Facebook News Round-up – Mobile Share Button, Lockup Expiry, News Feed Algorithms & More

There’s a few bits of Facebook news to report so far this week, so instead of giving each of them their own blog entry, we thought it would make sense to lump them all together into an easily digestible summary. So what’s been happening then? Let’s find out…

It’s All About The Money

A lot of people were predicting another slump in the value of Facebook shares after Wednesday’s lockup expiration allowed employees to sell their shares. However, many of them showed faith in the monetary potential of the company and held on, resulting in a 10% jump in Facebook’s share price that day.

Sharing Is Caring

After much eager anticipation, Facebook has finally brought the act of Sharing another person or page’s post to the mobile platform. However, only the mobile version of the website features the Share button, but expect it to hit Android and iOS soon.

Putting LinkedIn Out Of Business?

On Wednesday Facebook announced a jobs board application from the Social Jobs Partnership; the result of a collaboration between Facebook, the US Department of Labor, and a handful of employment and education authorities. This huge jobs board sees Facebook narrowing the gap between itself and LinkedIn in a key area.

Surely My Friends Post More Often?

The algorithms that filter what Facebook thinks we want to see in our News Feeds are a bit like Marmite – you either love it or hate it. Some people couldn’t be doing with an over saturated News Feed, while others take great umbrage at the fact that Facebook decides what they want to see, and seemingly throws the rest away. Earlier in the week there was brief excitement when a ‘secret’ URL was discovered that allowed users to see all friends’ updates in the News Feed. This was slightly wide of the mark, as Facebook’s News Feed Product Manager told Mashable, when he explained the thinking behind the company’s decisions to filter what its users see.

There is more Facebook news out there this week, of that we are certain, but we hope you enjoyed this brief snapshot. If there’s a story we’ve missed that you think we should be shouting from the rooftops, then please feel free to leave a comment to tell everyone about it.

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