Facebook is making huge changes to this feature

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook Attempts to Make Notes Less Bleak.

The company has largely ignored Notes for years; the last major update was in 2010 — but as Facebook increasingly builds out its publishing features for media outlets, it makes sense to encourage its 1.25 billion users to think of the social network as a place for their own blog posts as well.

After a five-year gap, Facebook announced that it has updated its Facebook Notes – with new features and additions that allow users to write a full-fledged blog post. The blogging alternative that Mark Zuckerberg always insisted was not for blogging is a great way to read long blog-like posts from people that you used to know.

The refreshed version of Notes now available to everyone, give users the ability to add a cover photo, captions, the ability to resize images along with new text formatting features. “We’re rolling out an update to make notes on Facebook more beautiful and customizable. Users now have access to a set of basic text formatting tools — like headers, block quotes and bulleted and numbered lists — and can add cover images to each note. However, the company never invested too much energy into the feature and it didn’t become as popular some of the Facebook’s other features like location check-ins, for example.

Rumors say that Facebook is trying not to lose any of their users to a trending blogging platform called Medium, which was founded by Ev Williams of Twitter. The updated Notes, however, makes a better use of images, and is overall better-designed thanks to font and text options — and they look eerily similar to blog publishing tool Medium. Instead of the standard wall of plaintext that longform Facebook posts have traditionally eschewed, the additional formatting makes the entries much easier to read and digest. In August, Facebook did a major overhaul of Notes, which aimed to give users another space in which to compose long-form thoughts instead of just simply posting it as a lengthy status update.

As we noted when Facebook first began experimenting with the new look, the change also makes Facebook loos a lot more like Medium, the blogging startup created by Twitter cofounder Ev Williams. However, you might also say the new Notes look a lot like Kinja since they both feature photos and text. (Stop copying us OK Facebook?!?!) While Facebook started testing the new design about a month ago, Zuckerberg’s engineering squad started rolling it out to everyone today.

There’s quite a bit of potential for the use of Notes, especially as the content people put in there could potentially be used for advertising purposes (a guess), but if it’s used by businesses, the idea of giving them not only a quick and easy online presence, monetization platform, and now a useful blogging service is significant. Naturally a look at the refreshed Notes is an obvious challenge to Medium and Tumblr and it’s interesting to see whether it will attract major adoption since Facebook has major network effect versus the others. You’ll get to keep your current user name (as long as it doesn’t contain invalid characters, in which case you’ll have to go through a few extra steps to make the transfer), and all your old comments will eventually (not immediately) migrate with you. Interested users can head over to facebook.com/notes and get access to the feature, though for now Notes functionality is limited to the web nor has the company mentioned anything as to when we can see the feature rolled out on mobiles.

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