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OPLIN 4cast #514: The evolution of Facebook marches on

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If you’re like many of us, you may spend time (maybe more than you’d like) on Facebook. The social network continues to integrate itself into more facets of our lives and to bring even more features and services to its users. It can be difficult to keep up with all of the changes; one thing that can be said of Facebook, for certain, is that it is always evolving. Some of the changes may have escaped your notice, and Facebook is even changing us.

  • Facebook Recommendations Is Here to Tell You What to Do IRL [Davey Alba, WIRED] “The new Events tool will suggest upcoming activities, based on what’s popular with your friends or what you’ve done before. And it lets you order food, book appointments, buy tickets, and get quotes from businesses, usually by tapping services like Eventbrite, Ticketmaster, and”
  • Facebook doubles down on its strategy for Live [Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN] “To inspire even more people to use it, the social network on Friday unleashed a marketing campaign complete with billboards and a series of TV spots. The ads include video from Facebook Live broadcasts, all taken on phones. (Facebook only recently rolled out Live for desktop.)”
  • Want to become a journalist? Facebook wants to help you [Nicole Gallucci, Mashable] “In a blog post on Tuesday morning, Aine Kerr, Manager of Journalism Partnerships for Facebook announced that the social network is launching a series of online training courses for journalists. What will the courses focus on? Well, as Facebook continues to make inroads in the media industry, the company is offering users a crash course in how to perfect their social media skills to survive online journalism in 2016. “
  • Accepting More Facebook Friend Requests Is Linked to Lower Mortality [Amina Khan, TopTechNews] “cientists who studied Facebook activity and mortality rates of registered California voters found that people who received many friend requests were far less likely to die over a two-year period than those who did not.”

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