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Facebook is the biggest online social network out there, and has long had an application available for BlackBerry where users could update their status, upload pictures, browse their news feed, and send messages. Facebook for BlackBerry integrates deeply with the device’s built-in notification and contact system. Facebook in and of itself is a popular application platform that, among other things, provides APIs for developers to use Facebook as a sign-up mechanism. On BlackBerry OS, there is also a Facebook Messenger app dedicated exclusively to chat functions.
Facebook has received approval from the European Union for its $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp. The main concern over the deal in Europe was that the deal would harm communication in the telecom market. The European Commission said that the acquisition would not impede competition, according to Re/code:Continue Reading →
Facebook, in a decision that could change the course of humanity as we know it, today announced that it's going to "reduce click-baiting headlines." That is, it's going to give less relevance to post with headlines like the one we used on this post, and instead give preference to headlines that actually give facts and allow the reader to choose whether to read the story.
Imagine that.Continue Reading →
If you're looking for some BBOS love, the BlackBerry Beta Zone never fails to deliver. Facebook for BBOS v18.104.22.168 has now arrived in the BlackBerry Beta Zone and while it's really only a small change, it's still an update that will make some folks happy. According to the change log, it addresses issues with multiple photo uploads to Facebook, so if you're a Facebook user and have been having issues, give it a go.Continue Reading →
Update: It seems that Facebook is back online both in web browser and the BlackBerry app. You are free to carry on with your day.
It appears that Facebook's newest feature is "being offline". Attempts to visit the social network right now are being thwarted by a lack of stuff to load, from a "network error" alert with no new content in the iPhone and iPad apps to an apology of "Sorry, something went wrong" in browsers. Let us know, is Facebook down for you too?Continue Reading →
It has been a while since the last Facebook update for BBOS but if you're a BlackBerry Beta Zone user, the latest is now available for download. Marked as v22.214.171.124, this beta release adds one simple but long awaited feature and that is the ability to upload multiple images at the same time.
The update is live now for all eligible BlackBerry Beta Zone users so log in, get it downloaded and let us know how it's working out for you. If history is anything to go by, it should move out of the BlackBerry Beta Zone pretty quick and be available to all soon.Continue Reading →
Facebook is being investigated by UK regulators over concerns that the social network may have infringed on data protection laws in the country. This is a follow-up to findings that the social network conducted experiments on some of its user base without prior permission.Continue Reading →
If the Facebook app on BlackBerry 10 isn't up to par for you, it's time to grab the latest update. Appearing in BlackBerry World right now is v10.4.1.11 and according to the change log it might address some of the issues folks have been having with the app. Of course, it features the usual general improvements and bug fixes but it's a bit more to the mix as well.Continue Reading →
Back in April we saw Facebook for BlackBerry 10 get updated to bring the ability to sort your feed - Top Stories or Most Recent. A big feature that had been missing. BlackBerry has been busy working on the app and an update has appeared in BlackBerry Beta Zone. It brings some new features as well as improvements and bug fixes.Continue Reading →
I can't tell you how many times I get a strange or confused look whenever I mention that I'm not on Social Media. Even Kevin admitted his envy when he discovered that I'm not on Instagram, Twitter, foursquare, Facebook or anything else. In fact, he asked me to share my reasons about it on CrackBerry even though it's not news.
I initially shied away from writing such an article but I know the strength of CrackBerry is in its community, and connecting to everyone here should always remain my priority. Before I start, I'd like to also note that BlackBerry's CEO, John Chen, isn't on any social media either — so to my comfort — I'm not alone.Continue Reading →
A new Facebook for BlackBerry 10 release is rolling through BlackBerry World right now and looks to correct some of the timeline woes people have been having with the app as well, it adjusts according to some of the recent Facebook changes. The release is noted as being v10.4.0.14 and we've got the change log for you.Continue Reading →
Developer Nemory Oliver, behind the Snap2Chat app, has been working on his next app, a native Facebook messenger app. In has been available to download via the CrackBerry forums in beta form. Now, after a few versions, Messenger is now ready for primetime and is available from BlackBerry World.Continue Reading →
If you've got the BlackBerry Beta Zone app downloaded to your BlackBerry 10 device, you might want to open it up and see if you have a Facebook for BlackBerry 10 beta available to you. A new release has now appeared and while the change log for it appears to be short, summing it up to just bug fixes and improvements to the news feed, the news feed is one of the biggest issues on with the app right now. Again, this is only in the Beta Zone app so you'll have to grab it from there assuming it's available to you.Continue Reading →
Another Monday liveblog from Mobile World Congress is taking place and this time around, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to give a keynote address. Zuckerberg is always an interesting one to catch as he's generally a fairly compelling speaker, so this should be good and if nothing else, at least interesting.
We don't really expect too much, if any, Facebook news but instead look for broader topics that have to do with the Internet, social connectivity and the world in general.
We're liveblogging this one starting at 6 p.m. CET — that's noon in New York and 9 a.m. on the West Coast. Join us!Continue Reading →
The advent of social media profiles has created an interesting problem, from a philosophical perspective: what happens to your profile after you die? Originally they would just go dormant unless somebody had your password, but then Facebook updated their policy to place the profiles of our dearly departed into a "memorial" mode where visibility was restricted to only friends. But starting today, Facebook is changing that:
Up to now, when a person's account was memorialized, we restricted its visibility to friends-only. This meant that people could no longer see the account or any of its content unless they were Facebook friends with the person who passed away. Starting today, we will maintain the visibility of a person's content as-is. This will allow people to see memorialized profiles in a manner consistent with the deceased person's expectations of privacy. We are respecting the choices a person made in life while giving their extended community of family and friends ongoing visibility to the same content they could always see.
Additionally, Facebook is offering users the option to create a posthumous "Look Back" video (by 'users' we mean the live ones — they haven't figured out Facebook Afterlife… yet). Reacting to a plea from John Berlin of Missouri, the father of Jesse, who passed away in 2012, Facebook did the work to make it possible to create Look Back videos for memorialized accounts, saying that "John's request touched the hearts of everyone who heard it, including ours."
As the biggest and most interconnected social network out there, Facebook also sees the most death among its ranks. In fact, in October of last year, XKCD tackled the question of when Facebook's dead will outnumber living members, and the answer was sometime in the next 50 to 120 years. It's still an interesting philosophical debate: what happens to your digital presence after you're no longer present?Continue Reading →
The news of Facebook acquiring WhatsApp for an enormous pile of money is front and center in the mobile communication industry today, and for good reason. Having watched WhatsApp grow from nothing into a cross platform winner over the last 5 years, quickly overtaking BBM and doing a darn good job of executing on a growth plan, I'm impressed with what they've done while I've been incredibly frustrated at how long it took BlackBerry to make the cross-platform decision. And while I was shocked to see the deal's valuation, I've taken some time to think about it rationally, and it might not be that insane.Continue Reading →
Facebook fans still using a BBOS device are getting some love from the BlackBerry Beta Zone right now. A fresh release of Facebook for BlackBerry has been added to the available download list. The changes in this release are rather simple but certainly appreciated as it's a feature that has been sorely missing. So what is it? Well, it's mention tagging in status posts. The update is live now so if you have a BlackBerry Beta Zone account you can get yourself updated ASAP.Continue Reading →
We posted how quick and easy it is to tweet from BlackBerry 10.2.1 and I was pretty surprised to see in the comments how many people had benefited from our tip. The same also applies to Facebook - so once again, using your BlackBerry 10 smartphone you can quickly bang out a status update without even having to go into the Facebook application.Continue Reading →
*Update* - Crisis averted. It looks like services are back to normal now.
If you're trying to avoid work and spend your Monday morning on Facebook, you may have noticed that things seem a bit fishy. Apparently Facebook is having issues and many users can't update their status, post comments, upload photos or Like posts.
The issue seems to be global and is affecting users on the web and mobile devices. We're getting any errors trying to post status updates via BlackBerry, but the updates aren't showing up either.
Facebook is working on the issue and service should be restored soon. So don't start prepping for the apocalypse just yet.
Are you having Facebook issues? Let us know in the comments.Continue Reading →
The Facebook app has received another updated today and now resides at version 10.2.2. This one brings some great tweaks for Facebookers including updated chat features, link previews and more. It's good to see continued updates for the bigger apps like Facebook and Twitter so we'll definitely welcome this one.Continue Reading →
If you're on a BlackBerry OS device and have a BlackBerry Beta Zone account then this is for you. Facebook for BlackBerry has been updated to v4.2 and it looks like it brings a lot of improvements as well as bug fixes. I actually really liked Facebook for BlackBerry as it had the to option to choose how often the feed would be update, something you don't see in the BlackBerry 10 version.Continue Reading →
Today Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones has received an update based on plenty of user feedback and usability issues. Version 126.96.36.199 brings along various fixes and enhancements including easier access to the News Feed, a new look and feel for user profiles, as well as fixes for receiving and clearing notifications.Continue Reading →
While Facebook for BlackBerry 10 has received a few good updates as of late, we haven't seen much outside the Beta Zone for legacy devices. That all changes today as Facebook v4.1 is now available for devices running OS 5 to 7.1.
The update has in tow some long-awaited features including a refreshed profile design, photo tags and other enhancements.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry 10 users rejoice! Facebook has received another update today and this time has some great features in tow. The Facebook app on BB10 wasn't the greatest at launch, but with the last few updates it's starting to get much better.
This time around we get quicker newsfeed scrolling, a refreshed UI and best of all - Facebook Chat. The new features bring things up to speed and are a very welcome addition.Continue Reading →