Facebook just announced that it has revamped its Notes feature, allowing users to create posts with a brand new toolkit including some seriously cool formatting options.
It’s probably been a long time since you last used Facebook’s Notes feature. It originally let you compose lengthier posts with more formatting options, but it was largely ignored. Until now. According to a report from Mashable, Facebook revealed Friday that it was about to unveil an official redesign, bringing new life to a feature that could actually be useful to a large number of people.
The rejuvenated version of Notes is now available to all Facebook users. The last time the company updated Notes was back in 2010. The company has since focused on building out its publishing features for all types of media, and with Notes it hopes to enter a space where it can capture some of the blogging world as well. Facebook currently has 1.25 billion users, many of whom use the standard status feature to compose lengthy posts.
The new and improved Notes feature is still simple, but the update addresses current customization features that are more in line with other publishing applications today. With Notes, you can create headers, block quotes, bulleted and numbered lists, and even add a cover image.
Notes writers will also be able to make text bold and italicized by using keyboard shortcuts, but there are no built in buttons to perform these functions yet. Users can also embed photos, but this feature has been available since Notes first came out. The updated version of Notes provides a visually appealing and elegant layout, and compositions can now appear in the format of a blog post instead of a hastily written status update.
Facebook has increasingly looked towards getting its users to create native content, or what it calls “instant articles.” Many users come to Facebook to get their news from friends and trusted sources, and the company has now allowed articles to load on the screen instantly. This keeps users on the website instead of redirecting to another page outside of Facebook.
Facebook stands to benefit by getting its users to create more content and share it on their social networks. By having users enjoy creating Notes that look like blog posts, they will inevitably spend more time and work harder on creating quality content to share with their friends. And often, great content gets shared across a large number of networks, reaching people who otherwise may never have seen it in the first place.
As the company continues to improve its interface for all of the different types of content people enjoy, they will begin to become the go-to place for more interest groups. The social network created by Facebook could continue to grow, with millions of new users each day connecting over the things that interest them the most.