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3 Game Changing Facebook Updates You Need To Know

Facebook updates are still a big deal. The social media giant that is Facebook continues to be a force in the digital media world. According to Statista, Market leader Facebook was the first social network to surpass 1 billion registered accounts and currently sits at 1.59 billion monthly active users. Eighth-ranked photo-sharing app Instagram had over 400 million monthly active accounts.

Facebook is easy for most anyone to understand how to use, and a Facebook business page is pretty much mandatory for most businesses. Even if you do quickly realize you’ll need to get in the advertising game, you’ll want to have a presence.

I used to think Facebook wasn’t important to my web traffic, but it continues to be the #1 referral source for my website.Click To Tweet

Recently, 3 new Facebook updates were introduced that you’ll want to take note of.

Not only is Facebook a force simply because of it’s size, but also because it continues to add features to compete with other social networks. Which brings me to my first update.


Videos are a popular and engaging form of content. So it’s no wonder that tech giants are launching their own versions of automatic video. Apple has “Memories” which will debut on the iOS 10 Photos, Google already has a Movies assistant with it’s Google Photos product. And now, Facebook is rolling out Slideshow to all iOS users around the world.

Following up with the increasingly popular Facebook Live feature, Facebook is tackling another social media trend: creating stories.Click To Tweet

You may have noticed some components of Facebook testing out some of it’s features already. If you’ve taken photos recently on your phone and are about to post a status, Facebook will suggest creating a slideshow with those recent photos and videos. Each Slideshow is automatically composed with themed music and transitions. Facebook has seen a decline in personal content sharing.

I believe with the addition of Facebook Live and Facebook Slideshow, they are hoping to encourage users to share more of their personal photos and videos again. Stringing together a series of photos and videos brings to mind the concept of Snapchat stories. Much like Facebook Live vs Periscope, Facebook continues to introduce features that seem to not only address trends, but will also keep users on the Facebook site as opposed to other platforms.


Facebook announced that it is limiting the amount of content from Pages. The News Feed will feature more posts from friends and family instead of posts from brands.

According to Adam Mosseri, VP for product management at Facebook: “Maintaining a relevant and interesting Newsfeed is important to satisfying users.”

This adjustment addresses feedback from users who complained status updates from friends and family do not appear on their News Feed.

“Stories in News Feed are ranked — so that people can see what they care about first, and don’t miss important stuff from their friends”, he added. “One of our most important jobs is getting this ranking right”

What does this mean for brands? “We anticipate that this update may cause reach and referral traffic to decline for some Pages,” Lars Backstrom, engineering director at Facebook, wrote in a separate post about the change.

The takeaway?

Since you don’t own these platforms, you are at their mercy. This is why your own website and blog are important. As far as what to do on Facebook, I think the change simply means discovering and creating the type of content that users will want to see and engage with in addition to investing in Facebook advertising.


I first heard about a change to the Pages layout from Heidi Osburn Garland of Guild West Agency when she posted a screenshot of her Page with the new layout:


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When I commented, she posted a screenshot of my page:

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Now, while I’m still not seeing this change,  clearly it is being rolled out.

What I notice first of all is that the avatar is no longer taking up space on the cover photo. Neither is the business name. Also, a change that I had already begun seeing on Facebook, instead of the category of your business, say for example, “Wills and Estates” it shows the name of your “handle” or username such as @tgqlaw. This is also no longer on the cover photo, but beneath your avatar which is situated on the top left corner of the page.

Heidi does a great job of discussing what’s new with the latest Facebook update to Pages. Some of the noted changes:

  • Profile picture no longer takes up valuable real estate covering the cover image.
  • Page Name under the profile picture.
  • Page name and the profile picture no longer take up valuable space on the cover photo.
  • The CTA is much larger than before and it’s on the right-hand side.
  • Tabs are back on the left side of the page, under the profile picture.

Read more about what’s new in her post, “New Facebook Page Layout – Is it a Flashback, But Better?”

What do you think about the look of the new layout?

Share your thoughts on the new layout and other Facebook updates in the comments below. I’m curious to know what you think.

Facebook Brand Page Redesign

Keeping in line with all things social media, Facebook has announced a big change. Facebook previewed a new redesign for brand pages. The change will begin rolling out slowly and will happen officially on March 27th.

This redesign is focused on giving you a simpler Facebook experience.

Facebook indicates that the new redesign will, “make it easier for people to find the information they want and help Page admins find the tools they use most.” Here are some of the most significant updates with this new redesign:

Single Column Display:

One of the most notable changes is that Facebook will now display all of your page’s posts in a single column, rather than the two-column display that took our eyes and brain signals months to get used to took some getting used to before.  I can definitely live with this.

Business Info On Left Sidebar:

The left-side column will feature important information about your business: location, hours, phone number, website, and any photos or videos you’ve posted.

Tabs On Left Sidebar:

When Facebook first previewed the redesign a lot of marketers panicked, worrying that the new redesign eliminated tabs. It was then reported by some  that tabs would be moved into a dropdown menu. Now Facebook is saying that tabs with images, will be listed beneath your business info on the left sidebar.

Better Admin Tool Access:

Facebook is removing the rather large admin panel from the top of Pages and adding a more simplified view of your activity from the week in a feature called “This Week”. It will include Page Likes, Post Reach, Notifications, and paid ad information. Facebook is also adding new navigation options displayed at the top which will make it easier to access your activity, insights and settings.

Pages to Watch For All Admins:

With this features, admins can create a list of pages similar to theirs, and compare their performance.

I’ve heard several people express concern about the tabs being moved. Personally, I don’t see it as much of a problem. If you have set up applications for these tabs you know that they don’t get much visitation without a whole lot of work. You have to point people to them. You will just still have to continue to do that to get results no matter where they’re located on the page.  People interact with you in the news feed, hopefully, if they see your posts, but that’s another story. It is  very unlikely that visitors go directly to your page.  With that being the case, they’re also not going directly to your custom apps. You have to take them there.

Because people aren’t thinking of your page specifically when they log on to Facebook you have to do your part to remind them to go there.  Always include a link in your email newsletters. Share links on your other social networks to help drive people to your Facebook Page. While the look of Facebook pages has changed, the work you put into them will not. So don’t forget to do those important extra things to keep people interacting with your business on Facebook!


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The Twitter Redesign Keeps Mobile In Mind

Twitter has been slowly rolling out it’s latest desktop version redesign. Right away you will notice it’s similarity to the mobile version of the platform.  You will also notice a color change. Across the top, the toolbar is now white as opposed to black.  It also has an increase in the font sizes under the profile image.

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New Homepage

The new homepage lets you add more color. You’ll be able to adjust the color of the compose box and navigation icon features. Just visit the Design tab settings to make your changes.



Your profile and header picture are now alongside your bio in the lefthand sidebar where trends were before. You will view your name, your number of tweets how many people you’re following, and how many followers you have. The new sidebar includes an area to compose tweets. The stream is the same including still having the image previews which was a very nice addition/update to Twitter.

What this update communicates is how much attention social networks are giving to their mobile versions and how important it is that the looks between web and mobile are consistent, even when a user hasn’t downloaded the app version of the platform.

What do you think of the new Twitter redesign?