Alright – this is going to be really straight forward.
There are lot’s of updates coming up with Facebook – pretty epic stuff. The main three areas I’m concerned with are Facebook Pages.
Changes To Facebook Pages
Photos – Everyone’s noticed this change to personal profiles, and now pages – photos that are tagged as well as most recent additions will be seen in thumbnails across the top of your pages main content area.
Navigation – Next up, we have a major change for marketers (in my opinion) – Facebook as taken the “tabs” which use to be where the new image thumbnails are, and moved your tab navigation to below your profile picture and description etc… I guess us marketers got carried away (ha!).
Wall Filters – Next up, you can now choose to show the top posts from your page, or posts from everyone, on your Page wall. Most popular on your wall vs. most recent in chronological order – the choice is yours and can be toggled if you click on the Most Recent link below the featured thumbnails.
Admin View – This is MASSIVE! Finally you can use Facebook as your Page. Add comments on your fans walls, like and share content as your page, get notifications when people interact with your content etc.. This is huge for online marketers because we can now actively promote the page and engage people in a very personal way.
New Settings – Despite what people may believe, Facebook has worked really hard over the last few years to give it’s users more control over how their content is displayed on pages. You can now edit the order of your “liked” pages in the left sidebar area of your page, as well as featured users etc. More control for marketers to align themselves with other power users on Facebook.
Facebook Changes For Designers
If you’re a design junkie and like customizing fan pages (me) then there is a HUGE update coming regarding the degradation of the FBML app/tabs and the mass switch over to iFRAME.
This is great, overall. It means that with some coding knowledge, one can now embed almost ANY website or content into their Facebook Page. March 11th is the big day.
Anyways – that’s the latest with Facebook. Visit the links below for more info.
Click here for more on the Facebook Pages iFRAME update.
Click here for the latest updates for mobile users.
Click here for more on the changes to Facebook comments.
How are these changes affecting you?