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LET’S TALK ABOUT FACEBOOK FEATURES.

NEWS FEED

The news feed is the primary system through which users are exposed to content posted on the network.

Using a secret method, Facebook selects a handful of updates to actually show users every time they visit their feed, out of an average of 1500 updates they can potentially receive.

On September 6, 2006 Facebook announced a new home page feature called News Feed. Originally, when users logged into Facebook, they were presented with a customizable version of their own profile.

The new layout, by contrast, created an alternative home page in which users saw a constantly updated list of their friends’ Facebook activity.

News Feed highlights information that includes profile changes, upcoming events, and birthdays, among other updates.

This has enabled spammers and other users to manipulate these features by creating illegitimate events or posting fake birthdays to attract attention to their profile or cause.

News Feed also shows conversations taking place between the walls of a user’s friends. An integral part of the News Feed interface is the Mini Feed, a news stream on the user’s profile page that shows updates about that user.

Unlike in the News Feed, the user can delete events from the Mini Feed after they appear so that they are no longer visible to profile visitors.

In 2011 Facebook updated the News Feed to show top stories and most recent stories in one feed, and the option to highlight stories to make them top stories, as well as to un-highlight stories.

In response to users’ criticism, Facebook later updated the News Feed to allow users to view recent stories first.
Initially, the addition of the News Feed caused some discontent among Facebook users.

Many users complained that the News Feed was too cluttered with excess information.

Others were concerned that the News Feed made it too easy for other people to track activities like changes in relationship status, events, and conversations with other users.

This tracking is often casually referred to as “Facebook-Stalking”. In response to this dissatisfaction, creator Mark Zuckerberg issued an apology for the site’s failure to include appropriate customizable privacy features.

Thereafter, users were able to control what types of information were shared automatically with friends. Currently, users may prevent friends from seeing updates about several types of especially private activities, although other events are not customizable in this way.

With the introduction of the “New Facebook” in early February 2010 came a complete redesign of the pages, several new features and changes to News Feeds.

On their personal Feeds (now integrated with Walls), users were given the option of removing updates from any application as well as choosing the size they show up on the page.

Furthermore, the community feed (containing recent actions by the user’s friends) contained options to instantly select whether to hear more or less about certain friends or applications.

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