tech - hawg
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
  Facebook adds new features and a new look
While the asthetic changes don't seem to be anything too crazy, what I dig is the implementation of their News Feed and Mini-Feed features. These new features are basically ways to keep track of and to view/show the most recent changes for any given Facebooker. What I like about it is that this makes the service a little bit easier for users to consume the data they're most likely interested in. Instead of trying to track down what's new about a certain user or if a user made a change to a certain aspect of their profile, you can now view this data in one of these feeds. From the Facebook blog:


News Feed highlights what's happening in your social circles on Facebook. It updates a personalized list of news stories throughout the day, so you'll know when Mark adds Britney Spears to his Favorites or when your crush is single again. Now, whenever you log in, you'll get the latest headlines generated by the activity of your friends and social groups.

Mini-Feed is a new part of the profile that shows all the latest stuff someone has added on Facebook.Mini-Feed is similar, except that it centers around one person. Each person's Mini-Feed shows what has changed recently in their profile and what content (notes, photos, etc.) they've added. Check out your own Mini-Feed; if there are any stories you don't like, you can remove them from your profile.


I know of a lot of sites that could benefit from features similar to these and I expect we'll see more of this kind of innovation as more people and services begin to understand how to capture and keep people's attention (give them what they're looking for or make it easier to get that data).
 
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