Highlights from Facebook's 2018 F8 Developer Conference
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The issues which were discussed at the 2018 Facebook F8 developers conference were mainly around Oculus Go VR, Clear History, better Instagram and Whatsapp features and new ways to date on Facebook. Although the conference was primarily dedicated to developers, the keynote gives us an idea of what to expect from Facebook, and its subsidiaries, in the future.
Here are the highlights form the Facebook F8 conference:
The first big new tool, not unexpectedly, was the one named Clear History. This option will allow to see information gathered from Facebook’s analytics tools--Facebook integration onto other sites, as well as apps and websites using Facebook's ads. Zuckerberg said that you can turn off that tracking forever once you clear it.
Watch Party is an option that allows watching videos in small groups and chat with your friends. The aim is to encourage meaningful discussion and participation and is expected to get more popular with more content partnerships.
As Zuckerberg announced, Groups will become a larger part of the Facebook experience. There will be available a "join group" button that creators can use in order to build on the community, allowing members to become Facebook friends with many brands. Groups will also have access to the Watch Party which will enable watching video with other group members.
Looking up to Tinder, Facebook will introduce a Dating option which aim will be to build "long-term relationships." Users will only get suggested people who aren't on friends list, and who have opted into the Dating section.
None of the private info will be shown in Newsfeed, except for the person's first name, in order to assure that your friends will not be able to access your dating profile. You can look for people who share similar or specific interests in groups and events. Once you reach out to someone, you only have a text-only message service for communication.
It has been rumored for a long time that there will be an option allowing video chat one-on-one or in groups with people directly within Instagram. Hopefully, it is about to happened. Other thing is AR camera effects, which means stories will gain popularity and insanity even more, access to the Camera Effects platform, means that creators will make their own effects.
WhatsApp will also allow talking to multiple people instead of just one. Other extraordinary feature are stickers. They will allow adding a little whimsy to the conversations with loved ones and friends. As Popular Science reports, in addition to WhatsApp’s suite of stickers, developers will also be able to create third-party sticker packs for the platform.
It seems clear that Facebook is trying to make WhatsApp more about interpersonal communication, while Messenger more about selling and marketing stuff. So Whatsapp is getting its stickers, while Messanger the AR camera effects. Brands will now benefit from this by making "experiences" that allow customers to try on, learn, and customize products.
In addition to the "check in" features, Facebook allows people who are in the area of a natural catastrophe to share updates about things like conditions or traffic. That way Facebook will prioritize information that's coming from people in the affected areas.
Source: Popular Science