Facebook today launched a new Mentions app, designed for "actors, athletes, musicians, and other influencers," allowing them to "discover and join conversations" on Facebook.

Limited to Facebook users who are "verified public figures," Mentions aims to let celebrities interact with fans. The app displays mentions to let users know what the public is saying about them, and it has tools for sharing status updates, photos, and videos, much like the standard Facebook app. It also includes a feature that allows celebrity users to host live question and answer sessions directly from their iPhone.

Along with tools for interaction with fans, Mentions will also display trending conversations, so celebrities can share an opinion on popular news.

mentions

Facebook Mentions is currently only available to verified public figures using Pages. To gain access to Mentions, visit http://facebook.com/mentions.

Mentions is a new way for actors, athletes, musicians and other influencers to discover and join conversations on Facebook.

- See what fans are saying - Start a conversation with people and influencers who are talking about you.
- Tell your story - Share updates, photos and videos and host live Q&As directly from your phone.
- Join popular conversations
- Discover what's trending and add your voice to the story.

According to Facebook product managers (via Re/code), celebrities who have tested Mentions use Facebook twice as much as before. Actors like Tyrese Gibson have been experimenting with the app for several months, with Gibson reportedly using Mentions to share the famous video where Dr. Dre bragged about being a billionaire ahead of Apple's Beats acquisition announcement.

While Mentions will remain limited to verified public figures for the time being, Facebook says it has plans to expand access to conventional Facebook users in the future.

Mentions can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

Spectrum Abuser Avatar
129 months ago
Bring on even more celebrity worship!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CrazyForApple Avatar
129 months ago
Facebook is going to be the new Myspace very soon
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
brunosh Avatar
129 months ago
What about making a decent facebook app, is it that hard?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
madsci954 Avatar
129 months ago
Why is it whenever FB launches something, I feel a stronger desire to close and delete my account?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonnysods Avatar
129 months ago
Lets all apply to see if we are verifiable public figures.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hauntvictim Avatar
129 months ago
What about making a decent facebook app, is it that hard?

Apparently! Why do I have to see posts from 2 days ago? I hate FB app and rarely use it now.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

maxresdefault

iPhone SE 4 With Face ID Said to Be Priced Below $500

Monday May 20, 2024 3:43 am PDT by
Apple is targeting a sub-$500 starting price for its upcoming fourth-generation iPhone SE model despite a raft of rumored upgrades coming to the more affordable device. According to leaker Revegnus on X, the U.S. launch price of the fourth-generation iPhone SE will either remain at the same $429 starting price as the current model, or will see an increase of around 10%. Either way, Apple's...
iOS 17

Apple Releases iOS 17.5.1 With Fix for Reappearing Photos Bug

Monday May 20, 2024 10:11 am PDT by
Apple today released iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1, minor updates to the iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 operating system updates that came out last September. The 17.5.1 updates come a week after the launch of iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5. iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1 can be downloaded on eligible iPhones and iPads over-the-air by going to Settings > General > Software Update. According to Apple's...
iPhone 16 Pro Max Generic Feature 2

5 Biggest Changes Rumored for iPhone 16 Pro Max

Tuesday May 21, 2024 7:29 am PDT by
Given Apple's rumored plan to add an all-new high-end tier to its iPhone 17 series in 2025, this could be the year for Apple to bring its boldest "Pro Max" model to the table — the kind of iPhone 16 upgrade that stands tall above its siblings, both figuratively and literally. If you have been holding out for the iPhone 16 Pro Max, here are five of the biggest changes rumored to be coming...
microsoft surface pro qualcomm

Microsoft Says New Surface Pro is Faster Than 15" M3 MacBook Air

Monday May 20, 2024 3:19 pm PDT by
Microsoft is going all in on AI, today introducing a series of Copilot+ PCs that have AI-focused hardware. The new Surface Pro is one of the first Copilot+ PCs, equipped with Qualcomm's Arm-based Snapdragon X Elite processor. Microsoft is already pitting the Surface Pro against Apple's M3 MacBook Air, and in marketing materials, claims that the Surface Pro has superior processing power and...
iPhone 16 Camera Lozenge 2 Perspective

iPhone 16 Lineup Rumored to Come in These Two New Colors

Sunday May 19, 2024 11:08 am PDT by
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today outlined his expectations for the iPhone 16 lineup's color options, revealing that two new colors should replace two of the existing shades. Kuo outlined his expectations in a post on X (formerly Twitter) earlier today. He believes that the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will be available in black, white or silver, gray or "Natural Titanium," and rose....