In the last couple of days, Facebook has rolled out various updates relevant to each segment of its user base. As a blogger, you must be using Facebook Profile and Pages for engagement and networking.
Here is the lowdown on recent Facebook updates.
1. Better Login Control System
This is targeted towards third-party mobile app developers who access your Facebook profile. As per the recent update, the mobile app developers have to seek another layer of permission from you before sharing your information with Facebook.
Earlier what used to happen is you connected with the social networking site via a third-part app that requested you to share some basic information like profile details, friend network, news feed and others with the intention of writing on individual Facebook accounts. You could either accept these terms or not connect via the app at all.
But all this changes now. To give users more control over what to share with third-party app developers, another layer of permission screen is added enabling you to decide what information is collected and used by the developers.
Facebook comments on the enhanced app login system that separating the sharing options means “people can decide whether they only want to use Facebook Login for fast registration without also sharing back to Facebook”.
2. Facebook Pages Manager
The iOS and the Android version of the Facebook Pages Manager app have been updated to help you manage your FB pages in a better way.
In the iOS update, you can view improved page insights, create new pages and edit the page cover photo. In the Android update, you can add new admin members to any page, monitor updates from other Pages, upload one or more photo at one time to a single post and easily tag other people in comments.
3. “High Quality” News Feed Update
In a bid to reduce clutter on your profile news feed, Facebook has revised its algorithm to weed out “low quality” updates.
You must have noticed that updates from ‘Liked’ pages are rarely seen these days. There are mostly ‘Sponsored Posts’ recommended by the social media site depending on your preferences.
To determine the “high quality” content of the feed updates, Facebook conducted a survey in which questions about the relevancy of posts, post sharing potential, post author, trust factor and general outlook towards certain kind of posts were taken into consideration. Based on the result, they built a system to determine the usability and interactivity of posts and display them on the newsfeed.
According to their media announcement, this new update will be rolled over in the coming few weeks, for both desktop and mobile versions.
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4. Embed ‘Public’ Facebook Posts on Your Blog / Website
Personally, this is an awesome update.
Like you embed YouTube videos or SlideShare on your blog posts, you can now embed ‘Public’ marked Facebook posts as well.
How to Embed ‘Public’ Posts?
‘Public’ posts are those which have the ‘world’ symbol around it. Click on the small downward arrow on the right hand side and find the ‘Embed Post’ option. See the screenshot below.
On clicking the ‘Embed Post’, you will get the code. Simply go to the HTML editor of your blog and add the code.
This will save a hell lot of time previously taken in getting screenshots and uploading them as images.
5. Access to Shutterstock Images for FB Advertisement
If you want to advertise on Facebook, now you can use the image repository of Shutterstock for free, directly from the ads development section.
Facebook has partnered with Shutterstock making millions of images free-to-use for its users. The images can be used in Facebook ad formats without any problem. The image uploaded has been revamped to incorporate Shutterstock images. You can upload multiple images on multiple ads at one time.
Here is how it will look after you get the update.
Over to You
What do you think of these Facebook updates? Are they really beneficial? Share your thoughts with me in the comment box below