What’s New with Facebook?

Posted on: Friday, February 16, 2018

Facebook has been making major changes to their social media site. With complaints regarding the upcoming changes in algorithm favouring popular sources and articles, the social media giant has been facing quite a bit of backlash.

However, in terms of smaller scale changes, let’s take a look at what Facebook has been up to and what updates users can expect to see on their newsfeed.

1. Lists

According to TechCrunch, Facebook has begun to unveil a new feature, lists, that allows users to attach lists to their status updates. These updates can be anything from to-do lists to bucket lists. Facebook has been in the process of rebranding their social media site to enhance personalization and encourage meaningful interactions. Hence why the personalized nature of this new update is not a surprise. Lists began rolling out on February 12, 2018 and will continue to be launched in various locations.

2. Breaking News Videos

According to Business Insider, Facebook will begin to test a new section within Facebook Watch to provide users with access to breaking news stories.  It is evident that this tool could be of use as the Facebook algorithm changes. The algorithm changes mean that content will only be seen if it has meaningful interactions, such as shares and comments. Considering breaking videos often draw a lot of attention, publishers can utilize this and experience success during the newsfeed reboot.

3. Community Help Efforts

Yesterday, TechCrunch reported that Facebook will be partnering with on-demand transportation service, Lyft and other companies, including Chase and Save the Children. Facebook’s goal is to present a platform with information and services to provide safety for people in need and enable them to rebuild their community after a crisis. The platform will include information to assist people in finding various necessities, such as food, water, shelter and transportation. Kudos to Facebook for expanding their Community Help platform to help people in need.

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