By Alfred Lua
From releasing stories across Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, and Messenger, to going all-in on live video, Facebook’s product decisions affect billions of people globally.
Imagine how it may feel like to know about Facebook’s upcoming developments and begin to plan how you can utilize them — perhaps even before many other marketers.
Your secret sauce is Facebook’s F8 conference!
Here’s everything you need to know about it, from key sessions to watch to predictions for F8 2017.
We’ll be sharing and chatting about the exciting news live on social media for both days of the conferences — Live tweeting, live video sessions, Instagram Stories, and more. We’d love for you to follow along and share your thoughts, ideas, and excitement with us!
What is F8?
While F8 is known as the “Facebook Developer Conference”, there are many insightful announcements and sessions for social media marketers. During F8, Facebook talks not only about Facebook itself, but also its family of applications and services — Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Oculus, Workplace, Audience Network, and Internet.org.
Here are some of the things you can look forward to:
- Announcements of major changes to Facebook and its family of products
- Launches and interactive demos of new features
- Sessions on best practices with Facebook experts
- Opportunities to meet one-on-one with Facebook team members
Venue: McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA
Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18 and 19, 2017
Fun fact: The name “F8” came from an important part of Facebook culture — its eight-hour hackathons.
Notable updates from Facebook since the last F8
Each year, marketers and publishers look forward to F8 to hear about the announcements and launches that would help shape their social media marketing strategy for the following year.
Last year’s F8 conference signaled the beginning of a hugely exciting 12 months for the Menlo Park-based company. At the conference itself, Facebook announced the launch of Facebook Live API, Instant Articles, and Messenger Bots. There was also a live demonstration of Social Virtual Reality, Facebook’s VR technology to help people connect and share virtually — something possibly worth keeping an eye on for social media marketers.
Since the last F8, Facebook has continued to ship a series of amazing updates to Facebook and its family of products to help marketers reach their audience and consumers discover quality content.
Here’s a list of the most exciting updates that have caught many social media marketers’ (and our) attention: