Saturday Social – Facebook Messenger, Wired Guest Editor
Facebook Messenger Now Wants Access To Your Phonebook
When the Facebook Messenger app first launched, it didn’t make much of an impact. People already had their own personal favourite mobile messaging apps, like WhatsApp, WeChat or BBM. But Facebook has now made a move in the right direction by expanding the iOS app to include not just your Facebook contacts, but the people in your phonebook too. In theory, this means that anybody who uses Facebook no longer has to pay for SMS, instead relying on their data plan.
It is pretty clear that this move into more comprehensive messaging is an attempt to combat the growing monopoly of novelty messaging apps like SnapChat and Line. Now, users of Facebook Messenger can share photos, smiley faces and stickers, all on one familiar platform.
Facebook CEO Cashes In His Shares
More Facebook news! Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman has cashed in more than 900,000 shares, raking in almost $43 million USD (approximately £26.5 million GBP) in the process. Mind-blowingly, this only accounts for about 8.5% of Ebersman’s total equity in Facebook. The company’s shares have more than doubled in value since its IPO in 2012, which Ebersman played a vital role in.
The December Issue of Wired Has A Guest Editor
Don’t worry, it’s not Russell Brand, but somebody with whom techies will be very familiar – that’s right, Microsoft mogul Bill Gates can now add a “magazine editor” feather to his cap. Gates has been working on the issue since Spring; according to Editor-in-Chief Scott Dadich, “Bill read over almost everything in the issue multiple times and gave extensive notes on it.”
The December issue includes Bill Gates’s Christmas Wishlist, composed entirely of gadgets which don’t yet exist but have the potential to help people all over the world, a range of content on causes supported by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, along with an online video package featuring Bill Clinton.
Support The Relief Effort In The Philippines With “Unselfies”
Advertising executive Nicholas Bordas has found a unique way to leverage the power of the selfie into something positive; by using the largely narcissistic form of self-expression to promote support of victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Bordas, who is President of Being Worldwide and VP at TBWA / Europe, proposed the “unselfie” on Thursday, and it has taken on a life of its own. Says Bordas:
“Social networks in the Philippines have become indispensable sources of information and aid for Haiyan survivors. Photos not relevant to the current disaster are discouraged. However, people have been posting ‘unselfies’ where instead of showing their face, they show their support for the Philippines by holding up a piece of paper with the URL of the donation page to send aid.”
To create your own “unselfie”, simply take a snap of yourself, hiding your face with the URL –
SupportUnicef.org/Philippines, and post it to your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The Funniest New Vine Account To Follow
Say hello to the Awkward Puppets, the spiritual descendants of The Muppets and The Office. Co-created by Vine superstar Rudy Mancuso, the Awkward Puppets navigate life, love, and cringe-worthy situations with remarkable aplomb – and all in six second instalments!