Two thousand sixteen. So, what’s new with you? Let’s look on Facebook and see what people are passing along to their friends and relatives. Looking on this popular social media outlet has become commonplace for over a billion people worldwide. That’s one in seven people who have a Facebook account and log on to read or pass along something to others.
Since it began in 2004, just twelve years ago, Facebook has continually evolved as a multifunctional medium where registered users create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. You can get the latest news and reports from locations around the world at almost the same moment it happens. Network news outlets monitor it just to get up-to-the-minute events. Trending is a new feature designed to point out interesting and relevant conversations in order to help you discover the best content from all across Facebook. The list located to the right of the News Feed is personalized, including topics based on things you’re interested in and what is trending across Facebook overall. https://www.facebook.com/help/1401671260054622
But what else can Mark Zuckerburg and his company do to keep people logged in? To find that answer, just look to where he’s spending money. One company Facebook purchased is Oculus, the leader in virtual reality. You don’t spend billions on something and not use it, so expect to see more video content. Already, videos are surging in popularity with Periscope and Meerkat allowing users to broadcast live from wherever they are. Facebook is preparing to release a live broadcasting tool for users and businesses. You can upload and share 360-degree videos in your News Feed. Change the angle of view in these videos either by clicking and dragging the cursor on a computer or swiping across the screen on mobile devices, or simply move the device. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1681464425405359
With personal assistants like Siri and Cortana already in play, Facebook is getting into the PA business this year with Facebook M. The difference with Facebook M and the others from Apple and Microsoft is, the Messenger-based digital system will combine the use of computer algorithms and human input to answer inquiries deemed too difficult for computers to figure out. https://www.facebook.com/Davemarcus/posts/10156070660595195
Internet.org, with its’ goal of connecting the whole world to the Internet, is a non-profit initiative led by Zuckerburg who has partnered with such tech giants as Qualcomm and Samsung. As a result, his Facebook looks to become the primary source for searches in the newly connected countries. https://info.internet.org/en/
As we move into the new year, it’s clear that Facebook will continue to play an important role in connecting our lives with others. One in seven of the world’s population would agree.
That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.
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