F8 is Facebook’s annual conference, in which they talk about specific topics and the giant social media network announces and introduces its new features and updates. The “F8” name comes from Facebook’s tradition of an 8-hour event.
This year, several new updates coming to Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp.
- Facebook’s new refreshed logo: The Facebook logo will now be a circle rather than a square.
- New design: Facebook is getting a new look for the desktop website and the mobile app. The new desktop version is getting rid of blue and is becoming white, and it can also have a dark mode.
- Facebook groups: New features include the ability for members within groups to post questions and share information anonymously.
- Marketplace shipping: Facebook will become an Amazon competitor. Sellers are going to be able to ship items anywhere in the US. And buyers will be able to purchase items directly from Facebook Marketplace.
- Events: The Event page layout will be redesigned to make it easier to find an event near you. A map will be included to allow people to see where precisely the events are happening.
- Meet new friends: Matchmaking – ‘People you may know’ function has been redesigned. Facebook will introduce people with whom you share online interests with or a real-world connection. (Similar groups you’re interested in, worked at the same place, went to the same school in the past)
- Secret Crushes / Facebook Dating: You can now add up to nine Facebook friends to the list of crushes. If any of the crushes express mutual interest on their secret list, they’ll both be notified. Secret Crushes are only available in 14 countries.
- New desktop app for Messenger: The Messenger app will be much more accessible on a desktop. And it will be different than the web version.
- Lightspeed: The newest version of Messenger will be faster and will shrink from 70MB to under 30MB.
- The ability to watch Facebook videos simultaneously with other users.
- Schedule appointments: Messenger will let users message businesses in order to make, cancel, or reschedule appointments.
- Product catalogs: For businesses, the company offers product catalogs, to allow customers to view a list of products within the chat. Customers can purchase an item directly within the app. The payment feature is testing in India.
- Hiding likes: Instagram will start hiding “like” counts in Canada as a test, in order to combat the obsession with likes.
- Fundraising option: Instagram’s also adding an option for users to raise money and awareness for nonprofits they care about via donation stickers in Stories.