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The New Facebook Game Ticker And More Room For Games


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Facebook is making some big announcements for games on the platform at the very same time Google revealed Google+ Games.

Facebook has unveiled a number of features that should make games more engaging and make it easier for developers to reach new users.

One big new feature is the Game Ticker a feed that shows up when you play a game in the right sidebar with notifications and updates from games your friends are playing.

Facebook's Jared Morgenstern wrote : "The best way to find new games is through friends and now you'll have more opportunities to see what they're playing" .

He explained how users can customize the Game Ticker feed : "You can now control who can see these stories for each individual app in your Settings. If you want friends to see you're playing one game but not another you can change that" .

he said : "You're also able to limit visibility directly from the ticker by clicking 'X' on a story to remove it" .

The move should make it easier for game makers to acquire new users, something that's been harder to do ever since Facebook moved to block apps from posting on people's walls and the likes.

It's not the only such change, Facebook is also loosening up a bit on apps and games posting in users' streams it says that it is rolling out an algorithm which will rank this type of posts and will surface the ones that get good engagement and will bury the ones a lot of users mark as spam.

Facebook is also debuting a couple of features that game developers are going to like and that will benefit users in the end. Developers can maximize the screen size their apps and games can take up and even go full screen for a fully immersive experience.

6 comments:

How can I install this "Game Ticker app"? Or is it something that Facebook will automaticaly do for everyone soon?

See this page

https://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=10150251242342131

how can I remove the game ticker app

http://www.facebook.com/help/community/question/?id=1413826

http://www.facebook.com/help/community/question/?id=1421045

Hi, I was just wondering... for the game ticker on the right top side of screen, do you know how to get the information BACK on there to show you're playing a game? I didn't like it showing that I was online playing before, but now I don't mind... I had scrolled over it and clicked the "x" for each time I was playing a game so now it doesn't show when I'm online playing ANY games at all!! how do I get the ticker to show my info now??

I went to my settings page, but I can't figure out how to make the ticker show my game status' again... I have all my games set to friends can see them, but it's now showing on the ticker when I play.

Thanks!

http://www.facebook.com/help/community/?id=964
http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=10150251242342131

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