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Facebook Testing New News Feed Features

It’s no secret that Facebook are always working on new ways to curate content on our news feeds. I’ve been with Facebook since it first went public and it’s a shadow of what it used to be, in fact, it’s a heck of a lot better than it used to be, so I’m actually rather excited to see how these new features pan out.

The first new feature will be ‘Instant Articles’, a new way to bring content to the social media platform, without having to leave the site. Pages such as New York Times, Buzzfeed and National Geographic will have a full news article with content and videos, much like you see on eTeknix, but all viewable from the Facebook side of things. I’m not sure how I feel about this, but no one is forcing me to follow any particular page either, so that’s easy to curate to my liking.

The next new feature will be “See more of what you love” and that’s as simple as it sounds. You’ll be able to pick pages and friends that you want to see at the top of your news feed. If you’re fed up of your Aunties cat pictures always taking priority over eTeknix news, or your best friends travel pictures, you’ll be able to set them to a higher priority. Facebook actually had a similar thing which used sliders many years ago.

The new features are currently being tested by a small group of the social media site, we expect Facebook will make them available to all in the very near future.

 

Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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