A Facebook Facelift May Be On The Way – Changes For Facebook In Early 2013

Facebook users know one thing when it comes to the popular social network and that one thing is change.  The developers over at Facebook are always tweaking and changing how this social network functions and often add new features.  Many times users are upset, sometimes there is controversy but more often than not,users adapt and continue to use Facebook for business only to await the next changes.  Here’s a few new Facebook features – some here already and some on the way – that we wanted to introduce you to in this first month of 2013.

Hokey-Pokey

If you are an iPhone user, you might want to try out Facebook’s new Poke app for iPhones.  This new photo-messaging application is a stand-alone app like Facebook Messenger and seems to be an attempt to gain ground on Snapchat – another photo-sharing app for IPhone.  This new social media tool allows you to send chat-like messages with photo that are only available for a few seconds.  It’s too early to tell if this tool will take hold with iPhone users but its downward trend in the App Store at first launch didn’t bode well for Poke.

Private Matters

Can you believe Facebook is tweaking its privacy settings again?  Who am I kidding, of course you can.  This time the social network is adding a few features in an attempt to help users better control their online privacy.  Some of the new features include: privacy shortcuts, privacy reminders, easier-to-use activity log, and a new request and removal tool for photo tagging.  In my humble opinion, ach of these new additions certainly are a step in the right direction.

Photo-Filler

Are you using text overlay in your Facebook cover photos or News Feed ads?  The good news is that you can continue to do so.  The bad news is that if your text overlay takes up more than 20% of your image, then you’ll need to do some redesigning.  Keep an eye out for these new cover photo and News Feed ad guidelines for photos in 2013.  According to the folks at Facebook, they will have a tool that picks up on those violating the terms and will give you notice to make changes.

Whispers and Rumors

There always seems to be whispers and rumors about big changes coming to Facebook.  Some are true and some are as ridiculous as the fake posts that go viral across the social network’s News Feeds.  The latest – which has been confirmed to be at least in the test mode – is that Facebook has been once again playing around with a Timeline redesign.  Keep an eye out for a possible new look-and-feel with a single-column Facebook Timeline.  I wouldn’t put it past the social network to make a big move like this again in the near future.

What are your favorite changes to your Facebook for business page?  What features would like to see this social media channel add in the near future?  Let us know in the comments below.

 

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