Facebook’s f8 conference wows developers with range of new features
Facebook has used its eighth annual developer's conference to announce some of the biggest changes to the social networking site in years.
The Facebook 8 (f8) conference, which was held in San Fransisco yesterday (September 22), lists a range of new user updates, as well as partnerships with some of the world's leading news, music and corporate entities.
Facebook users can now download an app which will allow them to listen to music with Spotify, tailor the way they consume and share articles with an integrated news stream powered by Yahoo! and re-imagine their profile pages with Timeline.
The announcement of more new features follows the Subscribe button and Ticker, which were announced earlier this week.
While the new-look Facebook is a lot more visual – the size of photos on the site continues to grow, for example – it is also reshaping the way individuals engage with the web, each other and the world around them.
Take Timeline, the new profile page unveiled by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg at the f8 conference.
It continues to allow users to share significant – as well as not so important – life events with friends, however, the updated profile lets you prioritise posts in order of importance and fill in any blanks in the process to create a historical snapshot of your life to date.
Original content and news stories have also been affected by the social media company integrating services with Yahoo!.
Yahoo! users will now have the option of instantly sharing their reading history with friends on Facebook, helping you choose which stories you read based on the advice of others in your social group.
Meanwhile, the partnership with online music streaming service Spotify will see play buttons pop up in news feeds, allowing users to listen along with friends from the comfort of their desktop.