I Want This New Facebook Filter Feature

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Facebook is experimenting with a new way to filter the Newsfeed: by media type (like photos, links or games), page updates only or by friend list. Unearthed by Josh Constine at watchdog blog Inside Facebook, these new options look great.Constine argues the new options and their prominent placement “can make consuming the feed less exhausting, and lead to greater engagement, more Likes and Comments, and more time spent on Facebook.” I agree. These new options are a form of allowing the all-important Newsfeed to be filtered by context, lending it a greater feeling of control and cohesiveness. The current design prompts users to view updates in time-based order only, but sometimes you want to view a certain type of update or updates from certain groups of your social contacts. Screenshot below.The Facebook Newsfeed is like the RSS reader that worked – it caught on with hundreds of millions of people. Assuming that many ReadWriteWeb readers are familiar with RSS readers like Google Reader, permit me this analogy.See also: Facebook Could Become World’s Leading News Reader (Sorry Google)If Facebook before the Newsfeed was like an RSS reader that only permitted you to view updates from one subscription at a time, and Facebook after the Newsfeed was like a reader you could view the whole River of News from across all subscriptions on, then this new set of filtering options is like using an RSS reader that allows you to select from one folder or another to view updates. Additionally, it automatically creates folders for you by media type.Above: Screenshot posted by Inside Facebook.Facebook users always had the option to view updates just from one group of friends at a time, but a mere 5% of users ever created Friends Lists the company says and the interface has never emphasized this feature. It makes a big difference to group your contacts and their updates into segments like “college friends,” “people from work,” and “family,” though. This new interface will put a much greater emphasis on that type of segmentation; it will make Friends Lists easier to use and more likely to be created.Sometimes you want to see the news from the organizations whose pages you’ve Liked. Sometimes you just want family updates. Just like the newspapers of old, the Facebook Newsfeed needs easy sections, if you want them. That’s what these new options would provide.It would be all the more helpful if Facebook offered automatic recommendations for Friends Lists, something that seems more likely now that family members, for example, are automatically listed in the sidebar of the new Facebook profiles.Sometimes you want to see the news from the organizations whose pages you’ve Liked. Sometimes you just want family updates. Just like the newspapers of old, the Facebook Newsfeed needs easy sections, if you want them. That’s what these new options would provide.Hopefully this new interface will be extended to all users shortly. Facebook regularly experiments with things like this and there’s not guarantee it will ever go live site-wide. Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img

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