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Facebook Facelift

Alex Christie

12 March 2009

What are the changes that Facebook has made, and how will the benefit the user? The interaction aspect of Facebook on the Home Page has changed significantly, the most notable and note worthy change being real-time stream of information and “The Publisher". Perhaps the most exiting change for most day to day Facebook users, (mostly everyone), is the ever popular Facebook status update box. Instead of just asking the famous “What are you doing now?” question, The Publisher asks “What’s on your mind?”

 With this comes the ability to attach links, videos, photos and also update your status of course. The news feed stream has also been updated. It will operate on a real time basis, with a real time feed stream of items being shared by your friends. This allows you to be able to view your friends social activity happenings.

Facebook has also enhanced stream filters so members can use the filters on the left-hand side of the page to filter the updates for the people and content they want to read the most. The News Feed is the main filter, but users can add new filters based on Friends Lists and applications.
Facebook defines these changes as follows: The Stream “The stream shows you all posts from your friends in real-time. This keeps you up to date on everything that's happening. You can control who appears here.” Publisher: “Publish your status, photos, notes and more into the stream. Posts show up both in your profile, and on your friends' home pages.”

It seems Facebook is learning a thing or two from Twitter, and keeping up to date with the move to more real time activity, with real time formats.

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