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.
Facebook has been releasing several small aesthetic changes this week to news feed, but it is also testing some changes on timeline — for the select few who have the newest version. The social network has revamped the “about,” section, giving users more options and allowing them to name shows and movies that they’d want to watch in the future.
Do you think you’ve got your Facebook page covered? Think again. There are myriad things to check and consider when you’re managing your Facebook page. Luckily, ShortStack came out with a nice infographic showing ways that page administrators can evaluate their pages.
It appears that Facebook is looking for ways to simplify the timeline design. As first noticed by social media expert Mari Smith (and ABC News), some users are seeing a sleeker-looking timeline, including a single-column design and buttons that easily connect to the about section, friends, photos, and other sections of users’ Facebook profiles.
Just last year, Facebook launched the parent/child relationship manager, giving companies and brands the opportunity to manage all of their individual locations or franchises. The addition of the parent/child relationship manager had marketers, agencies, and brand managers the world over scratching their heads — if we could connect all of our pages so intricately within a franchise, why couldn’t we do the same internationally? As of Oct. 17, brands that have global presences can officially stop scratching their heads: Facebook announced the rollout of global pages, allowing brands to seamlessly establish one centralized, global identity.