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.
| 337 CommentsFacebook to acquire WhatsApp for $16 billion
If you're a WhatsApp user, you may be interested in knowing that Facebook has now entered into agreements to purchase WhatsApp for a reported $16 billion. According to documents filed with SEC, the financial details will break down like this, $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth...
Oct 06, 2014
Facebook completes $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp
Facebook has completed its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. The deal was swiftly finalized following the approval by the European Union on Friday. WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum will sit on the Facebook Board of Directors.
Oct 03, 2014
Facebook's $19 billion deal to buy WhatsApp is approved by the EU
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:
Aug 25, 2014
What Facebook is about to do to your News Feed will SHOCK you!
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.
Aug 13, 2014
Facebook for BBOS v220.127.116.11 now available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone
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.
Aug 01, 2014
Yes, Facebook was down, you're not alone
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?
Jul 05, 2014
Facebook for BBOS v22.214.171.124 now available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone
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 v126.96.36.199, this beta release adds one simple but long awaited feature and that is the ability to upload multiple images at the same time.
Ability to upload multiple photos via the photo publisher on Newsfeed, up to 10 photos at a 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.
Jul 02, 2014
Facebook draws ire of UK regulators over secret news feed study
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.
Jun 30, 2014
Facebook tries to explain motives for secret user experiments
One of Facebook's team members that helped to run secret psychological experiments on some of its users has now written a note explaining the motivations behind their efforts, adding an apology for how its scientific paper on the research describe their efforts.
Jun 28, 2014
Facebook ran secret psychological experiments on users
A report from a team at Facebook that was first published in a scientific journal earlier this month reveals that the social network ran secret psychological experiments on 600,000 users without their awareness.
May 28, 2014
Facebook v10.4.1.11 now available - Brings fixes for comments, events and launch times
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.
May 14, 2014
Facebook for BlackBerry 10 beta update available - Adds ability to edit comments, posts and more
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.
Apr 18, 2014
How BlackBerry got me off of social media
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.
Apr 16, 2014
Facebook for BlackBerry 10 updated to v10.4.0.14
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.
Apr 11, 2014
Third party Facebook chat app Messenger now available from BlackBerry World
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.
Apr 10, 2014
Facebook for BlackBerry 10 v10.4.0.14 lands in the Beta Zone
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.
Feb 24, 2014
Live from Mobile World Congress with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg! [Noon EST Feb. 24]
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!
Feb 21, 2014
Facebook will no longer change your privacy settings after you die, but will make you a Look Back video
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?
Feb 18, 2014
Facebook 188.8.131.52 for BBOS devices now available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone
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.
Feb 12, 2014
How to quickly update your Facebook status on BlackBerry OS 10.2.1
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.
Oct 21, 2013
Yes, Facebook is having issues - No, the world is not ending
*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.
Oct 17, 2013
Facebook 10.2.2 now available for BlackBerry 10 devices
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.
Oct 07, 2013
Facebook for BlackBerry OS updated in BlackBerry Beta Zone
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.
Sep 17, 2013
Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones updated to version 184.108.40.206
Today Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones has received an update based on plenty of user feedback and usability issues. Version 220.127.116.11 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.
Aug 28, 2013
Quick Post - Type once, post everywhere app now available on BlackBerry 10
So you have a Twitter account, a Facebook account, a LinkedIn account, you run BlackBerry Messenger and make use of BBM Channels and you're looking for a way to update them all in an easy way? No worries, a new app that's just arrived in BlackBerry World might just be the tool you need to get this accomplished. The app is called Quick Post and it allows you to type once and post across multiple accounts quickly and easily.
Type once and share across multiple social networks.
Runs smooth as silk, thanks to being built in 100% native Cascades.
Gorgeous dark theme.
Dedicated # and @ convenience keys.
Character counter for Twitter.
Easy access to your device's account settings.
Support for native keyboard features, like word substitution, spell check, voice dictation, emoticons and more!
Quick Post is reasonably priced coming in at only $0.99 and set-up for it is pretty minimal given the fact that it makes use of the accounts already set up on your device. Just download, open the app and let it run through the process and you'll be good to go. Supported services include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, BlackBerry Messenger including BBM Channels and there is more planned for future releases. Check out the video above for a further look into the app, you can jump below to check out some screenshots of the app in action or hit the link to get it downloaded and start using it.
Aug 20, 2013
Facebook v4.1 now available for BlackBerry Smartphones
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.
Aug 06, 2013
Facebook v10.2.1 Now Available for BlackBerry 10 Smartphones
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.
Both Twitter and Facebook received yet another update today for BlackBerry 10 devices. Both apps were off to an okay start and thankfully are being updated quite often to get them more up to par with other platforms. While they still don't pack all the features of their iOS or Android counterparts, they are definitely getting better and adding new features so that's a good sign.
Posted by James Richardson on 28 Mar 2013 1:50 pm EDT
Just a quickie for those of you that like to grab the latest app versions from the BlackBerry Beta Zone. Facebook version 18.104.22.168 is now available and with it brings a fine selection of new improvements:
Photo tags: ability to add tags to photos with existing tags/photos with no tags
Photo: pinch-to-zoom ability
Photo: overlay improvements for full screen photo browsing, including...
If you're like pretty much everyone else is the world, you likely have a Facebook account. If you're like me though, you probably don't really use it. For me I keep it around to talk to a small amount of family members and very little else. I have very few contacts on there and I'm not really looking to add any more. For that reason alone, I don't really need those contacts on my phone even...
Posted by James Richardson on 25 Feb 2013 3:34 am EST
All eyes in India may well be on today's BlackBerry Z10 launch which is taking place in just a few hours, but BlackBerry are also getting loved up about BBM. Over on their Facebook page, BlackBerry are offering the good people of India the chance to win dinner for two and in addition, the romantic liaison will be filmed and premiered exclusively on the Facebook page.
The contest will run...
A new version of Facebook for BlackBerry is now available for download in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. The update brings along pull to refresh, photo redesign and a slew of bug fixes and tweaks. It looks to be a good update overall, so if you're a Beta Zone member you should be able to grab it right now. Don't get too attached though since BlackBerry 10 will have a whole new Facebook to play with...
Just in case you're not up on all things iOS and Facebook, Facebook recently updated their Facebook Messenger for iPhone app. The update -- in the U.S. and Canada -- now allows you to place Skype-like audio calls over Wi-Fi to any of your friends who also happen to be in the U.S. or Canada. According to a report coming from the BBC, the functionality will also be expanded to include the...
With the launch of BlackBerry 10 as well as the CrackBerry.com site redesign right around the corner, you’ll want to make sure you’re following the whole CrackBerry team. Whether it be on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, or Facebook, there is always one of us around to help you get the most out of your BlackBerry smartphone or tablet. Of course, you’ll always want to check out the CrackBerry...
Are you as excited about BlackBerry 10 as we are? If not, you darn well should be. We're only 19 days away from the global unveiling on January 30th and couldn't be more excited. It seems like we've been waiting forever but launch day is only a few weeks off.
If you're looking for a great way to show your support for BlackBerry 10, check out this awesome Facebook cover photo by forums member...
With an L-Series device in the hands of the folks over at Tinhte there has been plenty of hands-on time with BlackBerry 10 spread around. It's safe to say that what we're seeing is certainly not the shipping version of BlackBerry 10 but at the same time the most crucial parts are there and offer a good look at OS overall.
While we've seen the hardware images along with the hands-on video ...
If there was any doubt if social media was important to RIM, we can clear that up right now. In the latest S&P/TSX 60 Index for Canada, RIM crushed it by taking top honors overall for the most active in social media for October. The index ranked the top companies in Canada on their use of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube and RIM pulled in a combined score of 98.7 out of a possible 100. Pretty...
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