Facebook updates a long-ignored feature

26 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. Notes originally appeared on the site as a means for users to write extended entries (not unlike Engadget’s own Public Access) though it never really caught on with the user base.

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. 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. Originally, Facebook Notes were simple white pages for writing some users occasionally used to write a long-form post about a memory, experience, or opinion, among other things, and it appeared in a special section on their profiles.

Beyond the inclusion of a cover photo, which offers a bit more personalization for notes, Facebook lets you also resize inserted photos and include a caption. 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.

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. Originally Notes were just a simple white page, with the ability to add a photo and the Note could be found in a separate section on the personal profile. 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. The whole point of Facebook Notes was to provide a way around the social network’s status-size limit — a limit so big at this point that you may not have realized there’s a limit at all.

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. The changes are relatively minor, but give Notes a distinct difference from statuses, and does so in such a way that seems like a direct challenge to long-form website Medium. 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.

To see more on the new update and samples of the new layout visit the Facebook Newsroom post or head over to Facebook.com/Notes (or search “Notes” on mobile.) If you run a blog or you’re considering running a blog, the Facebook update gives you a reason to reconsider Notes — you’ll be able to format things a little more, and present content in an overall more modern way.

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