites of content throughout her day and also hear what’s on her mind.”