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.
For users who have not transitioned over to the redesigned News Feed, Facebook is prompting them to add friends with whom they don’t talk much to their acquaintances lists. Users on this list are then designated as low priority and will show up less often in News Feed.
Facebook is increasingly being used as a job search tool, both for employers and applicants. But it’s much more than that. Facebook users announce employment changes, chat with friends about openings, and seek out new opportunities with close friends and acquaintances. But how do these relationships on Facebook affect not only the likelihood of finding jobs, but job-seekers’ moods during the hunt? Facebook recently partnered with a Carnegie Mellon University researcher to find out.
What makes someone share a story on Facebook? If the original post comes from a celebrity such as George Takei, maybe it was a funny post. If it comes from a close friend, maybe it’s an announcement. If it’s from a high school classmate they haven’t spoken to in years, maybe it’s something thought-provoking. Dean Eckles, a member of the data science team at Facebook, spoke at Tahoe Snowcial in Nevada about how the connection between users influences how they share on the social network.
Facebook is continuing to test ways to drive users to take advantage of the close friends list in its smart friend lists, with some users seeing a banner across the top of their homepages promoting the feature.
Facebook has begun pushing its users to take advantage of the smart friend list features it introduced last September.