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Facebook tests 'Popular Photos' Instagram clone in News Feed

Facebook tests 'Popular Photos' Instagram clone in News Feed

Your News Feed can get a little crowded. It's flooded with text, links, ads, and comments, when what you really want are those juicy pics. Usually, you'd turn to Instagram for that fix, but you might soon find it right in the Facebook app: a new feature, Popular Photos, will show you more pictures in a self-contained feed.

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Facebook is changing the news feed to bring you closer to the people you actually know in real life

Facebook is changing the news feed to bring you closer to the people you actually know in real life

Particularly for those who were around from the start, usage of Facebook might have waned in recent years. Considering it was originally intended to bring you closer to your friends and family, things are a bit different nowadays. Scroll through your news feed today and you'll likely find a mixture of memes, recipe videos, and adverts (in my case, anyway, but that will depend on what you like/follow), with just a smattering of posts from people you know IRL. The company's mission for 2018: put friends and family at the forefront once again.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined this renewed focus in a post on the site yesterday, where he said that feedback from users was at the heart of upcoming changes to the ranking system.

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Facebook Introduces Your News Feed To 360 Degree Video

Facebook Introduces Your News Feed To 360 Degree Video

If you haven't watched a 360 degree video before, take a moment to go check one out on YouTube. They're pretty cool. Thanks to cameras that are capable of recording 360 degrees around them, we now get an even better idea of what it's like to relive another person's experience. It's this last aspect that perhaps makes the content a natural fit for your Facebook News Feed. So now that's where the social network is placing them.

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Facebook Is Adding More Controls For Your News Feed, Set Friends And Pages To Always Appear On Top

Facebook Is Adding More Controls For Your News Feed, Set Friends And Pages To Always Appear On Top

If you're not an absolute Facebook junkie, chances are you might be missing out on posts from the people you most care about. The change from most recent to "top stories" was designed with this in mind, but it isn't foolproof. After all, Facebook's algorithms can only guess who you think is important. With newly-announced additions to the news feed preferences, users can now designate pages and profiles that will appear at the top of the feed by default.

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I can think of several members of my family who will value this option a lot. The user-set top posts will have a star on their top right corner to signal why they are there.

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