Facebook adds list-making feature to its News Feed

Illustration by Alex Castro  The Verge

The new way of posting status is called "Lists".

The status box now contains options for users to add a poll, ask questions, add stickers, GIFs and much more. Like other recent additions and changes to the News Feed, Lists was created to encourage "meaningful connections between people rather than passive consumption of content", Facebook said.

Dubbed "Lists", the feature allows the creation of attractive lists - for goals, or shopping - that could soon be clogging up your feed. You can add colors and emojis to your list, and pick a bulleted or numbered format.

As per a TechCrunch report, the Facebook Lists feature is the first major update in the status box after the coloured backgrounds option that was introduced a year ago.

As per the report, Facebook with the introduction of this new feature is trying to add much more personalised content to the platform, so that users don't see a lot of random content filling up their news feeds.

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The lists are also designed with the idea that friends could copy each other's lists to share their own opinions about the subject at hand. Facebook has not said how long it will take for all users to receive the new update.

The feature is rolling out to both Android and iOS users as part of a slow global rollout.

Facebook changed its algorithm earlier this year to "prioritize posts that spark conversations and meaningful interactions between people" while demoting public posts from businesses and publishers. It should be next to other options like Check In, Photo/Video, Tag Event, and Support Nonprofit.

To post a List to your Facebook News Feed, open the Facebook app tap on the "What's on your mind?". A recent eMarketer report indicates that Facebook lost approximately 2.8 million US users aged under 25 years in 2017.

There is no set date for when the new lists update will be completely rolled out. Keep that in your own private space - no need to share.

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