Thursday is the first day of spring, and Facebook shared some spring-cleaning tips for users looking to tidy up their News Feeds, shine up their profiles, organize their notifications, and get their privacy settings in order.
The ink is barely dry on Facebook’s redesigned News Feed, which it is still in the process of rolling out, and there is already a browser extension that enables users to return to their old News Feed layouts.
We reported last week that Facebook added a way for users to request their friends’ real (non-Facebook.com) email addresses, and it now appears that this functionality has been extended to all information not included in friends’ about sections.
Facebook added a teaspoon of Twitter to its test kitchen late last month with its test launch of trending topics, featuring popular hashtags in real-time. Now the social network is adding a liter of LinkedIn to the mix, experimenting with the addition of a “professional skills” section of its “about” section for users.
Facebook is expanding its options on mobile with regard to letting users post about media they want to experience — but the site recently told AllFacebook that a recent discovery is a bug. Previously, a user could click on a book that a friend posted about through a sponsored story and say that they’ve read or want to read. Sister site Inside Facebook discovered that now, iOS users (we haven’t seen this for Android yet) can tap sponsored stories about a show or movie to indicate that they have watched or want to watch. Facebook said that this is a bug and that advertisers would not be charged for clicks.
That was quick: Even though only a small percentage of Facebook users has access to the social network’s redesigned Timeline, a browser extension to revert to the “old” Timeline has already been released.
Facebook’s new Timeline design isn’t even one month old, but apparently, the site is still testing new looks. Blink Vice President of Planning and Media Eti Suruzon noticed that her Timeline looked a little different, with a mix of old and new designs.
The redesign for Timeline has been tested in New Zealand and other parts of the world, but Facebook announced Wednesday that it will start officially rolling out the new look to select users immediately. Much like Facebook’s updated News Feed, the goal for Timeline is to reduce clutter and place more options in the hands of users. The new design has about content and open graph actions on the left side of the page, with posts on the right side.