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Top Takeaways from the F8 Conference

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Brianne Palensky

The annual F8 Conference was held last week and we loved tuning in to see what’s next for Facebook. In his Keynote, Mark Zuckerberg went through the 10 year plan with the connectivity of the planet and bringing people together as the main message.

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Since there were so many tools and updates that were introduced during the F8 Conference, we took the most important and summarized them for you.

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Video Profile Images. You now have the option to upload a 7 second profile video that runs on a loop using Facebook’s Profile Expression Kit. You can use Boomerang, MSQRD, BeautyPlus, Flixel Cinemagraph Pro, lollicam or Vine to create your profile video . Although this is still closed, it will be available to the public soon.

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Save web pages. This allows you to save websites and articles straight to your account so that you can view them later. Facebook announced that there will be save button support for external websites, which will link back directly to the publisher’s website.

Quote-Sharing_1Quote sharing. Instead of copying and pasting text to Facebook, you can simply highlight and share it to Facebook. Facebook will then paste the text into a new post and include a preview of the original URL.

1*B2kY5buhEw3qQSHB6a4RjAMessenger bots. These “virtual assistants” give businesses opportunities to connect with customers straight from the app. You can do a subscription automation, customized communication or even purchases with these bots. Facebook will be adding more bots soon, so stay up to date with this list.

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Account kit. Keep forgetting your password? Don’t worry, Facebook has a solution. The Account Kit simplifies account registration and the login process. You can either use your phone number or email, no passwords are necessary. You’ll be sent a code to type in and it’s as simple as that!

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Facebook Live. You can now do this in groups or events that you couldn’t attend in person. You will be able to use Facebook’s reactions, 5 different color filters and doodling. The Live Map shows current broadcasts around the world.

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