Get ready for another change to your Facebook experience
In a press conference held on Thursday, March 7, Mark Zuckerburg announced that users will soon see then end of the news feed that they have all grown to love…or hate in many instances.
This new news feed is the first major change of Facebook’s offerings since the release of the Facebook Timeline early in 2011. In a statement from CEO Mark Zuckerburg:
“The news feed is one of the most important things we’ve built,” Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during the press event. Likening news feed to “the most personalized newspaper,”
Zuckerberg added that “the stories around you deserve to be displayed with more than just text.””How we’re all sharing is changing and the news feed needs to evolve with those changes. This is the evolving face of news feed.”
So what are the new features and changes? We’ve put together the top 3 changes that will be most noticeable:
- Bigger Images
- Multiple Feeds
- Mobile Consistency
Great Big Images
A new and radical change of the News Feed will put greater emphasis on images. Pictures will now take a front seat when being displayed in the feed. The images will be displayed much larger and take up close to 50% of news feed stories and will display consistently across mobile platforms as well.
More Feeds – Less Clutter
Get ready for a streamlined new way of seeing your news feed and viewing how your friends share. There will be increased access to sorting “feeds” and how they are displayed. This allows users to subscribe to different types of feeds, including: music, photos, and games in an effort to “reduce the clutter”.
Another major update is the ability to sort the news feed content in a chronological order, rather than the previous method that Facebook sorted the information.
As we mentioned before, the new News Feed will have consistency across all platforms. This redesign has taken a great deal of its design inspiration from the mobile design with the implementation of several native mobile and tablet features.Facebook has noticed that more and more of their users are accessing Facebook from mobile devices, therefore, they wanted to make the viewing and browsing process as seamless as possible.
Users should start to see the changes in their News Feed starting today. Let us know what you like/dislike about the new look in the comments section.
Facebook fans far and wide are buzzing about the long awaited “share” button to finally make its way to mobile.
According to a statement made by Facebook,
“You can now use the Share button on News Feed stories from your phone whether you’re using the Facebook for Android app, the Facebook for iPhone and iPad app, or the Facebook mobile web site.”
This is a great step forward for many frustrated Facebook users who wanted to share items from their newsfeed while browsing Facebook on their mobile devices, which accounts for nearly 600 million monthly active ussers (MAU).
What do you think about this new development? Share with us in the comment section!
Did you know that there were specific pages on Facebook that were just about your relationships with friends? If this comes as news to you, don’t fret, most people didn’t even know this feature existed. This feature has actually been around since 2010, however, Facebook has recently given this page a few very helpful upgrades to improve functionality and overall appearance.
To see the friendship page you share with anyone else, go to their profile page. Then click the gear button on the right, next to “Message,” to reveal a menu with a list of options; Friendship page is the one you want. Once you access this information, you will be able to see every interaction between you and your friend.
This feature is being introduced by Facebook to users in their typical fashion, so if you don’t have it just yet, it should start showing up in the next few days.
What do you think about Facebook collecting this massive amount of information about you and your interactions? Are you aware that your information and personal life can be out there for the public eye? Have a look at our previous post about privacy settings to ensure that you’re sharing only to those you choose to share with.
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Much needed improvements coming to Facebook Security Systems
In a recent attempt to cut down fraudulent activity, Facebook has announced that they will increase their automated efforts to remove Likes on Pages that have been obtained by methods that violate the Facebook Terms and Conditions. Many page owners base their social media efforts and results by the number of likes they have on their brand page. This can be very deceiving, as there are many companies that have sprung up over the years selling Facebook Likes and scripted bots that will click competitor Facebook Ads Like to increase the bid spend.
In an official statement from the Facebook Blog:
On average, less than 1% of Likes on any given Page will be removed, providing they and their affiliates have been abiding by our terms. These newly improved automated efforts will remove those Likes gained by malware, compromised accounts, deceived users, or purchased bulk Likes.
With this new implementation, hopefully we will see some more accurate statistics and data coming from our Facebook Insights. Let’s all try to keep Facebook free from these types of antics so that everyone can get the best user experience possible.
Facebook pages with 5,000 likes will receive advanced post options
Page admins and owners with 5,000 likes or more will start to be able to take advantage of some advanced features within the next week. Facebook has announced that they will allow targeted posts to be sent to fans based on criteria including: gender, language, relationship status, location, interested in, and education.
Targeted posts will still be visible from the page timeline, however, they will appear only to the selected groups in the news feed. This has great potential to share relevant content with target audiences and will increase the overall page interaction.
A Russian forum user claims he has hacked LinkedIn, uploading 6,458,020 encrypted passwords.
Users have shared concerns over the LinkedIn iOS app, stating that the app has violated the user privacy by sending detailed calendar entries to its servers. Representatives for LinkedIn have responded online at Twitter stating that they are looking into the issue.
Whenever using online services, we highly recommend that you change your password often and ensure that it is secure. We suggest that when choosing your password, ensure that it contains letters, numbers, and special characters.
It’s finally here! Facebook has released a new app on Monday that lets page admins manage your branded Facebook page from your mobile iPhone.
The new App, Facebook Pages Manager, lets you post, comment, and responde directly to your page. Additional features include posting updates and photos, among others. The app is free, so no need to worry, just install from the App Store and get started.
This will work wonders for many brand managers on the go who had previously been unable to act as the brand/page on the original Facebook App. This app, along with all of the other apps hosted on Facebook, will be available in the new App Center, planned by Facebook to promote both iOS and Android apps.
Just as you were getting used to the new and improved Facebook Timeline, more changes are coming. Facebook has announced that on March 30, 2012, all Facebook pages will be converted to the Timeline format.
This new timeline layout allows page admins to do away with landing pages and focus on the stylish banner image and profile pic, which should provide for some interesting branding and design ideas.
According to Gokul Rajaram, Facebook’s product director for ads, “The goal is to make Pages more engaging and more social”.
Another benefit for page administrators is the new insights integration. Facebook had already introduced the new Insights for pages, but this takes it the step further by providing detailed information right at your fingertips.
Additionally, Facebook has finally listented to many users requests and added the private message feature. Now, pages will be able to respond to private messages from their fans, in the same way as a user profile does.
Sounds great right? Well you’ve got until March 30, 2012 to get ready, but don’t wait. CKR Media Consulting can help you optimize your page to get the most out of the new Facebook layout. Contact us today for a free quote!
On Tuesday, August 23, Facebook announced that they were introducing a great deal of improvements to the privacy settings that make it easier to share posts, photos, tags and other content with exactly the people you want.
We recently wrote an article about 10 tips to Facebook privacy that highlighted the most important security and privacy settings. It seems that the staff at Facebook have taken a few tips from their more than 700 million users and made the privacy settings much more user friendly and streamlined.
Facebook has always been under fire for their hard to manage and often hidden privacy settings. According to an official statement by the Facebook regarding the recent changes:
So what do these changes mean for you and your profile settings? Most of the privacy settings are integrated and able to be modified from the profile page. Let’s have a look at some of the changes:
Profile Settings – You can edit the visibility of individual parts of your profiles from the profile editing page whereas previously this had to be done from the Privacy Settings page.
Tag Approvals – Facebook has implemented Tag Approvals. Users now must approve location or photo tags before they appear on your profile. This option can be disabled.
Photo Tag Approvals – A user can tag anybody in a photo whether they are friends or not. This makes it easier to tag people in group shots, but users must approve the tags before they appear on their profile.
Facebook Places – This has been integrated into the Publisher Box and users can now tag a location into any status update. This also applies to photos and photo albums.
GPS Restrictions – There are now no more GPS restrictions and users can tag any location in a status update or photo, making it possible to tag a location in a photo album from anywhere.
Mobile Apps – The Facebook Places icon will no longer appear in the mobile apps, and a ‘Nearby’ icon will appear instead and will display which users have tagged their location nearby.
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