Facebook's Latest Redesign Reveals Some Surprises
Facebook is in the process of unmasking a major redesign as a part of an effort to encourage members to stay longer on the site.
The site has already rolled out some updates to its News Feed feature , such as curating friends' posts, featuring photos more prominently on the site and adding features that give users control over the content they see.
The redesign allows Facebook to note how users interact with certain posts and uses that information to determine which content should appear as a top story on their feed. Members can also select whether or not certain status updates are a priority to them, so their friends' content can be presented to them based on shared interest.
In addition, Facebook sent out a message on Tuesday to members who receive email notifications on their mobile devices informing them that the company will be reducing the amount of email it sends from the site.
"Starting today, we are turning off most individual email notifications and instead, we'll send you a summary only if there are popular stories you may have missed," Facebook said. "You can turn individual emails back on and restore all your original settings at any time."
More updates are expected to be announced tomorrow (Sept. 22) at the f8 developers conference in San Francisco.
According to Mashable, Facebook is also expected to launch a music component to the site, as well as e-commerce capabilities.
Unrelated to the major platform and redesign updates, Facebook announced earlier today it will be offering a new app from Myxer Social Radio that brings friends together to listen and chat about music in real-time. The social Internet radio service allows people to connect in virtual listening rooms they create or that are created by their friends, with music choices enhanced by Myxer's recommendations.
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