Facebook Introduces New 'Lists' Feature For Status Updates

Facebook launches 'Lists' to personalise status update box

FACEBOOK is launching a controversial new feature that will let friends share their to-do lists in your News Feed. Lists can then be customized with coloured backgrounds and emojis.

Their latest effort in this regard is a "Lists" feature. Like other recent additions and changes to the News Feed, Lists was created to encourage "meaningful connections between people rather than passive consumption of content", Facebook said.

With the feature, users will be able to share lists that detail such things as New Year's Resolutions, travel wishlists and daily tasks.

Rumors of a possible list-creation feature appeared last month when the company appeared to be testing it among select users. Facebook has not said when it expects all users to gain access to the feature.

Facebook changed its algorithm earlier this year to "prioritize posts that spark conversations and meaningful interactions between people" while demoting public posts from businesses and publishers. Over the course of 2017, eMarketer found some 2.8 million U.S. users under the age of 25 left the platform. According to a report from eMarketer this week, Facebook lost approximately 2.8 million U.S. users under 25 in 2017, and will lose around 2.1 million more this year.

Update to the latest version of the Facebook app for either Android or iOS.

To post a List to your Facebook News Feed, open the Facebook app tap on the "What's on your mind?". It should be next to other options like Check In, Photo/Video, Tag Event, and Support Nonprofit.

Facebook's status update box is getting a new feature called Lists, which begins rolling out today.

Note: If you don't see these options, tap the "Add to your post" option to expand the menu.

Now the social network is filled with Videos, News, Promotions ads, updates from Facebook pages, groups etc.

"Just like in person, interacting with people you care about can be beneficial, while simply watching others from the sidelines may make you feel worse".

However, with the rollout of Lists, Facebook is running the risk of people flooding the News Feed with boring or annoying updates that turn people off the site.

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