The Live Blog: August 7, 2017

Since rolling out Facebook Live, we’ve seen people and publishers around the world seize the opportunity to share their experiences as they happen, especially during key cultural moments. We’ve been inspired by the creativity we’ve seen, and with this weekly series, we’ll highlight some interesting Facebook Lives from the past week.

Here are 10 standout live videos:
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Ideas from the Facebook Journalism Project Hackathons

By Piyush Mangalick, Partner Engineering 

What can you accomplish when you free yourself from day-to-day work? One of our long-standing traditions at Facebook is hackathons, where our engineers do just that — they take a break from existing projects to collaboratively explore new problems and solutions.

Over the last few months, our engineering team hosted hackathons with the news industry, in New York City, London, Hamburg and Paris, as part of the Facebook Journalism Project.

Across the four cities, over 350 attendees from product, strategy and engineering teams at news organizations came together to hack and build product solutions with developers from the local tech community and a group of Facebook engineers. The hackathons are just one of the ways we collaborate with news organizations to develop products, learn how we can be better partners, and give people the knowledge they need to be more informed readers.

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Best Practices to Improve Mobile Site Performance

By Jiayi Wen, Engineer, and Shengbo Guo, Engineer

People are spending more and more time on mobile, but when websites are not optimized for mobile and people have to wait too long for a webpage to load, they’re more likely to abandon the page all together.

Today we announced an upcoming update to News Feed to show people more stories that will load quickly on mobile and fewer stories that might take longer to load. We anticipate that most Pages won’t see any significant changes to their distribution in News Feed, but Pages whose webpages are particularly slow could see slight drops in referral traffic.

To help provide a better experience for everyone on Facebook, we’re sharing tips to help site owners make their site faster and more mobile-friendly.

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The Live Blog: August 2, 2017

Since rolling out Facebook Live, we’ve seen people and publishers around the world seize the opportunity to share their experiences as they happen, especially during key cultural moments. We’ve been inspired by the creativity we’ve seen, and with this weekly series, we’ll highlight some interesting Facebook Lives from the past week.

Here are 10 standout live videos:
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Updates on Video Re-Shares

One of the best ways for creators to reach new audiences and broaden distribution of their videos on Facebook is when people re-share their videos. To make sure we’re meeting the needs of both creators and those who re-share content, we’re redesigning insights for re-shares.

We gathered feedback from creators and re-sharers and tested new metrics. We heard that creators want more information about which Pages are re-sharing their videos. In addition, creators put a lot of work and investment into the videos they create and share on Facebook, and they would prefer if re-sharers didn’t have access to certain metrics about their videos.
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The Live Blog: July 27, 2017

Since rolling out Facebook Live, we’ve seen people and publishers around the world seize the opportunity to share their experiences as they happen, especially during key cultural moments. We’ve been inspired by the creativity we’ve seen, and with this weekly series, we’ll highlight some interesting Facebook Lives from the past week.

Here are 10 standout live videos:
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Spotlight on Local News: How Raycom is Using CrowdTangle to Ignite the Company’s Social Strategy

By Amber Burgess, News Partnerships at CrowdTangle

Raycom Media, the privately owned broadcasting company with local TV stations in 44 markets, is using CrowdTangle to expand the social media acumen of their entire organization.

By using the tool to monitor station social media performance and drive internal conversations and spread best practices, CrowdTangle is defining how Raycom’s corporate leaders direct station management on social media strategy.

“The fundamental way we talk about social media now is through CrowdTangle,” Brad Conaway, Raycom’s corporate digital content manager, says. “It’s changed how we approach the whole subject. It’s been a seismic shift as far as that’s concerned.”

Among the users of CrowdTangle at Raycom: anchors, reporters, producers, assignment managers, news directors, general managers and every member of the digital team.

“Being able to find your way around CrowdTangle is now a requirement of our digital producers and managers,” Brad says.
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Introducing the Live 360 Ready Program and new features for Live 360

By Chetan Gupta, Product Manager and Caitlin Ramrakha, Product Marketing Manager

Since rolling out Live 360 to all Pages and Profiles in March, we’ve seen incredible uses of the medium. People have shared moments like weddings and vacations with their friends, and publishers and creators have immersed audiences in unique experiences, like going behind the scenes at a sports team’s warmup or on stage with a band during a show.

Today we’re excited to announce some updates that improve and simplify the Live 360 experience for both creators and audiences.

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Facebook Journalism Project: Six Month Update

By Campbell Brown, Head of News Partnerships, and Fidji Simo, VP of Product

We launched the Facebook Journalism Project in January. Today we want to share an update about what we’ve heard from our partners and a recap of our work together over the past six months.

Our work is focused around the three pillars of the Facebook Journalism Project:

  • Collaborative development of news products
  • Training and tools for journalists
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New Instant Articles Analytics Tool

By: Mona Sarantakos, Product Manager

Today we’re beginning to roll out a tool for publishers using Instant Articles to measure how their articles perform compared to the mobile web equivalents. In the past we’ve shared this measurement across all Instant Articles publishers, and we worked closely with partners over the last few months to develop a way for publishers to see this comparison for themselves. This insight provides an important signal publishers can use to make informed business decisions about how they share content on Facebook.
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