We all have “those” Facebook friends who muck up our News Feeds with all sorts of hoopla, from political rants and game achievements to oversharing TMI (too much information). Which posts are the most annoying? Well, Facebook probably has a good idea, as the latest survey from the Facebook Feedback Panel attempts to sort out the good, the bad, and the ridiculously annoying.
Facebook is officially introducing a feature it has toyed with in simpler form in the past, as the social network announced the launch of Nearby Friends in a Newsroom post, saying that it will be available to U.S. Android and iPhone users “in the coming weeks.”
How is Facebook able to quickly process the sort of queries about users and their friends generated by features such as Graph Search, despite the fact that the relevant data may be stored on several different servers? Software Engineers Alessandro Presta and Alon Shalita offered an example of how the social network uses graph-processing system Apache Giraph to handle those tasks in a post on its engineering blog.
Facebook’s privacy settings, which change often, can be confusing and overwhelming for users, but the company is committed to changing that. The social announced to reporters Tuesday that there will be clearer calls to action so that users can better understand with whom they’re sharing content.
Why did Facebook never fully roll out the original redesign of News Feed it introduced last March, opting instead for the simpler version it began rolling out earlier this month? According to Director of Product Design Julie Zhuo, the quality of users’ screens had much to do with the design shift.
At various points over the past year, the Internet has been aflutter with the idea that Facebook is having trouble attracting younger users to its platform. However, recent statistics from PrivacyGuard, an identity-theft-protection company, show that these claims may be overstated. In fact, there appears to be a direct correlation between a person’s age and the likeliness that they’re on Facebook.
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.