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How to verify a Facebook page

Posted on April 29, 2016

You may have seen that some business pages on Facebook feature a tick next to the page name. This tick means the page has been verified as a genuine business by Facebook. It also means the page apparently shows higher in Facebook’s search rankings, and it gives the page more authority as a verified business (which is always useful considering all the scam Facebook pages cropping up every day).

Getting your Facebook page verified is actually very easy, and takes just a few moments to do. There are also two ways to (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Do we spend too long on Facebook?

Posted on April 26, 2016

As continue to move further into the digital age, social media is becoming more and more addictive, with people spending far too much time on their favourite networks, letting their friends know what they’re doing and where.

It is getting to a (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Is Facebook reaching ‘tipping’ point?

Posted on April 22, 2016

Social network Facebook is believed to be considering setting up a virtual ‘tip jar’, so that users of the site can give tips to the people and pages they like the most.

This new proposal is just one of a (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Teens snub Facebook

Posted on April 19, 2016

A recent survey conducted by investment company Piper Jaffray has found that social networking phenomenon Facebook is becoming less (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

What will happen when you fall for Facebook ‘win a car’ scams?

Posted on April 15, 2016

Last week, so annoyed was I at the current spate of Facebook scams doing the rounds, I created a video explaining how the ‘win a car’ scams work. The video is a near three minutes of pure anger and, to date, has generated thousands of views and around 100 shares on Facebook.

Have a watch and judge for yourself – I may have gone a bit overboard.

Did you watch it? Angry, eh?

It makes me angry because this has been going on for several years. I even wrote about it back in 2014.

Now, I’ve spoken with a few journalists this week about a possible feature on these scams, but the overriding response was one of indifference. The reason being they didn’t feel there was much to warn people about – there’s no real harm in these scams as nobody ends up out of pocket, and nobody is conned out of money.

This led me to think about the endgame of these scammers. Just getting hundreds of thousands of gullible people to share their page on Facebook isn’t the goal of the scammer. That’s merely a means to an end. If the journalists in the UK don’t feel there’s much to warn against, and the people sharing these scams don’t see the harm, perhaps it’s time we looked at exactly what could happen when you fall for the scam – if not to you then to (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Facebook to introduce Messenger bots

Posted on April 14, 2016

Social networking phenomenon Facebook has recently announced its intentions to introduce chat bots to its Messenger app.

The announcement was made at this (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Facebook Messenger launches user-friendly features

Posted on April 11, 2016

To celebrate reaching its latest milestone, Facebook Messenger has announced that it is launching a set of new features to make it easier to add new friends and start conversations with the app.

It has been revealed that the Messenger app now has a user base of 900 million and, to mark the occasion, Facebook has announced new features that will reignite its rivalries with other messaging apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat.

The company announced that its users will be able to use scannable codes, as well as having their own unique username. They will also be able to share links with other users to start conversations within the app more easily.

These changes were announced by Facebook, which said it was delivering new solutions to over 900 million users. It also explained that mobile phone numbers were not necessary to connect with other users, nor do they have to be friends on its social network, which has around 1.5 billion users.

The company also hinted that it could make the platform more attractive to business by highlighting that traditional phone books are becoming obsolete, so the company wanted to make it easier for people and businesses to connect.

Messenger’s scannable codes, which are to be known as Messenger Codes, are Facebook’s version of the feature that photo-messaging service Snapchat uses, with them being known as Snapcodes. These work by having a code scanned by smartphone and tablet cameras. The codes connect users and enable them to start a message thread. Facebook informs users that they can find their own unique code in the ‘Settings’ tab.

To entice businesses onto the app, Messenger has introduced a links feature that will allow a user to create and send a short and possibly memorable link to another user that, once clicked, will allow a business to start a conversation within the service.

Users of this function will also be able to place their URL usernames in email signatures for colleagues and clients to get in touch with a user or business on the platform without the need to distribute a phone number. These usernames will begin with the ‘@’ symbol and can be edited to a name of choice. The username will also be visible on the user’s Messenger profile.

In the near future, the company will be releasing a set of Messenger Greetings, which will be customisable notes for businesses to use within a message thread. These greetings will allow a business to tell their customers the types of messages they can leave, in a similar fashion to welcome notes.

It was recently discovered on the main Facebook social network that ‘secret conversations’ could be had with users you are not directly connected with. It is rumoured that this feature could spill over into the Messenger app in the near future, as well as another function that will allow users to pay for goods and services, turning the social network into an online retail hub – a feature that could be very attractive to businesses considering using the app.

Posted by Alan Littler

Facebook to launch photo reader service

Posted on April 7, 2016

Social networking site Facebook is set to introduce a new system that would allow those with visual impairments to understand the contents of photographs uploaded to the site.

The company is set to release a (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler
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