Three Things We Learned From Facebook’s Developer Conference

Facebook’s annual F8 conference is underway and there have been lots of announcements during Mark Zuckerberg’s opening keynote. While the social media giant has been pummelled over recent weeks following revelations of massive abuses of their platform and poor oversight of how personal data is handled within the platform they are pushing on with a number of new initiatives, including one that will potentially raise the hackles of privacy watchdogs.

Facebook in playing the dating game

With all that personal data and relationship information, it’s been expected for a long time that Facebook would be launching their own match-making or dating service.

During the keynote, Zuckerberg said “There are 200 million people on Facebook who list themselves as single, so clearly there’s something to do here. Today, we are announcing a new set of features coming soon, around dating.”

By pulling together information such as your location, checking in at events and common interests, Facebook will match you up with other folks.

Dating profiles will be private, so your friends won’t see them, and based on what I’ve been able to glean they won’t be enabled by default.

Messenger to get a facelift

Messenger is one of those apps that started as a simple tool but has progressively had features added to the point where it’s pretty messy these days.

Facebook has acknowledged that and said a redesigned app will be released in the coming weeks that simplifies the user interface, adds a dark mode that takes advantage of newer OLED displays on smartphones and cleans up the app’s navigation options.

Workplace gets integration with collaboration apps

Workplace is Facebook’s enterprise collaboration and communications tool. The company announced more than 50 new integrations with partners such as AdobeSign, Kronos, Smartsheet, Workday, Jira, Cornerstone OnDemand, Medallia and SharePoint

Simon Cross, the product manager for Workplace said. “Rather than going to a one-stop shop, many customers are going to the market and picking and choosing the tools that meet their business needs. That’s our vision, too — that’s how things work at Facebook internally.”

If you want to watch any of the conference videos, you can do that form the F8 Conference website.

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