Will Facebook Ever Stay the Same?

Have are you getting on with the new improved “Smart” Lists for Friends?

This latest enhancement can be compared to the “circles” feature that Google+ offers.

On Google+, you can add people to various “circles” based on your relationship with them.

If you are a business, you can separate people into various groups such as current clients, potential clients, or colleagues. That way, you can choose to share information with certain groups of people.

Facebook now offers a similar feature that allows you to add people to various lists.

While this feature existed before, Facebook now has several predetermined “smart lists” that were created by analyzing your profile and basing them on your work or educational history. Friends are automatically added to co-worker or family lists so that you don’t have to spend time manually adding them.

With the “real time ticker” and transformed news feed, these new features have made Facebook a lot more complicated.

Evolutionary features such as the ability to share pictures, update your status, and chat live with friends make it hard to remember what Facebook used to be like.

While many people are unhappy about the recent changes, in the end, most of the enhancements will save us a lot of time. If time equals money, then this can only be a good thing.

In just a short period of time we will all get used to the new features, and most of us will probably grow to love them.

Though, it will probably happen just in time for it all to change, once again!

Facebook’s News Subscription Feature

Following on from last week’s article the Facebook news subscription feature gives you the ability to subscribe to news and control the information you see from friends or businesses.

You can now subscribe to see all updates, most updates, or only important updates.

Facebook’s blog explains it in more depth but basically, if you select to see all updates from someone, then you will see everything that person posts. If you select most updates, then you will see roughly the same amount of posts that you are used to, but if you select to see only important updates, then Facebook will only show you important highlights once in a while.

This new subscription feature allowing you to elect to see all the posts from certain people will obviously be more beneficial for businesses and can save you a lot of time as you won’t have to remember to check out various different pages throughout the day.

All the information you want to see will be automatically siphoned through your personal news feed and the “Live News Ticker” will give you real time updates from people as it happens live on the web.

With the live news ticker, if your friend comments on someone else’s status, you get to see it right away even if you aren’t friends with the other person without having to visit either page. Another useful bonus for businesses as now all your friends get to see your recent activity regardless of whether they visit your page or not.

As always they have the option to unsubscribe, but chances are if they are friends they will want to see what you’re posting or “liking.”

See you all next week.