Facebook introduces new features all the time and slowly rolls them out to users. It has an ecosystem of apps around it, and the Facebook Messenger service is powerful enough to take on Google Hangouts and other instant messaging apps.
New Features & Changes
Customize What You See in News Feed
The Facebook News Feed can get exciting at times, and you often see minor updates from acquaintances, while missing important posts from people you care about.
To avoid this, Facebook has finally introduced News Feed Preferences to prioritize what you see in the news feed. With the new preferences, you can:
- Prioritize your friends so the important people show up first. Just tap to star your favorites, Facebook will make sure their posts pop up first.
- Unfollow acquaintances in bulk, so that you still appear as friends without seeing their posts in your timeline. It’s the best ways to clean up your news feed.
- Reconnect with people you unfollowed, just in case you made a mistake.
- Follow brands and pages in bulk.
Look Through Your FB History with On This Day
Facebook is pretty much a digital history of your life. Just like sites to find out what happened on this day in history, Facebook now lets you jump back in time to see what was happening in your life on any given day. It’s called On This Day.
You can check your history any time by visiting Facebook.com/OnThisDay. You can also switch on the notifications for OnThisDay so that whenever there’s a historical event, it will either show up in your News Feed or Facebook will alert you to that event.
Messenger Goes Independent, Gets Video Calls
Messenger is a big part of the Facebook experience and, some new features have been added to it.
- You can sign up for Messenger without a Facebook account. You’ll need to do this through the mobile app though.
- You can make video calls through Messenger, making it one of the best free alternatives to Skype, since most of the people you know probably have a Facebook account already.
• Messenger.com is now a standalone Facebook Messenger web app, with all the features you would get otherwise, including video calling. Basically, again, you don’t need Facebook to use Messenger.