Facebook Hosts Seventh F8 in San Francisco

F8 2016 kicked off today, with a packed house of more than 2,600 people and hundreds of thousands of people watching via Facebook Live.

Mark Zuckerberg kicked the conference off with a keynote detailing Facebook’s 10-year technology roadmap, and the ways those technologies will help bring people together and give everyone a voice.

Live video launched for public

We’re excited to introduce a new way for you to connect and interact with your favorite public figures on Facebook — through live video.

Starting today, public figures can share live video from Facebook Mentions, the app that makes it easy for athletes, musicians, politicians and other influencers to talk with their fans and each other. You can discover these live videos from public figures you follow in your News Feed.

You can comment on, like or share the video while watching a live broadcast. You can also see when your friends or other public figures start watching.

Live is an immersive and authentic way to connect with the public figures you care about, in real-time. If you don’t catch the live broadcast, you can also watch the video later on the public figure’s Page.

40 million active small business Pages

There are now more than 40 million active small business Pages on Facebook. As that community continues to grow, we’re committed to helping each business achieve its goals.
That’s why earlier this year we launched Ads Manager app and built creative and educational resources for small business marketers. Now we’re announcing two new ways for Facebook marketers to connect with us: our 2015 Boost Your Business program and online chat support.

Messenger Platform launched at F8

Today at F8, Messenger introduced a platform for developers to easily create apps that integrate with Messenger. Messenger Platform brings even more ways for the 600 million people who use Messenger every month to express themselves. With more than 40 new apps, people can enhance their conversations with GIFs, photos, videos, audio clips and more.

The composer is expanding so people can discover creative new apps to enhance their Messenger experience.

Discover apps without leaving Messenger by tapping install when a friend sends a message from a Messenger Platform app.

Facebook announces acquisition of WhatsApp

Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire WhatsApp, a rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company, for a total of approximately $16 billion, including $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares. The agreement also provides for an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees that will vest over four years subsequent to closing.

More than 100 million people use Instagram every month

Instagram’s first office had few redeeming qualities—and insulation was not one of them. There were only two of us, so we rented desks in a co-working space on a pier over San Francisco Bay. At night, it was common to find us working in winter jackets huddled over our laptops where the air was so cold we could see our breath. It was October 2010 when we launched Instagram, and San Francisco had dealt us a particularly unforgiving and chilly fall.

One night soon after launch, about a half-mile away, the Giants’ stadium was full of fans cheering on their team in a race for the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies. You see, having so little insulation in the office had an unintended consequence of being able to hear the crowd roar every time someone hit a long ball out towards McCovey Cove. Back in the office, we’d lift our heads up from code with every eruption of the fans, wondering who was at bat, what had happened, and whether the ball had made it or not. We never knew, but that wasn’t the point.

Facebook announces acquisition of Instagram

Facebook announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire Instagram, a fun, popular photo-sharing app for mobile devices.

The total consideration for San Francisco-based Instagram is approximately $1 billion in a combination of cash and shares of Facebook. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close later this quarter.

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, posted about the transaction on his Timeline:

Timeline is introduced at f8,

With timeline, now you have a home for all the great stories you’ve already shared. They don’t just vanish as you add new stuff.

Timeline is wider than your old profile, and it’s a lot more visual. The first thing you’ll notice is the giant photo right at the top. This is your cover, and it’s completely up to you which of your photos you put here.

As you scroll down past your cover, you’ll see your posts, photos and life events as they happened in time. You choose what’s featured on your timeline. You can star your favorites to double their size or hide things altogether.

New Groups are introduced.

Facebook has always been a great place to share information with your friends and keep up with what they’re doing. What hasn’t been as easy is sharing information with small groups of people.

My wife and I take tons of pictures of our kids, and we frequently want to share them with just our immediate family. We could post these pictures to our profiles and hope our families see it. Or we could send individual messages to each of them. But there should be a simpler way to communicate with the whole family.

Today, we’re launching a new version of Groups that does just that. With new Groups, we made it easy for you to build a space for important groups of people in your life—your family, your soccer team, your book club. All you have to do to get started is to create a group, add friends and start sharing.

Introduction of like button

There’s a lot of content my friends have shared on Facebook that’s pretty awesome. For instance, in the last few days I’ve seen photos from a friend’s wedding, an article about U.S. President Obama’s ongoing transition and status updates from a friend traveling in India.

We’ve just introduced an easy way to tell friends that you like what they’re sharing on Facebook with one easy click. Wherever you can add a comment on your friends’ content, you’ll also have the option to click “Like” to tell your friends exactly that: “I like this.”

Recently, I had a friend write a note about running her first marathon and another friend upload pictures of his new baby. In both cases, they ended up with over 30 comments, all saying: “Awesome!” “Congrats!” The aggregation of the sentiment “I like this” makes room in the comments section for longer accolades.

This is similar to how you might rate a restaurant on a reviews site. If you go to the restaurant and have a great time, you may want to rate it 5 stars. But if you had a particularly delicious dish there and want to rave about it, you can write a review detailing what you liked about the restaurant. We think of the new “Like” feature to be the stars, and the comments to be the review.