This Week at Fifty & Five 12.3.13

Facebook’s “Save For Later” Feature In The Works Facebook is reported to be working on a social “to do list” that would let users set aside articles, posts, or even photos — any piece of content that shows up on their News Feed — to read or look through at a later time. If you’ve […]

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Facebook’s “Save For Later” Feature In The Works

Facebook is reported to be working on a social “to do list” that would let users set aside articles, posts, or even photos — any piece of content that shows up on their News Feed — to read or look through at a later time. If you’ve ever skimmed through your Facebook feed but didn’t have time to read some of the articles you saw, or made a mental note to look through a particular photo album later, this feature could be a big help. While there are other apps created to serve this same purpose, the update would keep all the information within Facebook, allowing Zuckerberg to monitor and potentially monetize each user’s reading habits. While this isn’t the first time the company has tested the idea, it seems to be more advanced and closer to wide release this time.

We think the update could give your business a great boost too — if people who like your page don’t have the time to read a post or article the first time around, you’ll still have that second chance for engagement if they add it to their “saved for later” list. We’re excited to see the impact of this new feature when it comes out!

 

Facebook Tweaks Newsfeed Algorithm

Facebook updated its News Feed algorithm yet again, this time with the hope of presenting users with more “high quality content” like news articles and current events. The updated algorithm means that users can expect more news and story links to appear in News Feeds, especially on mobile, wrote Varun Kacholia, an engineering manager, and Minwen Ji, a software engineer, on the company’s blog Monday.

Stories and posts that a user’s friends have commented on may be bumped back to the top of her News Feed, an effort at creating more conversation around articles in the comments, the duo wrote. This means you may see the same story numerous times, the only change being new comments from your friends.

“Starting soon, we’ll be doing a better job of distinguishing between a high quality article on a website versus a meme photo hosted somewhere other than Facebook when people click on those stories on mobile,” the duo wrote on the company blog. “This means that high quality articles you or others read may show up a bit more prominently in your News Feed, and meme photos may show up a bit less prominently.”

Facebook will also begin recommending related articles to users who click on a link from their feed. These recommendations will appear below the original post.

 

What’s Trending

Instagram Email Addresses?

As we reported last week,Instagram may be planning to add a messaging feature. But now reports are surfacing that it might not be just some dingy chat icon that starts popping up on your Instagram profile – we could be looking at full-fledged @instagram.com email addresses being added to the platform. TechCrunch, which broke the story, admits that the @instagram.com addresses could be an error. But given the earlier news of a messaging service, the timing seems, at least, suspiciously coincidental.

Facebook’s Browse Feature

Some of Facebook‘s features debut with fanfare, while others are quietly introduced. One intriguing function flying under the radar: the social network’s “browse” feature. (You can access it in the News Feed sidebar). Pressing on the browse button will send you to a pre-selected Graph Search based on your friends, network, location, or interests. Basically, it’s an interesting way for Facebook to push its users to use Graph Search.

Thanksgiving Sets Records On Instagram

For the second year in a row, Thanksgiving has proved to be a record-breaking day for Instagram. Users of the photo sharing service posted more images in a single day than ever before, though exact numbers haven’t yet been released by Instagram. “We saw record usage as Instagrammers shared a heaping helping of holiday cheer,” said Instagram in a blog post on its official site. “Your Thanksgiving and Hanukkah-related photos and videos helped make yesterday our busiest day on Instagram so far.”

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Lucas Vandenberg
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