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Tech & Science Facebook experiments with app to document your hobbies

15:00  14 february  2020
15:00  14 february  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Facebook is experimenting with an app called Hobbi that lets users organize and save photos of their personal projects such as baking or ceramics, a sign that the company is testing features and services outside of social networking. From these photos, users can also create videos of their projects to

Facebook is experimenting with an app called Hobbi that allows users to organize and save photos of their personal projects like baking or ceramics. Facebook declined to comment on what the NPE team has learned from their experiments so far.

a close up of a sign: Facebook has released four experimental apps created by a special team at the company. Angela Lang/CNET © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Facebook has released four experimental apps created by a special team at the company. Angela Lang/CNET

Facebook is experimenting with an app called Hobbi that lets users organize and save photos of their personal projects such as baking or ceramics, a sign that the company is testing features and services outside of social networking. From these photos, users can also create videos of their projects to share with family and friends. 

The app, available for iPhone users in some countries, was created by a team within Facebook tasked with experimenting with new products and services. The company said it was forming what it calls the New Product Experimentation Team in July. The team could quickly alter apps or even shut them down if they fail to live up to expectations.

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Facebook is adding another app to its group of experimental projects from the NPE Team, an initiative it announced last year This week, the team released its fourth app experiment with the launch of Hobbi, a photo and video sharing app designed for documenting your personal projects and hobbies .

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More than seven months later, that team has launched four apps but none of them have attracted a large number of users, according to data from app analytics company Sensor Tower. Three of the apps, though, were only available in Canada, limiting their adoption. Hobbi is currently available in 84 countries, including the US, Australia and Canada, according to Sensor Tower. It was released on Wednesday and has fewer than 5,000 downloads.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Data from Sensor Tower shows that apps released from Facebook's NPE Team haven't attracted a lot of users. Screenshot by Queenie Wong/CNET © Provided by CNET Data from Sensor Tower shows that apps released from Facebook's NPE Team haven't attracted a lot of users. Screenshot by Queenie Wong/CNET

The Information, which previously reported on the release of the Hobbi app on Thursday, compared it to social bookmarking site Pinterest. There are some differences, though, between the two services. Pinterest lets you post or "pin" images including those you find on the web to a virtual board, which can be helpful when you're planning a wedding or a personal project.

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Facebook has released a new, experimental app called Hobbi. The new app allows you to document and keep tabs on the progress of their hobbies and projects. Facebook ’s year-old New Product Experimentation (NPE) team that’s tasked to come up with new, experimental ideas has released

Facebook ’s latest experiment is Hobbi, an app to document your personal projects. It's been more than 7 months since Facebook announced the New Product Experimentation Team and it's only released four apps including its latest one for documenting your hobbies .

Hobbi users create a new project and then add photos by taking them through the app or adding the images from their camera roll. That allows them to see the progress they've made on a project. Hobbi users can then create a highlight video from these images and share them on other platforms. To sign up for a Hobbi account, users are asked to enter their phone number.  

Facebook declined to comment about what the NPE team has learned so far from their experimentation. Some of the apps the team has launched have already been shuttered but appeared to appeal to teens. Facebook's NPE Team has released a live school radio app called AUX, a social networking app called Bump that lets you chat anonymously with college classmates, and a meme creator called Whale.

This isn't the first time Facebook has tried to get their employees to experiment more. The company ran a startup-like initiative called Creative Labs but the social network shuttered that informal effort in 2015 after two years. The NPE Team is a more formal effort from Facebook, but it's unclear how well it's been working. 

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