Once again Facebook
When Google+ came into the market I was delighted to see that Google had done something different from what was already out there, rather than just re-creating Facebook, or Twitter, with a G+ badge. The coolest features that Google+ offered, that nobody else was doing were: Notifications that you could interact with on the
So, if I just wanted to see what my “Close Friends” were saying I could select my “friends” stream…you get the idea! The Facebook changes released over the last day appear to me to be Facebook basically reprogramming their User Interface to do all the cool stuff G+ already does. This latest Facebook update should be called the Facebook+ update in fact.
Understandable that they would want to fend off Google’s advances and do everything they can to remain in the top spot, and as much as having your idea’s ripped off sucks, for the rest of us who use Facebook these changes are actually pretty cool once you get
Facebook changes; What you need to know
For anyone who has used Google+, the new changes to Facebook won’t be that difficult to get your head around. For those of you haven’t, it would seem from the phone conversations I’ve had yesterday, it’s a little bit more confusing.
But fear not, although it looks quite different, once you get over the anxiety of very little being where you expect it you will
The 5 major Facebook Changes
1) Your news feed is no longer the news feed you know and love/hate
In the Facebook of old your news feed was basically sorted either by the updates Facebook thought you would want to see (based on who you interact with the most) or if you selected it at the top of your feed you could view the latest news updates from your friends (in other words the information was displayed chronologically).
Before Facebook decided passively based on usage patterns what was shown to us now we can mark or unmark items Top Story’s which gives the Facebook engine pointers as to what we want to see. You will
2) There are these new-fangled things called “Lists”
If you have a lot of different types of relationships on Facebook, or on any social media platform, it is extremely useful to be able to filter the information or news updates by relationship. So for example, out of the
Every business is different and how you can best group your connections is something worth thinking about but the important thing is that you can create your own custom lists and better still you can add people to multiple lists.
3) The Live Ticker
As things stand the ticker doesn’t work when you are using FB as your
“Subscriptions” is an area where a lot of confusion seems to be arising. First of
When you view your own profile underneath your picture you will find links to all of the usual suspects: Wall, Info, Photos…etc. At the bottom of this
If you would like people to be able to get your status updates without having to become your friend then the process is quite simple.
- Click on the Subscribers link
- On the top right you’ll see an “Edit Settings” button.
- A window will pop up allowing you to control the settings around subscriptions
5) Some controls have moved
When you are using Facebook as your own profile you will notice now when you view any of your
Friends is a button that will control what list that person is added to. Subscribed controls what updates you see on your feed from that person. So for
For the moment they are going to take a bit of getting used to for most but as with all the other changes FB have brought in, in a few
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