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4 Recent Facebook Updates Businesses Should Know

FB9-4Are you staying up-to-date with the most recent Facebook updates and other changes? If you’re not, you’re in luck! We’ve rounded up some of the social network’s most recent announcements and updates that affect businesses.

1. Updates to the News Feed Algorithm (Again!)

Facebook has announced two major changes to the News Feed algorithm in the last couple of weeks. Both affect businesses and how you craft your Facebook posts.

5 New Facebook Updates and Tests Spotted This Week

5 new facebook updates and tests spotted this week

Facebook’s always testing new ideas and features to keep you on Facebook for longer, some of them major – like Facebook Stories – and others less so.

To help provide some additional context on these smaller tweaks and tests, we’re co-ordinating them into a weekly update to help keep you updated on what Facebook’s trying out, where they’re focused and what you should be watching for in future.

Facebook is testing a photo-focused profile redesign on iOS

7-6fbFacebook is experimenting with the design of some pages on its iOS app. We noticed some updates to user profiles and notifications, and after we published this story, Facebook confirmed the update.

These changes appear to be limited to a small subset of users and seem to go as far back as May, which indicates that this is yet another design test by the social networking company. These tweaks affect the way users view people’s profiles and also their notifications.

Facebook Releases New Updates for Trending News, Trialing In-Feed News Units

facebook releases new updates for trending news trialing in feed news units

As part of its ongoing effort to bring more diversity of content into your News Feed - and avoid creating echo chambers where all users hear see is information that reinforces their existing beliefs - Facebook has announced another update to Trending Stories, while also adding in a new way to showcase trending news in your region.

The latest change to Trending Stories will see Facebook present a new carousel layout for each topic, highlighting a set of stories from a range of publications covering the issue which you can flip through.

Facebook tweaks News Feed to surface more posts that users actually read

6-12FBFacebook today said that it has started making changes to its News Feed based on the time people spend on individual posts. More changes will be coming over the next few weeks.

Clearly, time spent is important, but Facebook’s engineers have started to take a more nuanced view of the metric.

Facebook Updates News Feed Algorithm to Further Limit the Reach of Clickbait

facebook updates news feed algorithm to further limit the reach of clickbaitFacebook's rolling out a new News Feed algorithm update which focuses on reducing the reach of clickbait, which is still one of the most complained about elements of The Social Network.

As explained by Facebook:

“People tell us they don’t like stories that are misleading, sensational or spammy. That includes clickbait headlines that are designed to get attention and lure visitors into clicking on a link. In an effort to support an informed community, we’re always working to determine what stories might have clickbait headlines so we can show them less often.”

Facebook Updates News Feed to Combat ‘Low Quality’ Websites

facebook updates news feed to combat low quality websites

Facebook has announced a new News Feed algorithm update, this time focused on reducing the reach of links to websites which contain “little substantive content and have a large number of disruptive, shocking or malicious ads”. The changes will also relate to ads from these domains, which will be blocked entirely.

In other words, if your site’s covered in crappy ads, you’re gonna’ find it a lot harder to keep drawing significant traffic from Facebook.

Facebook's Rolling Out Group Membership Questions to Improve Filtering Process

facebooks rolling out group membership questions to improve filtering processBack in January, we reported that Facebook was testing a new application questionnaire feature for Facebook Groups to help refine and improve the group membership process. That test appears to have gone well – this week, The Social Network has confirmed that Group membership questions are being rolled out to all users.

As reported by TechCrunch, group admins will now be able to pose up to three questions for people requesting to join their Group to answer – this is what the layout of those questions looked like in the initial test phase.

Inside Facebook’s 10-Year Master Plan [Infographic]

inside facebooks 10 year master plan

Do you know about Facebook’s 10-year master plan?

Most people don’t, but understanding the basic outline of Facebook’s plan can be a major advantage for marketers who are playing the long game.

You see, most businesses are so focused on day-to-day operations and Facebook’s last feature launch that they aren’t able to strategically plan for their business’s future with the advertising giant.