14 Jan 2016
Facebook has made its Mentions app Verified Facebook accounts (those lucky ones with a blue tick mark on their profile) on the Android platform as well. The verified account holders need to be public figures and famous personalities in fields such as sports, glamour world, journalism, technology and so on to get the Mentions account activated, that’s because it’s designed to give verified users a way to easily share public status updates, photos and videos with their fans all without spamming their actual friends along the way. You can also talk with followers about different topics, get posts from people you follow. You’ll also be able to share your Facebook posts to Instagram and Twitter from the Mentions app, which is a nice touch. Mentions will only post publicly, to fans and followers, but — crucially it is also the designated app for live video streaming. (Live broadcasting was initially just for famous people, but Facebook began gradually rolling it out to all users last month.).
The app requires 87MB of space on your phone and will work with phones sporting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and later operating systems.
Last month Facebook shut down its Creative Labs division, which made apps like Slingshot, Rooms, and Riff. The company besides curtailing the two-year old initiative has also removed the three apps from Google Play and the App Store. According to Facebook, most of the features from Slingshot, Rooms, and Riff were already been integrated in Facebook app and Messenger. The Menlo Park, California-based company adds that the Slingshot and Riff app will continue to work for those who already have downloaded it. The company says that no one has been laid off after the division's shut down.