You know what happens when you’re among the first to comment on a Facebook post where a friend announces a new job, an engagement, or anything else that produces a stream of “Congratulations.” Your phone ends up constantly buzzing, and the notifications area is always active. But there’s a way to comment on a post and then mute notifications.
With the redesigned News Feed, Facebook has been making little aesthetic changes in the icons native to notifications and the status update box. The icons accompanying actions such as “Update Status” and “Add Photos/Video” recently got a bit of a redesign.
Facebook loves tweaking the status update boxes on users’ News Feeds in order to get them to share more, such as asking what they’re thankful for around Thanksgiving. Now it seems like status update boxes on page administrator screens are getting that treatment, too. Sister site Inside Facebook reported Wednesday that some pages are being prompted to share links back to their homepages.
In the past few months, Facebook has been using the status update box to ask about users’ favorite Halloween candy and to inquire about their holiday plans. Now it’s taking that process to the next step, as TechCrunch reports that Facebook is testing emoticons within the status update prompt. Now when users say that they’re feeling happy or chowing down on pasta, they can have smiley faces or forks accompanying their posts, and detail more specifically what they’re doing.
Facebook has recently redesigned its link previews — and for good reason. As Mike Maghsoudi at PostRocket discovered, links are the poorest-performing type of post on Facebook, even though they’re usually utilized most often. Maghsoudi blogged about how Facebook pages can get results from links they post, introducing PostRocket’s newest feature: SmartLink.
Facebook has been toying around with the status update box quite a bit in recent months. The site changed the prompt messages for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the holidays. Now it’s simply asking, “How are you doing?”
Facebook is a hot spot for photos of Halloween costumes, but the spot above users’ news feeds is dressing up, too. An AllFacebook reader tipped us off to specialized status update prompts, with messages such as “Describe your Halloween costume,” and “What are your favorite scary movies?” in place of the generic “What’s on your mind?” question that usually greets Facebook users.
Status updates about Friday the 13th are going up roughly once every second as of this writing.
Timeline profiles now include a way to tag posts with dates in the past.