Remember Facebook’s Notes? It’s always been there, but now it’s bound to score some more attention with a redesigned, sleeker look.
Chances are you never really noticed the Notes section. And if you have, you never used it. How many of us really went to create a blog-like piece on Facebook instead of releasing our thoughts to the world with a simple status update and perhaps a link?
Well, Facebook wants to turn things around. The largely anonymous character of Notes is turned into a tool that will help Facebook inch closer to its goal: hosting as much content as possible directly on the platform, without the need to ever switch to some other.
As such, Notes is getting a big makeover, similar in style to Medium, the publishing platform pioneered by Twitter’s Biz Stone and Evan Williams.
Thus, these are in short the main features of the new, better, sleeker Notes section. It resembles Medium in that one large size top image may feature before the single-column text. The font switches from Arial to Georgia, to improve readability of long-form texts.
If you can’t see the improved Notes just yet, don’t fret. Only a few users have access, although Facebook plans to soon make it available to others as well.
And it surely isn’t just talk in the wind. With increased efforts to make users spend as much time on Facebook without going to third parties’ websites, Notes would be the new blog platform that allows users to switch from any other platform to one.
It is no small treat in fact. With 1.4 billions of users worldwide, and a rich potential for as many ‘friends’ and pages added to one’s profile, the exposure offered by Facebook’s Notes section would be invaluable.
In time, dynamics analysis showed that people still write. The need for lengthy pieces still exists. It’s just that the need to move beyond the exposure constrictions of smaller individually-hosted blogs had drawn bloggers to platforms such as LinkedIN or Medium.
With all the hype about the content Facebook algorithms are surfacing on individual users’ pages and taking into consideration the control over privacy matters, the redesigned Notes might really stand a chance to become the next big thing.
And Facebook would benefit as much as its users. Content spanning text, audio, video, image and others would be pooled on one platform to rule them all.
Photo Credits: Mashable
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