Facebook Rolls Out 'Find Friends Nearby, Comment Editing, Edit History and Emoticon Menu' Features

Facebook recenlty added some new features: a emoticon menu to Chat, and the ability letting users to edit comments in status reports in addtion to yesterday, it makes Facebook more user friendly. Until now, even for smaller typos, you had to deleted the comment and repost it (Well of course, you could edit it, but […]

Facebook Edit Comments Feature

Facebook recenlty added some new features: a emoticon menu to Chat, and the ability letting users to edit comments in status reports in addtion to yesterday, it makes Facebook more user friendly. Until now, even for smaller typos, you had to deleted the comment and repost it (Well of course, you could edit it, but within a few seconds after you wrote that post).

Now, with this new feature, Facebook allows users to edit their comments at any time, even with comments that you have previously written on other user's status updates.

Facebook's support page has the simple details of just how to edit a comment you have already written.

The new feature will even show a comment's edit history.

I've not been able to see this feature yet on Facebook's mobile apps or embeddable comment website widget.

Also, Facebook has added yet another feature that allows people to find their Facebook friends, or any possible future friends, in their nearby location.

The features initially called "Friendshake," now called "Find Friends Nearby," is now available Facebook web page, through a URL that is the abbreviation of "find friends nearby" (http://fb.com/ffn).

It can also be accessed from the Facebok's iOS and Android mobile apps as well: here: menu > apps > find friends > other tools > Find Friends Nearby, which takes you to a page that looks exactly like the mobile web page.

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Before this, Facebook already had an ambient location feature, called "Check-In," which when enabled, lets users see contacts who have visited the same places they have, or who has checked-in to a Facebook event.

Facebook engineer Ryan Patterson, who helped creating this feature in a comment stated:

I built Find Friends Nearby with another engineer for a hackathon project. While it was originally called 'Friendshake', we settled on 'Find Friends Nearby' for launch (the URL was a little bit of a homage to the previous iteration).

For me, the ideal use case for this product is the one where when you're out with a group of people whom you've recently met and want to stay in contact with. Facebook search might be effective, or sharing your vanity addresses or business cards, but this tool provides a really easy way to exchange contact information with multiple people with minimal friction.

"Users have to be logged into Facebook and have to go to the Find Friends Nearby URL, and then others who are near can pick each other up. You can see both your own friends, as well as those you may not know."

As Pincombe points out, "Before, you would need to tell them your name, probably spell it for them, and then depending on how common your name is, you'd have to tell them which of the results is actually you. This makes it 2 taps if you save a bookmark."

Facebook Ads Now Live on Zynga.com

Finally, the long-awaited Facebook ad network is now functionaly, as the Facebook display ad units including Sponsored Stories are now being served on Zynga.com.

According to the Facebook Help Center, "When you connect with Facebook on Zynga.com, you'll see personalized ads and sponsored stories. The Facebook ads you see on Zynga are the same ads you see on Facebook.com."

A Facebook spokesperson said,

"People may now see ads and sponsored stories from Facebook on Zynga.com."

"We have had a close relationship with Zynga for a number of years and we think we can deliver value to Zynga and to the people playing their games by showing the same ads that they see on Facebook. We will not be showing ads on other sites at this time."

"We don't share any information about people or advertisers with Zynga and advertisers do not have any new targeting criteria."

Facebook did not clarify whether competing game-related ads would appear next to Zynga.com games.

In other words, this is not really the ad network ad industry watchers have expected Facebook to launch in conjunction with its Open Graph. Many anticipate a robust ad network that will allow advertisers to target ads across the web based on behavioral and contextual data gleaned through Facebook share buttons, and data collected through interactions on Facebook itself.

[Via: Techcrunch]