Facebook wants you to publish more personal information on its site. The latest feature is added to its Status Updates box, allowing you to post lists to Facebook. For the company, this update will encourage users to post more personal updates.
The social networking made a significant update to its News Feed last month. The goal was to prioritize the posts from users’ friends and family, thereby, cutting down posts from publishers and brands. Facebook wants to optimize its service to ensure that users will have a more meaningful social interaction while using the site. Unfortunately, no one knows the right way to evaluate significant social interactions.
The Facebook List Feature
The latest feature to be added to the Status Updates box lets you list almost anything. It can be your schedule for the day or your New Year’s resolutions.
To ensure that your list will stand out in the News Feed, you may add some emojis or change its background color.
Is it available to all mobile?
Unfortunately, you can only use this feature through an Android phone. However, iOS users can view their friend’s lists.
As mentioned earlier, it’s the latest attempt of the company to encourage more people to publish more personal information to the site. In this way, people will be more engaged.
In December, it added “Did You Know” to the Status Updates box. In here, you can answer some questions about yourself.
Will the list feature encourage meaningful interaction?
The rollout of this new feature may only annoy people because users will flood the News Feed with annoying updates. Who would want to see your friend’s “things needed to get done” list? Or a list of things you’ll want to do today?
Facebook didn’t state whether or not there’s a limit to the number of entries a list can have. However, the top five things will be shown first while others are hidden in the menu.
Recently, Facebook admitted that the use of social media can be bad for you. However, it explained that it’s how you use it that makes it bad or good. It believes that interacting with individuals that you care about is beneficial. However, if you merely watch others from afar, then it may make you feel worse.
Thus, it believes that, by making changes to its News Feed, it’ll allow users to see more posts from the people they know while they’ll only see fewer posts from celebrities or news organizations they follow.
All of these updates are designed to entice more people to interact with other users by posting more content and share more details about themselves. When you do so, the company will use it to sell more ads.
This week, eMarketer published a report that shows two million young individuals will no longer use Facebook this year. Instead, they’ll use Snapchat and Instagram more often. It only shows the younger individuals want something that’s beyond utility. Instead, they wish novelty and exclusivity.