The way that we consume media is changing. Especially when it comes to TV. With new mediums available like Facebook Watch, is it still about content? Or is it more about the platform? Facebook Watch is their response to this change. It operates as a separate entity. It went live in September, and it hosts several themed categories like “Today’s Spotlight” and “What Friends are Watching”. We know that Facebook is going to be producing some original content, but is that enough for Watch to survive?
Watch is personalized to help you discover new shows, organized around what your friends and communities are watching. For example, you’ll find sections like “Most Talked About,” which highlights shows that spark conversation, “What’s Making People Laugh,” which includes shows where many people have used the Haha reaction, and “What Friends Are Watching,” which helps you connect with friends about shows they too are following.
Facebook is getting into the original content business. It seems like they have to in order to survive, don’t you think? They recently acquired a new project produced by Kerry Washington. Facebook will develop this new show – Five Points – which is a drama about high-school kids living on the South Side of Chicago. Washington will executive produce the show alongside Indigenous Media. The series was created by Adam Giaudrone, and the cast so far includes Hayley Kiyoko and Madison Pettis.
Netflix originally started as a way to provide movies to people. … Read the rest
Facebook just doesn’t stop. This week, they quietly launched a new desktop Mac application with built-in screen sharing and a chat function. The app is targeted at Workplace users right now as it focuses on building a suite of services in order to compete with companies like Slack. For those of you who don’t know Workplace is a Facebook platform that is used to communicate via groups. For instance – to chat with colleagues. The intent is to make it more of a work acceptable platform for actually working.
The app allows Workplace users to access Work Chat directly on their desktop and share files and their screen with another user. Which is very similar to Slack. It is a lot like the Workplace Chat website, but it’s on your desktop. No need to open a browser in order for it to work.
This also sounds a lot like Google Hangouts, doesn’t it? Well, maybe not a lot, but similar. Hangouts are web-based, but they do have an app. But with this Facebook app, you can choose what you want to share on your screen. Your entire desktop or only a specific application – such as your PowerPoint presentation. This will ensure that you won’t accidentally broadcast something private, such as a confidential email.
Some avid Messenger users have been after Facebook to make a dedicated Messenger client for Mac, and this might be the first step in that direction. The desktop app is currently being tested by Workplace users. … Read the rest
I’m going to preface this post by letting you know that I’m not a big fan of Facebook. I am, however a fan of Instagram, and the Stories feature in that app is growing on me. Slowly growing, I might add. But now, you’re going to be able to cross over between the two platforms. More specifically you will be able to post your Instagram Stories into Facebook. You may remember that Facebook Stories launched earlier in the year, and essentially they’re the same as Instagram Stories. I need to stop using the word “Stories” in this post, but I can’t.
Facebook says that they’ve allowed this cross-over because they’re always wanting to make it easier for you to share your moments with the people who matter to you. Which, I’ll buy, but I wonder how useful this is? I guess my problem with this is why have both apps then? And ultimately, won’t one app become the other? The one downside, according to Facebook, is that you can’t reverse post. Meaning, you can’t post from Facebook to Instagram. But they’re not ruling that out for the future.
All of this is interesting, don’t you think? I mean, isn’t this kind of what Snapchat is? And isn’t this what Instagram Stories has become? Instagram Stories has been criticized because it’s turning into Snapchat. Or at least that’s how it seems. And now Facebook is becoming Instagram? A daily active user count has yet to be announced for Facebook Stories, but we know that Instagram Stories is killing Snapchat in this regard. … Read the rest