Facebook is busy putting out some rather large updates of their social network. Just this week we saw the implementation of the ‘smart lists’. More updates and changes will follow in the next week.
The biggest social network of them all is busy changing the very foundations of the entire website. Facebook is with 750 million users still the biggest social network out there, but has received a lot of criticism over the last few years. Mark Zuckerberg and co are now responding to all the critics by releasing a couple of new features. The other new features and updates to the website will most likely be announced at the F8 fair. Not surprisingly, the new features resemble those of other social networks.
For instance, the so-called ‘smart lists’ that automatically bundles friends based on interests, work, school and numerous other categories. Personally I find this feature quite useful as it’s the ideal way to keep track of friends that share a common history with you. Though it can make for some awkward situations, so the best advice I can give you is to manage those lists by yourself instead of letting Facebook do it for you. If you’re familiar with Google+ you probably know this feature as well as it resembles Google+’s ‘circles’. Integrating one of the main selling points of the competition is a pretty smart move for Facebook, especially since Google+ seems to have stagnated regarding the number of new users.
Even though Google+ went public (instead of on invite only) the hype seems to have died a quick and quiet death. This is due in part to counter actions by Facebook.
Zuckerberg has a couple more tricks up his sleeve however. According to anonymous sources Facebook is working on implementing a music platform in cooperation with streaming services such as Spotify. Next to that there are also rumours of an app-store.
Furthermore, the Facebook homepage might also get a make-over so that you can monitor what your friends are doing in real-time. Moar Facebook stalking lulz!
And last but not least, rumours have been circulating on new buttons next to the existing ‘Like’ button. Rumour has it there will be buttons to indicate that you listened to something, read something or watched something. Maybe we can also hope for a dislike button? Can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting for one of those!