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Facebook adds new features

facebookBekijk in het NederlandsFacebook, one of the most popular social media platforms, is getting new and updated features. What to think of the twitter-like subscription button or the Google+ circles-like smartlist function? This post will cover the basics of the updates.

Subscriptions

The first addition to Facebook is the subscribe button. With this button you will be able to follow people more easily in a twitter-like style without the need to be Facebook friends. You will also be able to set the priority of the messages that person posts, thus enabling you to filter out the less important spam that some people you hardly know tend to throw on Facebook in large numbers. Switch between showing all updates of a person, to most updates or important updates only.

In addition you will be able to filter out certain posts, like the updates from Facebook games per person. This enables you to filter out messages from your brothers mafia games, but you will still be able to see your sisters Farmville invites etc. This also applies to Playstation network trophy updates etc. A nifty feature besides the fact that it somewhat based on the functionality on twitter it may also be a bit too much work for the regular Facebook user.

Smart lists

Another new feature is the smart lists feature. While lists are not new to Facebook, they have greatly improved with this new addition. Smart lists are automatically generated by account information. People will be added to lists on basis of where they live, what school they went to, or work related topics. In addition you get to see posts and photos of your best friends in a single list for your convenience. The suggest function for your various lists has been improved as well, making it easier to create your custom lists.

The good thing about lists is that not only you will be able to see the updates of people in your list in a single convenient place, but also that whenever you post something you get to choose with which list you want to share this information. This enables you share some embarrassing pictures with only your friends without having to worry that your co-workers get to see them.

The new lists are a great improvement compared to the old lists, and because it is made easier to create your lists it will probably be used more. This all does sound a lot like Google+’s circle option, but it is a welcome feature to Facebook.

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