Facebook is working to further customize your news feed…
An abundance of information has become a problem. Today, “anyone” can be a journalist based on what they post on social media. Facebook is taking action to make their layout more user friendly by customizing news feeds.
This new layout is based on friends lists, those you interact with most frequently, and groups you are involved in. Users will be “greeted” with updates that Facebook thinks of are interest to them. The company said their intentions are to cater to a more mobile lifestyle. They want users to interact with more people.
Facebook users can follow businesses and news organizations that interest them. Businesses, organizations, celebrities and other companies value Facebook because it draws in a large audience. Niche sites are becoming more and more popular. People have their interests and often take to the Internet to enjoy them. For many, Facebook itself is a daily essential. Photo sharing is one of the most common activities taking place on social media sites.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “I think there’s a special place in the world for a personalized newspaper that can span the whole gamut.” He also said that as our lives change, out news feeds should change with us. This proactive outlook in keeping up with consumer demand could turn Facebook into a top news source.
Zuckerberg wants users to try out the new features so that the company can determine what works and what doesn’t. This concept has recently raised controversy within the news industry. Journalism is supposed to remain objective, but consumers want to be informed in specific ways about their own concerns. As long as sources remain credible, this tight relationship between the user and the provider could change the way we consume news, even more so than it already has.