Facebook Tries Letting You Message From Homepage Status Box To Battle Google Hangouts

Status Composer Messaging

Sources confirm Facebook will test the option to send private messages from its website’s homepage status composer to increase messaging rates. It will also help Facebook compete with Google, whose web chat presence is strong, and just combined its Gmail, Google+, and mobile chat systems into Hangouts. It’s a risky move, as users could accidentally post private messages as status updates.

Multiple sources say that starting with a small percentage of users, Facebook plans to integrate messaging into the prominent status update and photo uploading box that sits atop the homepage. Users will be able to switch between posting to the news feed and privately communicating with select friends. I’ve reached out to Facebook for an official confirmation and statement regarding the test of status composer messaging.

Currently, users have to click a relatively tiny, untitled messaging icon in the top right of the screen to start or continue a private message thread. That means users might forget or be less likely to send messages than if the feature was better highlighted.

Facebook Status Composer Messaging


The intention for status composer messaging is similar to that of the recently launched Chat Heads mobile feature, which overlays message conversation on top of all pages of the Facebook app for iOS and all apps on Android. Facebook hopes to increase the pace of conversations that generate notifications and speedy return visits from their participants on the web and mobile.

Getting people to return to its site and apps more frequently forwards Facebook’s mission and business model. Conversations create more intimate connections between friends, and the return visits for messaging can lead to browsing of the news feed where Facebook shows ads. The plan follows Facebook recently adding a “Post” button to the the persistently visible navigation bar at the top of its website. It encourages users to share more by letting them compose a post from any screen on the site.

Facebook Only Me Messaging

Status composer messaging creates a critical user experience design challenge. If it’s not clear whether users are posting to the feed or messaging privately, they might mistakenly expose a message to all of their friends when then meant it to be seen by just one person. Expect Facebook to use some kind of highly noticeable design flags to signify the difference. Facebook already adds a striped border to the status box when you set the privacy on a post to “Only Me”.

Making sure it gets this right is likely one of the reasons the feature will start as a small test. If it gets negative feedback or sees people quickly deleting posts and then resending them privately, it might scrap the the plan for status composer messaging.


Cross-platform messaging has become a hotly contested space. While independent, mobile-first messaging apps are nipping at their heels, Apple, Google, and Facebook are focusing on systems that sync web and mobile communication.

Apple’s iMessage is a popular SMS replacement for iPhone to iPhone messaging, but its desktop app has less traction. Google excels on the web, with the long-running Google Talk aka GChat in Gmail linking users as they spend hours emailing. Now it’s trying to drive Google+ adoption and mobile with the unified Hangouts messenger it unveiled at Google I/O last month. That app has the advantage of free group video chat.


Facebook launched its cross-platform messaging system in 2010, and its become quite popular. It turned its acquisition Beluga into Facebook Messenger, a mobile app that’s evolved to offer location sharing, VoIP, and recorded audio messages. It works seamlessly with Facebook’s desktop Chat system, which benefits from the large amounts of time users spend on the social network’s site. Facebook’s weakness is that it doesn’t own a mobile operating system or prevalent hardware line. That puts it in danger as Apple and Google could box it out by more deeply integrating cross-platform messaging into the default SMS apps on iOS and Android.

Facebook hopes that its device-agnostic approach, high engagement, and global ubiquity can make up for it being a layer rather than a OS / device platform on mobile. If status composer messaging succeeds and it rolls out the feature to all users, it could ensure private communication is top of mind every time someone visits its site, whether their plan was to check notifications, upload photos, or browse the feed.

It that slays SMS and assumes the throne will rule a critical part of the web.





Facebook’s board of directors and stockholders will convene on June 11, and anyone will be able to virtually sit in as Facebook today announced it will webcast its first stockholder’s meeting. The move will likely set a precedent for webcasting future Facebook stockholders meetings, similar to how Google does, but in contrast to Apple’s un-streamed assemblies.

Core to the meeting’s agenda will be the election of Facebook’s board of directors. In a letter to its shareholders, Facebook asked them to elect all existing board members, excluding Jim Breyer who announced in April that he would step down from the board after eight years of service. The members seeking election are Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Donald Graham, Marc Andreessen, Erskine Bowles, Reed Hastings, Peter  Thiel, and newest member Susan Desmond-Hellmann.

The meeting will also hear non-binding advisory votes on the compensation for Facebook executive officers and whether stockholders should vote on this compensation program every one, two or three years. Stockholders will ratify the appointment of independent registered public accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP, and take care of any other necessary business.

Held at the The Westin San Francisco Airport at 11 a.m. PST on June 11, the meeting will signify the end of Facebook’s first year as a public company. So far, $FB shares have slid from their May 18, 2012, $38 IPO price to $23.52 today, capped by a hard month of steady sinking from $28.31 since May 3, 2013. Thanks to the webcast, we’ll see if stockholders voice frustration with the price or take their disappointment out on CEO Mark Zuckerberg or the board.



Facebook Messages Went Down For 90 Minutes For Some Web And Mobile Users, Back Now



Facebook confirms that Facebook Messages experienced a limited outage today. It prevented some users from sending or receiving messages on both the web and mobile for 90 minutes, but chat is back at full-strength as of 7:30pm PST. The outage comes at an inconvenient time as Facebook is seeing increasing competition in the messaging space from Google and mobile-first startups.

Facebook says a small percentage of users were affected. We saw complaints of the outage from California, Texas and New York, and I experienced it myself.

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When some mobile users experiencing the problems tried to press the Messages icon at the top of their Facebook app, the overlaid list of message conversations that’s supposed to pop up appeared blank. On the web, others and I received the message “Down For Maintenance: Sorry, messages are temporarily unavailable. Please try again later” when trying to send a message.

Instability is a big issue for Facebook as it tries to fend off new competition from Google’s unified Hangouts chat system, which launched last month at I/O. Meanwhile, novel image-based messaging apps like Snapchat and Line threaten to pull away younger users. Reliability is critical to making users feel confident that they’ll always be able to communicate with Facebook friends at a moment’s notice. At least Facebook has come a long way from 2009, when outages were much more frequent.

It’s been a day marred by social network outages, as Twitter suffered some breakdowns earlier at June 3rd.


Google Glass Updated With HDR Photography And Voice-Powered Photo Captions



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Are you part of the lucky bunch that got offered a pair of Google Glass and had $1,500 bucks to kick down? Good news! The camera on your set just got a whole lot better.

Following up on their promise to update Google Glass every month, Google has just released a patch that brings two important photo-centric features to their robo-eyewear: HDR photography and on-the-fly photo captions.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography is something you might have seen on your smartphone’s camera, even if you didn’t know exactly what it was. Built into a fair number of today’s handsets, “HDR” mode essentially takes multiple photos in very, very rapid succession at multiple exposure levels, then automatically combines those photos to give you one with the best brightness levels.

The benefit is two-fold: If you’re shooting in a room with crummy lighting, Glass recognizes that and will try to crank up the exposure in your photo accordingly. If you’re instead shooting outdoors while staring pretty much directly at the sun (how else are you going to get that sweet, sweet lens flare?), your photos won’t be nearly as washed out.

The update also brings voice-powered photo captions — which, while not quite as exciting, is still pretty important. Previously, photos shared through Google Glass’ voice system would go up without much context; now, Google Glass gives you a chance to caption the photo before it goes live. You just tap to select the caption option, speak your caption, confirm your words, and share away.

Curious as to how well Google Glass’ HDR functionality works? Here are a few before and afters:






GOOGLE Will Soon Launch Google Web Designer, A Free HTML5 Development Tool For Creating Web Apps,


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Google will soon launch Google Web Designer, an HTML5 development tool for “creative professionals.” The service, Google says, will launch within “the coming months” and is meant to “empower creative professionals to create cutting-edge advertising as well as engaging web content like sites and applications – for free.”

The company shared this news in a sidenote in a blog post about its DoubleClick advertising platform this morning. We reached out to Google to find out more about this project and a company spokesperson told me that Web Designer will indeed be a stand-alone product that’ll be aimed at creative agencies and designers.

This description obviously doesn’t give us much to go on, but Google notes that the tool will be integrated with DoubleClick Studio and AdMob. Google is clearly going after the “native” ads market, as well (think online brand experiences and sponsored stories), so the connection between Web Designer and DoubleClick makes sense. But it sounds like this tool will be quite a bit more capable and will go quite a bit beyond ads, though Google told me that it’s focus will be on creative advertising creatives.

Google’s only service for creating websites right now is Google Sites, which allows you to easily create basic sites and wikis from pre-built templates. That product has lingered without any meaningful updates for a while now, so maybe Web Designer will be a more sophisticated replacement for Sites’ editor. UpdateJust to clarify: Web Designer is clearly not meant to be a website building service for now, but it’s easy to envision Google using at least parts of this product in some of its other apps, too.

It’ll be interesting to see how competitive Web Designer will be with tools like Squarespace,Weebly or Wix’s HTML5 website builder. When it comes to native formats for ads, the standard is now something more akin to the New York Time’s Snow Fall than just a basic site, so Google will have to step up its game if it wants to make it easy for marketers to create these kind of experiences


  1. screenr.com – record movies of your desktop and send them straight to YouTube.
  2. ctrlq.org/screenshots – for capturing screenshots of web pageson mobile and desktops.
  3. goo.gl – shorten long URLs and convert URLs into QR codes.
  4. unfurlr.com – find the original URL that’s hiding behind a short URL.
  5. qClock – find the local time of a city using a Google Map.
  6. copypastecharacter.com – copy special characters that aren’t on your keyboard.
  7. postpost.com – a better search engine for twitter.
  8. lovelycharts.com – create flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc.
  9. iconfinder.com – the best place to find icons of all sizes.
  10. office.com – download templates, clipart and images for your Office documents.

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Well at the Gmail Behind The Scenes panel at theSXSW festival in Austin, Texas, key team members of the Gmail team revealed the true secret of the service: Shit umbrellas.

Product manager Todd Jackson made the humorous revelation when explaining how the Gmail team works as a group of about 100 people, the vast majority of which are engineers. “You can either be a shit funnel or a shit umbrella,” Jackson says.

What he means by that is that as a product with hundreds of millions of users (and a company with thousands of employees) there’s a lot of stuff constantly being hurled at the team — as a shit umbrella, the product managers protect the engineers from getting distracted. It’s not enough to be a “shit funnel” where they would pass some of the junk down to engineers, they need to fully protect the engineers.

This sentiment was echoed by Edward Ho, who is known as “Mr. Buzz,” as he’s the one who built up the Google Buzz team (a sub-unit of the Gmail team). Ho noted his hatred for unnecessary meetings, and has made sure that when the Buzz team needs to have them, they are based around demos, not talking about things. “It’s all about what you’ve done,” Ho says.

Some other interesting notes about Gmail:

  • The original invites system wasn’t a marketing ploy, it was simply an engineering decision to make sure they could scale
  • There’s a 30-1 engineers to products managers ratio in the Gmail team — it’s certainly one of the biggest ratios at Google
  • The Gmail team is spread over a few offices around the world (including Zurich), it used to be more, but they consolidated to help the product.
  • There are “hundreds of million of users” — the third-largest email provider
  • In India, Gmail is the number one email provider
  • Gmail is growing fasters internationally than in the U.S.
  • Gmail is available in 53 languages
  • Internally, the Google Buzz team was known as “Team Taco Town” after an SNL skit
  • Google uses Gmail internally (obviously), switched over from Microsoft Outlook at launch (about 6 years ago)
  • Gmail is slow for some users mainly because they have a ton of emails saved. A fix for that is coming soon
  • Most of gmail is written in Java, JavaScript, C++
  • There are several hundred thousands lines of javascript in Gmail – one of the biggest in the World
    • No new feature can launch for Gmail that adds latency to the product