Thursday, 11 July 2013

Facebook updates iOS app with check marks for verified brands, Instagram gets Web embeds

Facebook on Wednesday rolled out an update for iOS app, introducing blue check marks next to the names of verified celebrities, public figures and brands. Facebook also added a new feature to Instagram that allows users to embed content into their blogs, webpages and online posts.
Much like Twitter, Facebook started its verified pages and profiles for celebrities, brands, businesses, government bodies and officials back in May. The feature was first introduced on the Facebook's desktop interface. Facebook automatically authenticates and adds a small blue checkmark next to the names in search results, timeline and profile pages with large number of followers or audience.

The latest update to the Facebook app on iTunes is dubbed to be version 6.3 and includes some tweaks that are - find verified celebrities, public figures and brands by looking for a blue check mark next to their names, improved places editing to fix categories, phone numbers and other info on iPad and fix for a problem that was causing News Feed to load slowly for some people. The updated version of Facebook for iOS is about 35.6 MB and can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store.

Facebook has also introduced a new Instagram feature that enables users to embed photos and video into their Web posts. Facebook-owned Instagram announced the update through its official blog which said, "We're excited to introduce web embedding for Instagram content and bring you an easy way to add Instagram photos and videos to the stories you want to tell."

With the latest Instagram update, users will find a new share button on the right side of the photo, just below the comments button on any photo or recently introduced, video page on the desktop Web browser. "Click the button to see the embed code. Copy the block of text it gives you and paste it into your blog, website or article. When you hit publish, the photo or video will appear," notes the blog.