“Inglorious launch moment in history,” says Chris Cox. Facebook Newsfeed is a feature designed to bring a collection of updates from family, friends, group and pages to the users. It exposes users to every public activity such as picture upload, birthdays, upcoming event, profile changes, job update, ads and many more.
Prior to this, to get the latest update or gist on Facebook you need to navigate from one friend’s wall to another to check out their new post. Only personal notifications like friend request, who ‘Poked’ you and if anyone had written on your Wall appear when you logged on to Facebook.
The launch of News Feed in September 2006 remade the whole system forever which make it hard to picture what Facebook looks like without this new idea now. Facebook as a team received backlash from their users for generating a stream of updates on users’ homepages, where they could see all of their friends’ updates.
The idea didn’t go well or sit right with Facebook users, they accused them of invading users privacy. When all Facebook wanted to do was to provide their users with a stream of information about their social world. It’s No surprise Chris Cox labelled their new development as an inglorious launch moment in history!
BRIEF HISTORY OF NEWS FEED
After the launch in 2006, The News Feed has been reviewed several times over the years since its original set up, in 2008 ‘feedback button’ to each story in a user’s feed introduced. in 2009 ‘publisher’ features which contain ‘what’s on your mind’ where users can easily post their photos, update status, links and videos, right from their homepage was launched together with ‘like a page’ and get updates.
In December 2010, Facebook introduced an option button, enabling NewsFeed by categories. Users can view their newsfeed base on the category they selected, these categories include games, status updates, photos, links, Pages, or specific groups of people.
In February 2011, Facebook includes News Feed settings to let users determine if they want to see content from only the people and pages they interact with or everyone. In September, Facebook revised the feed to distinguish top stories and recent stories.
in March 2014, Facebook updated its News Feed, bringing bigger photos that span the width of the feed, changes font, design tweaks to buttons and icons, removed the drop-down menu, removed some of the sub-feeds. It also changed the appearance of profile photos in the feed and put in a search bar at the top of the page.
HOW NEWS FEED WORKS
News Feed is the collection of stories in the central of your home page. It includes status updates, photos, videos, links, app activity and likes from people, Pages and groups that you follow or interact with on Facebook. News Feed is an almighty idea that is meant to keep you connected to the people, places and things that you care about, starting with your friends and family.
Posts that you see are determined by your activity on Facebook such as the friends you follow the page you like, the group you joined. The post with the highest number of comments, likes and reactions a post receives can also make it more liable to appear higher up in your News Feed.
Posts that might appear first may include:
A person liking or reacting to a post from a publisher that your friend has shared.
A friend or family member commenting on, reacting or liking another friend’s photo or update.
people replying to each other’s comments on a video or an article.
People that can see a post in their News Feed about something you share on Facebook are people you include in your audience you can that from your settings. There is an audience selector most places you share content on Facebook, such as posts, photos and for some information on your profile, you change your audience from there.
Audience selector also appears on things you’ve already shared, so you can get to see who you’ve shared each post with. After you’ve shared a post, you have the option to change your audience.