Facebook feeds news outlets social network chatter

Sep 09, 2013
View of the Facebook logo taken in Washington on May 10, 2012.

Facebook on Monday began feeding select news outlets real-time social network chatter about hot topics to weave into story coverage, wading deeper into Twitter territory.

A pair of software tools, Public Feed and Keyword Insights, lets Facebook's media partners tap into comments posted on the service.

"Selected news organizations can begin to integrate Facebook conversations into their broadcasts or coverage by displaying public posts of real-time activity about any given topic," Facebook's online operations vice president, Justin Osofsky, said in a blog post.

"From favorite television shows to to the latest news; the conversations are happening on Facebook."

Facebook listed its media partners as Buzzfeed, CNN, NBC's Today Show, BSkyB, Slate and Mass Relevance.

For a while now, news outlets have turned to globally popular one-to-many messaging service Twitter for real-time insights, opinions, and perspectives for stories.

Osofsky said that Facebook is "committed to building features that improve the experience of discovering and participating in conversations about things happening in the world right now, including entertainment, sports, politics and news."

Only public posts by Facebook members will be streamed to news outlets, according to the California-based social network.

The software tools also allow news outlets to report demographic breakdowns of those discussing topics online, as well as how often specific words have been mentioned.

Osofsky gave the example of NBC's Today Show being able to "include how many people on Facebook talked about a popular subject, where it's getting the most buzz, whether it's most popular among males or females, and with which ."

Explore further: Yelp to pay US fine for child privacy violation

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Facebook launches page for journalists

Apr 06, 2011

Facebook has launched a media resource page to help journalists use the social network as a reporting tool and better connect with their audience.

Twitter dials deeper into TV

Aug 28, 2013

A start-up specializing in tuning into online banter by TV viewers said Wednesday that it has been bought by Twitter.

Facebook introduces hashtags

Jun 12, 2013

Facebook is introducing hashtags, the number signs used on Twitter, Instagram and other services to identify topics being discussed and allow users to search for them.

Facebook software slip sidelines host of websites

Feb 08, 2013

A Facebook software problem on Thursday temporarily sidelined websites synched to a feature that lets people's identities at the leading social network follow them around the Internet.

Recommended for you

Yelp to pay US fine for child privacy violation

5 hours ago

Online ratings operator Yelp agreed to pay $450,000 to settle US charges that it illegally collected data on children, in violation of privacy laws, officials said Wednesday.

A Closer Look: Your (online) life after death

Sep 16, 2014

Sure, you have a lot to do today—laundry, bills, dinner—but it's never too early to start planning for your digital afterlife, the fate of your numerous online accounts once you shed this mortal coil.

Web filter lifts block on gay sites

Sep 16, 2014

A popular online safe-search filter is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites.

Protecting infrastructure with smarter CPS

Sep 16, 2014

Security of IT networks is continually being improved to protect against malicious hackers. Yet when IT networks interface with infrastructures such as water and electric systems to provide monitoring and control capabilities, ...

User comments : 0