In February, Facebook launched a new application called Facebook Developers Live (FDL). This new tool is meant to help companies or individuals that have created applications enhance the awareness of their product by using Facebook. Through FDL, application creators can gain knowledge on the best way to grow their brand, including tips on developing apps for Android, Apple iOs, and other ideas.
The format of FDL includes many videos, all of which currently come from the launch of the new program with Doug Purdy (Head of Platform Products for Facebook). These videos will be updated, however, as part of the FDL initiative is to bring in experts on certain topics and speak to app developers via streaming web casts. One way to think of FDL is to see it as a Ted.com of sorts for those looking to enhance and increase exposure for their apps.
As the number of applications offered has increased, making an application stick out has become a difficult task for developers. Part of the FDL idea is to help develops receive notice and attention via Facebook integration.
Purdy also touches on the importance of applications for mobile devices, as they allow us to share things with our friends more easily. Whether it is showing friends your latest sushi dish, or sharing your songs on Spotify, applications can be molded by developers to fit virtually any need.
By liking the FDL page, you will be given information on all kinds of tutorials to help develop applications, as well as be notified on any upcoming speakers or events that will be hosted on the page. This new Facebook application differs from the page "Facebook Developers" which shares news and information about changes and enhancements within Facebook. Rather, FDL is devoted solely to helping companies develop their applications by using Facebook tools and giving them essential advice through videos, panel discussions, and explanations.
After a shortened season due to the NHL Lockout, playoff season has arrived for hockey fans. Sixteen teams are playing for Lord Stanley's Cup. Who are the teams, players and news sources you should "like" on Facebook to say on top of the games? I have broken it down to the playoff teams, top players and news sources.
Top NHL players on Facebook (in alphabetical order) that post content worthy of keeping up with during the NHL Playoffs.
Here are eight Facebook pages worthy of your "like" to stay up-to-date on all things regarding the NHL (in no particular order).
People who consider Facebook's new Android software intrusive but want an easier way to message their pals on the network should consider downloading the standalone "Facebook Messenger" app.
Facebook Messenger is a free mobile messaging and chat app for smart phones that lets people send text messages, hold group chats, share photos or videos, and even make voice calls to their Facebook pals. The app is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry phones. It's been upgraded repeatedly over the past year and now offers free VOIP calling and free text messaging, both of which can bypass call and text limits on a cell phone plan.
Learn more about some of the features available with the "Facebook Messenger" app.
For years, rumors about a Facebook phone have been flying around the Internet. Facebook Home
is as close as we will get to a Facebook phone. The simplest way to describe Facebook Home is it is a deep Facebook integration in to an Android phone. It puts each user's Facebook news feed smack dab across their phone's home and lock screens, and gives more prominence to Facebook messages, too. The new software designed for Android mobile phones, was released to decidedly mixed reviews.
If you are a basketball fan, then you are already glued to the TV every night for the NBA Playoffs. Sixteen teams are playing for their Championship hoop dreams. Who are the teams, players and news sources you should "like" on Facebook to say on top of the games? I have broken it down to the playoff teams, top players and news sources.
Top NBA players on Facebook (in no particular order) that post content worthy of keeping up with during the NBA Playoffs.
Here are nine Facebook pages worthy of your "like" to stay up-to-date on all things regarding the NBA (in no particular order).
The golf season is in full swing (no pun intended). With so many tournaments and golfers it can be a challenge to stay on top of the latest news. Here are the Facebook pages to like to track golf news, top golf tournaments and the best golfers.
Facebook Pages for the Latest Golf News
Golf Tournaments for Every Type of Fan
Most Active Golfers on Facebook
provides the statistics you need to determine how successful your page is yet most people don't know how to interpret the information. This two-and-a-half minute video tutorial
shows how to use the Facebook Insights analytics toolkit to monitor a fan page on Facebook, including easy ways to see how many people are talking about the page and to view bar graphs of the age, gender and geographic distribution of people who have liked the page. Watch and learn more
It's March and that can only mean one thing...NCAA Men's Basketball Division I Tournament...aka March Madness. With so many teams vying for a spot in the tournament and news outlets covering them, who should you follow on Twitter to stay on top of the games? I have broken it down to the best teams, news sources and even mascots. Check out the list and be sure to "like" before filling out your bracket.
Top Teams on Facebook (in no particular order):
Top College Basketball News Sources on Facebook (in no particular order):
Top College Mascots on Facebook (in no particular order):
One fun way to build interest for your Facebook page is to run a cover photo contest. But running one involves adhering to some pretty specific rules that Facebook sets forth for contests in general and photos in particular. So I have written a step-by-step guide to setting up a cover photo contest, using a real contest as an example. The contest guide reviews a variety of third-party managers that can help with running a Facebook contest. I specifically recommend Strutta as a high-quality service.
If you want to create a Facebook app or have one that you wish more people knew about, this should be welcome news: The social network recently launched a service called Facebook Developers Live. It consists of tutorials, videos and other tools to help developers create smarter Facebook apps and build awareness for them. Facebook Developers Live hosted a live webstream chat with developers last week to kick it off. You can watch the recorded livestream, then check out About.com's overview of the new service: Facebook Launches Developers Hub.