Before Facebook unleashed its redesigned News Feed earlier this month, the social network asked users what they wanted. The answer was fairly general: less clutter. Facebook continued to ask users about this, and they specified that they wanted to see fewer posts from pages, fewer posts about things their friends are listening to, and posts their friends have liked or commented on. However, when given the chance to choose stories that they wanted to see, the results greatly differed from their initial preferences.
The relationship between Facebook and Google continues to improve, as the two Web titans recently collaborated to solve an issue with Google’s Android Gingerbread operating system that was preventing the social network from updating its applications for the platform.
Developers like speed, and Facebook obliged by revamping its like box, saying in a note on the Facebook Engineering page that the plugin is now two to four times faster after being rebuilt from the ground up.
Earlier this week, Facebook released an update for its iOS application, integrating popular features from the stand-alone Camera and Messenger apps. On Friday, the site’s engineering team shared how they use these apps to see what shutterbugs and messaging mavens like best before they tweak the main app.
The plugin for WordPress launched by Facebook in June has been downloaded more than 180,000 times, and Engineer, Developer Relations Matt Kelly, who worked on the project, shared his experience in a note on the Facebook Engineering page.