Facebook Changes News Feed to 'Bring People Closer Together'
Facebook has more changes in store for the News Feed in an effort to promote meaningful interactions between people. In the simplest terms, Facebook said its algorithms will prioritize posts from friends and family over public content. That means people should see more stuff from their Facebook contacts. Facebook also hopes to predict which posts will spark conversations between friends and will place those higher in the News Feed. As a result, Facebook says people will likely see fewer posts from Pages they follow, including, for example, brands, celebrities, and media companies. Page content will not be eliminated from the News Feed, but less of it will appear and/or be prioritized. Facebook noted that video, particularly live video, often generates the most conversation between users. It's possible that video may become even more prominent in users' News Feeds. These changes are being put into effect over the next few months.
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 Tweaks News Feed Yet Again, Also Adjusts Camera Behaviors
Facebook today announced several forthcoming changes to the central news feed design that should make it easier for people to tell what's going on. For example, conversation threads will more clearly show who is replying to whom.
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 Expands Live Video Streaming to More People
Facebook today said a small percentage of iPhone owners in the U.S. will be able to test streaming live video to their Facebook friends.
Facebook to Let You Snooze Annoying Friends and Pages
Facebook today rolled out a new feature for its News Feed that will allow people to temporarily silence friends, pages, and other content they don't want to see. Selecting the new Snooze tool, which appears in the drop-down menu on individual posts, lets people unfollow any person or page for 30 days.