Facebook F8 - the things you actually need to know
The F8 conference has been talked about all week and while there were a huge amount of topics discussed, there are only a few things that you actually need to know, or will care about. So we’ve summed them up for you.
1.Facebook won’t be slowing down regardless of its recent slip ups.
Despite a candid admission of Facebook's troubles, Zuckerberg made it clear that Facebook has no intentions of slowing down. While he told Congress that Facebook has changed its cheeky internal slogan from "Move fast and break things" to "Move fast with stable infrastructure," it's clear that any attempts to mitigate these various crises won't happen at the expense of Facebook's continued expansion and growth.
A statement from Mark read, "We're investing a lot to address these issues and keep people safe ... but we also have a responsibility to move forward on everything else that our community expects from us too. The hardest decision that I made this year wasn't to invest so much in safety and security, that decision was easy. ... The hard part was figuring out a way to move forward on everything else we need to do too."
2.Facebook will let you clear your history, but it’s not as great as it sounds.
In response to newfound privacy worries, Facebook will now let you "Clear History." This feature allows you to see information that Facebook has collected about your browsing behaviour outside of Facebook by way of apps and websites that use Facebook's advertising and analytics tools.
While this is good, keep in mind that there's a mountain of information that won't be affected by this move. Facebook has a lot of data about you that it doesn't actually consider to be "your data."
Clearing your history in this way will do nothing to scrub that kind of information from the service. Neither would deleting your account. The best way to get around this if you're particularly wary of how Facebook collects your information is to use third-party tools that put a wall between you and Facebook.
3.Facebook is now a dating app...apparently.
While privacy concerns reportedly caused Facebook to postpone its plans for a standalone voice assistant, they apparently did not deter Facebook from launching an official dating service.
Ever the copycat, Facebook, clearly inspired by the likes of Tinder, is launching an online dating service inside its app. Facebook says that the service will be opt-in, allow you to create dating profiles that are not visible to your friend base and will only match you up with people who aren't already your friends.
4.One for the gamers out there, Oculus Go is now shipping!
Facebook announced Oculus Go last year and, as of today, it's available.
Go is similar to phone-based VR—like Google's Daydream or the previous Samsung Gear VR—but without the need for the phone. It is distinct from both the full, desktop version of the Oculus Rift, and the more sophisticated, upcoming wireless Project Santa Cruz that retains the functionality of its much more expensive older brother, while also going completely wireless.
Instagram updates announced at F8
More than 100 million people now follow hashtags on Instagram since last December.
The Explore page is getting a new design oriented around topic channels, which will hopefully mean we’ll see less “influencers” and more relevant user content even if they only have a small audience.
Video chat will now let you talk one-on-one or in groups with people directly within Instagram. This has been rumoured for a long time and is now a reality.
AR camera effects are coming to Instagram now too, which means the already creatively amazing stories are about to get even more insane looking.
GoPro and Spotify are now posting direct to Instagram stories which is a great integration for all you adventure travellers out there.
And finally Instagram is getting access to the Camera Effects platform, so creators can make their own effects. That’s a lot of updates in a short amount of time, but with Instagram being Zuckerberg’s only saving grace, at the moment it’s no surprise!
Messenger gets simplified
While updates after updates are happening for the rest of the Facebook family, Messenger appears to be getting the opposite treatment, and it appears the app is going back to basics by being stripped back to a simpler user friendly design.
After being inundated with add ons and extras including, games, stickers and stories, the Messenger app has started to look a little overcrowded and, well ugly. So it’s no surprise users aren’t opting to use Messenger as opposed to the likes of WhatsApp.
But it appears this hasn’t gone unnoticed and clearly Zuckerberg is hoping a swift overhaul will rectify this.
It’s a shame the same swift reaction wasn’t put into practice over the data scandal eh Mark? Well you know the saying, you win some you lose some.