Facebook makes profile videos, sharing quotes and saving articles easier

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 14, 2016 14:20 IST
Account Kit from Facebook will soon let you sign into websites and app with just a phone number and OTP. (Facebook)

Facebook’s F8 conference brought tools for website and app developers, to make them more intuitive and user-friendly.

Using the Account Kit, app-makers will be able to let you login easier, using a mobile number. No more hassle of signing up with Google, Facebook or Twitter. Your phone number will serve as your ID and the OTP (one time password) that’s sent to you phone will be the password.

While loggin into a service will get you started, Facebook isn’t done being involved just yet. Making sharing easier on its own website and others that use their plugin, Facebook will now let you share quotes form an article or web page with lesser effort. The Quote Sharing feature will work on iOS, Android and websites (mobile/desktop). Also, when you click on the share button in a mobile browser, it won’t have to open in a new tab. Instead, you will get a pop-up dialogue that lets you go back to the where you were when done with sharing.

Taking on services such as Pocket and Instapaper, Facebook extended the “save” feature to other website. “The Save button helps people save articles, products and videos from all over the web in a private list on Facebook, which they can easily access later from any device. At relevant times, we’ll also remind people about their saved things — like when a product goes on sale, or if they’ve saved an article they haven’t read yet,” wrote Facebook on a blog post.

Banking on the popularity of Profile Videos, Facebook has teamed up with MSQRD, Boomerang from Instagram, lollicam, BeautyPlus, Cinemagraph Pro from Flixel, and Vine to let users on iOS set videos as their profile picture.  

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