2. Facebook opens up Mentions app to verified users
Expanding the role of Mentions app, Facebook rolled out a new feature by which users who have verified accounts, including journalists, could engage with their followers and share content. Interested users have to fill out an online form before they can download and use the app.
6. ‘Dislike’ button comes to Facebook, with a catch
Since its launch, Facebook users around the world have been demanding a ‘dislike’ button. Facebook finally heard them — but a little differently. The company rolled out a series of expressive “reactions”, rather than exactly replicating the dislike button. Facebook Reactions include emotions like “Love,” “Haha,” “Yay,” “Wow,” “Sad” and “Angry.”
Further stepping on YouTube’s territory, Facebook rolled out ‘suggested videos’ feature. The company announced that it’s testing the feature that will show Facebook users related videos in a row after they’ve tapped one from their NewsFeed. In a statement, the company also said, “In addition to helping people find more videos they may be interested in, we know people sometimes want to multitask while they watch videos. To make this possible, we’re testing a way for people to watch a video in a floating screen while simultaneously multitasking on Facebook.”
8. Instant ArticlesWith this feature, Facebook wants to make reading on mobile phones faster, or as the company terms it ‘Instant.’ According to the social-networking giant, the feature will improve the load times of news stories on its mobile app by as much as 10 times. Also, Instant Articles is not just about faster load times, it also includes other features like interactive maps, image zoom, autoplay videos and audio captions.
9. Facebook Search gets ‘real-time’Facebook updated its search capabilities to let people find conversations about news shared publicly. It is now a tool to see what the internet is talking about in real time. As part of the feature, Search shows users what the world is saying about topics that matter and how their friends and family are reacting.
10. Notification tab gets more personalizedFacebook is making its notification tab more personalized for you. Until now, the alerts to Facebook users had been focused around postings by friends, birthdays and upcoming events. Facebook’s expanded alerts will now also include community news and events, storm warnings and other weather information, and suggestions for television programmes or nearby movies. These notifications can also be customized according to happenings around the community.