Facebook Changing News Feed to Target Mobile
Facebook today announced significant changes to how it will treat users' News Feed. Most importantly, the News Feed will now look and act the same across phones, tablets, and PCs. Facebook wants the News Feed to draw users in more and encourage them to interact with one another's content. All the controls will be positioned the same across platforms. Images will be given priority, according to Facebook, and they will be presented in a more colorful, easy-to-follow format. Facebook also introduced several new sub-feeds that will allow users to browse through certain types of content, including music, photos, and "Liked" pages. The new design will be rolled out slowly over the course of the next few weeks to all users on the web. Individual smartphone and tablet apps will be updated, too, to reflect the changes to the News Feed design.
Facebook Gives Everyone More Control Over News Feed
Facebook today announced new tools that allow people to fine-tune what they see in their News Feed. It has added a series of preferences that make it possible to select which friends and Pages appear at the top of the News Feed.
Facebook Video to Turn Up the Volume
Facebook is making several big changes to how it treats video on mobile devices. First, sound will fade in and fade out as users scroll past videos in their News Feed as long as the phone's volume is turned on.
Facebook Talks Up Live Audio
Facebook today launched Live Audio, a way for people to share a live audio feed with followers. Facebook imagines the tool will be used by content creators to share interviews, read books, or broadcast podcasts.
Facebook Is Doing 'This' to Its News Feed
Facebook today said it intends to reduce the prevalence of clickbait stories in the news feed. Some articles contain headlines or links that tease people into clicking on them by omitting certain details, such as "Facebook is Doing 'This' to Its News Feed." In this example, Phonescoop didn't say what Facebook is actually doing.
Facebook Releases 'Lite' App for Android Phones
Facebook today announced Facebook Lite, a version of the social network that uses less data and will work on less-robust network connections. The Facebook Lite app is just 1MB to install, and Facebook claims it loads quickly and offers core features, such as News Feed, status updates, photos, and notifications.