This Thursday, June the 20th, Facebook will hold a media event/product launch. Although the event itself is not so hush-hush, what may be unveiled could be a shocker – or not.
Whatever they unveil, I’m sure Zuck will do it with the usual Facebook largess, and show you how it’s going to change your life. And although Facebook has changed our lives by its mere existence and the way we communicate today, lately their new features have been largely unimpressive.
No one really knows what Facebook has in store for Thursday, but rumor has it:
- Instagram may go video. In direct response to short video platforms like Vine, Viddy, Socialcam and Cinemagram which seem to be gaining momentum, especially Vine, a 6-second Twitter product, Instagram is purportedly going to have a video ranging in the 5-10 second arena as well. A graph on TechCrunch shows that shares of Vine nearly doubled those of Instagram on Twitter over the past month, but they also report that Twitter no longer shows inline views of Instagram photos – now a Facebook product.
- A Newsreader for Facebook? After the demise of Google Reader, Facebook may be getting a news reading service of its own. siliconAngle says “Various reports over the weekend suggest that Facebook is now developing its own RSS service, presumably with half an eye on the legions of Google Reader users who’ll suddenly be left without a news feed when that service shuts its doors at the end of this month.”
- Clickable #hashtags – ABC News reported last week that “Over the next few weeks all Facebook users will be able to include a hashtagged phrase, like #royalbaby or #puppies, in their posts and then watch it become clickable. When a hashtag is included in a post, clicking on it will pop out a feed that aggregates others posts that have been tagged with the same phrase. Sort of like that “other social network you may use.” This is great for B2B, where exposure to as many audiences – even categorically – is great exposure.
Invites came via snail mail to major news outlets.
I guess we’ll have to stay tuned to find out what’s coming next. What do you think they’re going to unveil?
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