Facebook Reloaded

September 24, 2011 in Daily Bulletin

Wired has written an exhaustive overview of some of the features in a revamped Facebook that will seem unfamiliar to most. The wall is now just one small tile among many others, and the new profiles seem to focus around a new system called the Open Graph. Some of the highlights of the article include:

  • The new Facebook is described by Wired as a “remote-control autobiography”, a “24/7 reality show” of a person’s experiences, and “a visual scrapbook of your life.” Clearly Facebook has something greater in mind than just being a purveyor of online profiles.
  • People will be able to share the movies and music they watch. Friends looking at their Facebook pages will be able to click on the movie name or song title and instantly have the media start playing on their own computer, although in certain cases such as Netflix it might be necessary to have a prior subscription with the service.
  • One developer compared it to the first day of the IPhone and said that there would be a wave of social apps that would rival the success of the mobile apps on Apple’s platform.
  • With all this information on the types of media that people are consuming, Facebook will now be able to send out advertisements that are more targeted in scope than ever imagined before.

You can read more about the importance of Friends Lists as well as an odd legal ruling that limits the sharing of movie information for Facebook users in the United States, and what Netflix is asking voters to do about it over here.

Source: Wired