You’ve Got a Friend in Facebook: New Updates



Facebook wants to make sure you still love them, so they’re taking it up a notch with their updates. The site is currently playing with its News Feed features. You’re going to get even more control over what you can see. These days, the social networking site wants you to have the option of seeing your closest friends’ and favorite brands’ posts first instead of just viewing them in chronological order. In other words, this is the Facebook equivalent of being thirteen and naming your contacts “A Mom” and “A Dad” so they came first in your cell phone.

A product manager at Facebook, Greg Marra, told NBC news that the site wants its users to see “the best of what’s in [their] feed[s].” We’re glad Facebook is thinking this way. The updates came out for iPhone users on Thursday, and Android users will get it in the next few weeks. Androids, always falling a little behind.

Another update is one that helps people discover new and different pages along with “re-designing” the existing feature that helps you “unfollow” a person’s posts without having to delete them from your friends entirely. Everyone knows that causes a lot of drama.

The updates come from feedback the site got in November 2014, asking for more control over their news feeds. People are getting really fed up with having to look at their great aunt’s pictures of her new puppy before reaching the good stuff, and Facebook is listening. Marra says, “This is the type of thing you’ll see us continue to focus on.” Thank goodness!

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