Introducing Messenger Kids, a New App For Families to Connect

Facebook Newsroom;

Today, in the US, we’re rolling out a preview of Messenger Kids, a new app that makes it easier for kids to safely video chat and message with family and friends when they can’t be together in person. After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the US, we found that there’s a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want.

To give kids and parents a fun, safer solution, we built Messenger Kids, a standalone app that lives on kids’ tablets or smartphones but can be controlled from a parent’s Facebook account. Whether it’s using video chat to talk to grandparents, staying in touch with cousins who live far away, or sending mom a decorated photo while she’s working late to say hi, Messenger Kids opens up a new world of online communication to families. This preview is available on the App Store for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.

To know more about FB Messenger for Kids, you can visit https://messengerkids.com/.

Now You Can Order Food with Facebook

Facebook;

Today, we’re taking the time out of finding what you want to eat by officially launching the ability to order food for pick-up or delivery, directly on Facebook. People already go to Facebook to figure out what to eat by reading about nearby restaurants, and seeing what their friends say about them. So, we’re making it even easier.

Game On: Games on Messenger Go Global with New Features and Games

Facebook;

Today we’re starting to roll out Instant Games on Messenger more broadly for the 1.2 billion people who use Messenger every month. In addition, we’re also launching the new features that we exclusively previewed to developers at our annual F8 conference. These include rich gameplay features, which allow developers to create unique and sophisticated experiences and Game bots to help game makers surface exciting features like new levels and rewards. When developers start to take advantage of these new capabilities everyone wins with more dynamic and engaging gaming experiences.

You can now post job vacancies and receive applicants directly on Facebook

Facebook;

Beginning today, businesses in the US and Canada will be able to post job openings, and their future employees will be able to easily find those posts on their Page or in the new jobs bookmark. This new experience will help businesses find qualified people where they’re already spending their time—on Facebook and on mobile.

With more than 1 billion users, this feature can easily threaten LinkedIn and other job portal. Another sign that Facbeook wants to be your one-stop-shop portal.

Facebook Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

Facebook;

Here are some noteworthy stats;

Full Year 2016 Operational Highlights

  • Daily active users (DAUs) – DAUs were 1.23 billion on average for December 2016, an increase of 18% year-over-year.
  • Mobile DAUs – Mobile DAUs were 1.15 billion on average for December 2016, an increase of 23% year-over-year.
  • Monthly active users (MAUs) – MAUs were 1.86 billion as of December 31, 2016, an increase of 17% year-over-year.
  • Mobile MAUs – Mobile MAUs were 1.74 billion as of December 31, 2016, an increase of 21% year-over-year.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Other Financial Highlights

  • Mobile advertising revenue – Mobile advertising revenue represented approximately 84% of advertising revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016, up from approximately 80% of advertising revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Capital expenditures – Capital expenditures for the full year 2016 were $4.49 billion.
  • Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities – Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities were $29.45 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2016.

Bottom line, Facebook still has room to grow not that much though, and imagine if Facebook is not blocked by the Chinese Government.

Department of Agriculture to talk to Pres. Duterte to take over Project NOAH

Emmanuel Pinol Agriculture Secretary just announced on Facebook that they want to take over Project NOAH. Hopefully, Project NOAH will have a new lease under the Department of Agriculture.

I just cannot see why would the Government kill a useful tool like Project NOAH, specially with the strong Typhoons that are “visiting” the country. Unless of course they plan to replace it with a better “tool”.

Testing ways for people and businesses to engage on Messenger

Eddie Zhang – Facebook Product Manager;

This week we are launching a very small test in Australia and Thailand that gives businesses the opportunity to place ads on the Messenger home screen. This means that a business is able to place an ad in an area of Messenger below your recent conversations, similar to how we surface birthday notifications or where we let you know if a friend is currently active on Messenger. No one will see an ad in a conversation without clicking on an ad experience on the Messenger home screen or starting a conversation with a brand – these test ads won’t originate in your conversations. The test group of people in Thailand and Australia will start to see these ads in the coming weeks.

More ads!