Facebook Updates 2017
As you’ll see from the following list of Facebook Updates 2017, it’s no mistake that as of May of this year, Facebook boasted 1.94 billion monthly users. When it comes to everything from staying in touch with friends to marketing to journalism, Facebook continues to go above and beyond in order to enhance the experience of users around the globe.
Here you’ll find a list of some of the top Facebook Updates 2017 that will fill you in on all the fun and innovative ways that Facebook is hard at work in order to remain one of your favorite spots on the web. Though there are several other Facebook Updates (2017) out there that mostly concern the marketing world, here we’ll strive to stick to the ones that will most directly affect you as a user, in order to make sure you’re up to date on all the newest offerings from the world’s favorite social media network.
Facebook's Handy New In-App Camera
This year also brings the introduction of the in-app camera, which you can access by clicking the camera icon on the top left corner of your mobile app or by swiping right from your News Feed. Not only is the in-app camera convenient, it also comes with fun effects like maps, filters, and frames to make your photos or videos more fun.
Facebook is even partnering to create masks based on upcoming movies like: Alien: Covenant, Despicable Me 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Power Rangers, Smurfs: The Lost Village and Wonder Woman. But Facebook reveals that they’ve got even more in-app camera plans in the works.
According to Connor Hayes, Product Manager:
“Over the coming months, we plan to introduce new ways for the Facebook community to create their own frames and effects that can be used on any photo or video created with the new Facebook camera. Our goal is for the camera to be a home to hundreds of dynamic and fun effects that give you new ways to connect with friends, family, and your community.”
Less Clickbate, More Authentic News
Sick of all those stories popping up on your newsfeed that offer to direct you to the latest scoop on the recently discovered species of fish people who are actually responsible for the death of celebrities who may or may not even actually be dead? Well if so, then this update is for you. This year Facebook has launched a huge initiative to cut down on clickbait and exaggerated news in favor of giving its users a more authentic online experience.
In 2017, Facebook released a variety of new algorithm updates in ten different languages that will guarantee that attempting to recruit clicks by posting exaggerated or misleading headlines is definitely not the strategy to employ. This will hopefully go a long way in cleaning up your news feed. As a Facebook representative said in a May 10th blog post:
“Starting today, we’re rolling out an update so people see fewer posts and ads in News Feed that link to these low-quality web page experiences. Similar to the work we’re already doing to stop misinformation, this update will help reduce the economic incentives of financially-motivated spammers.”
Facebook additionally analyzed hundreds of thousands of different pages that linked to the social network, attempting to locate those that tend to contain shocking or malicious ads and making sure that they are at the bottom of the long list of items that will be popping up on your feed any time soon. This will hopefully help cut down on “fake news” and give you a more authentic, productive online experience.
Facebook Live Is Getting Several New Updates
Facebook has also been experimenting with different innovations when it comes to Live Chat with Friends and Live With. Now not only will you be able to have private conversations with friends during live broadcasts, but Facebook will be adding another feature that lets you go live with a second friend in a side by side conversation.
As it turns out, this feature has been available for public figures for a while, but now Facebook is preparing to roll it out to a global audience. Not only will it allow you to live chat with friends, the new version of Live With will prevent opportunities for broadcasting interviews, webinars, and even online courses, right over your Facebook feed.
GIFS Are Now Available For Wider Use
If you haven’t already discovered that you can now post GIFsin your comments, check out the update which went live as of June 15th.
Facebook released the fun new update to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the GIF as a format and now allows you to search services like Giphy and Tenor. Now not only can you post GIFs in Messenger, you can also use them in status updates or in the comments box of someone else’s status.
Facebook Messenger Got a Few New Updates
Facebook Messenger also just got a bit of an update that should help users have an easier navigation experience. The top bar now features tabs for Messages, Active, and Groups, while the bottom bar features tabs including Home, Calls, People, and as of May 2nd, Games.
The new Games features now allows users to find, enjoy, and share games without having to go through the hassle of downloading and installing apps. At the moment, there are 50 different games to play and enjoy ranging from Pac Man to Pool.
Messenger also now features handy red dots that will help alert you to unseen messages, calls, and other activity you may have missed. According to David Marcus, Facebook’s Head of Messenger, the service will also have new Discover tab located on the bottom bar soon.
New Features For Facebook Photo Albums
As reported by Adweek, Facebook is also adding fun new updates to its photo album features. Now not only will your Facebook albums support images, but also videos, check-ins, and text posts. You can also display your favorite album on your profile page by using the Featured Albums tool.
According to TechCrunch, the new features allow you to create digital scrapbooks with a variety of different content across various mediums. Which makes us wonder if printable physical photo books like those currently offered by Google are in the works?
Facebook Trending Topics Gets A Cool New Facelift
Ever wished you could view a certain topic from a variety of sources? Facebook is on it. Facebook is working on rolling out an updated Trending results page that will show you a variety of popular articles from various publishers on a certain topic.
Facebook product manager Ali Ahmadi and designer John Angelo wrote in a blog post : “By making it easier to see what other news outlets are saying about each topic, we hope that people will feel more informed about the news in their region.”
At the moment, iPhone users in the US should be able to see the updated trending topics look, but Facebook promises to make that same experience available for Android and desktop users soon.
New Entry Questions Available For Facebook Groups
If you’re the admin of a Facebook group, you may be excited to know that you’ll have the potential to screen new members via a short questionnaire.
You now have the option to setup up to three questions for people requesting to join your Group to give you a bit more of an idea of whether their mesh well with other members. It’s also helpful when it comes to weeding out spammers or giving you the opportunity to gage your audiences’ interests or expectations.
As a user however, don’t worry- your answers are only seen by page admins and none of them are ever posted to the group.
Personal Fundraising In Soon To Be a Reality
Now not only will you be able to raise money for causes you care about, you can also raise money for more community based causes like sports teams and community services. The feature is now available to users 18 and over who can go through a review process, to make sure the cause meets Facebook guidelines and policies.
The social networks says that they soon plan to allow users to fundraise on the personal level, for things such as medical bills, crisis situations, personal emergencies, or tuition.
Live Audio Brings Podcasts And Other Audio Media To Facebook
Facebook is now working on a cool new feature called Live Audio which is similar to Live Video, but without the visual content. A podcast lover’s dream, the feature lets users listen to voice recordings with a cover image that you can see in your news feed.
If you’re an Android user, can even keep listening to the audio if you leave your facebook app or lock your phone. As Facebook’s representatives said: “From interviews to book readings, we’re excited about the layer of interactivity that Live Audio brings to both the broadcaster and listener.”
The Facebook Journalism Project
When it comes to reliable news, Facebook is now working with journalists to up their game. This January, they announced the Facebook Journalism Project, through which they’ll collaborate with publishers and journalists alike in an effort to improve the quality of online news.
According to Fidji Simo, product manager in Facebook:
“We will be collaborating with news organizations to develop products, learning from journalists about ways we can be a better partner, and working with publishers and educators on how we can equip people with the knowledge they need to be informed readers in the digital age.” Facebook has even announced that they will launching a series of e-courses that allows journalist to discover the best ways to engage readers on both Facebook and Instagram.
As you can see, Facebook continues to be the social media platform that never sleeps, in an effort to maintain their spot as one of the most dependable and fun Internet destinations!
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