News Feed FYI: Balancing Content from Friends and Pages
Facebook is always getting a lot of feedback from people on how the business is run. Based on this feedback and ongoing understanding of how people use News Feed, the company will be making three updates. The first is improving the experience for people who don’t have a lot of content available to see. Previously there were rules in place to prevent you from seeing multiple posts from the same source in a row. With this update, the rule is being relaxed.
The second update will try to ensure that content posted directly by the friends you care about, such as photos, videos, status updates or links, will be higher up in News Feed so you are less likely to miss it.
Lastly, many people have told us they don’t enjoy seeing stories about their friends liking or commenting on a post. This update will make these stories appear lower down in News Feed or not at all, so you are more likely to see the stuff you care about directly from friends and the pages you have liked.
Sharing Vines is Easy
It’s easier than ever to share Vines. A new share screen introduces many improvements, including the ability to post to Tumblr. There are lots of ways to share Vines, both on Vine and across the web. With this update, you can post to multiple places all at once. This means you can quickly and easily revine, send posts to your friends via Vine messages (VMs), and share to Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. As always, you can do this for your own and other people’s Vines.
These sharing enhancements are available now on iOS and coming soon to Android.
Highlighting the best of Twitter, for you
Twitter has rolled out Highlights: a simple summary of the best Tweets for you, delivered via rich push notification. The company wants to help you get the most out of Twitter, no matter how much time you spend with it. While your home timeline is a great place to browse through and engage with Tweets, it can be challenging to find the time to get through everything. Highlights, a fast and simple summary of Twitter, lets you catch up quickly on the best stuff that is most relevant to you.
To create your Highlights, Twitter will look at things like the accounts and conversations that are popular among people you follow, Tweets from people you’re closely tied to, topics and events that are trending in your area or within your network, and people that are popular or trending among people you follow.
Instagram for Apple Watch
Instagram has worked closely with Apple to reimagine the Instagram experience for the Apple Watch. On the Instagram for Apple Watch app, you can:
- Instagram will tailor your feed, activity and notifications.
- See the latest posts from accounts you follow on your feed. Swipe up and down to view or like photos.
- Keep up with the activity on your posts. See recent comments or likes, and tap to view profiles.
- Receive rich notifications when your friends, family or favorite accounts post to Instagram. You can like or even send a quick emoji reply.