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New Facebook Update 2020 dubbed “The New Facebook”

Have you noticed that Facebook is looking different these days? Following announcements in late 2019, Mark Zuckerberg and his team have slowly and painstakingly rolled out FB5 (Facebook 2020) for mobile and desktop— all in the name of creating a better, faster user experience.

The updates have culminated in what’s being called “the new Facebook.” Designed to bring the mobile and desktop apps closer together in terms of style, the update was partially created to make it easier to switch between PC and smartphone/tablet with a similar layout and design scheme on both.New FB 2020 Page Look

As usual, the change has sparked plenty of outcry among Facebookers who really just want things left the way they were. Minus overly large fonts and graphics (this unfortunately includes ads) the new Facebook does seem to have its merits.

Among the changes seen are a new focus on Groups and Events, increased privacy, an uncluttered layout and moving frequently used tabs to key spaces on the top toolbar—all changes which make Facebook much more user-friendly.

Customizable Call to Action Button

All pages now have a customizable call to action button. To customize it, you just need to hover over the blue CTA button and click “Edit Button” to change the text and add a website or app URL. There are also options like “send email”, “learn more”, “contact us” and more. There are also many others specific to an e-commerce store or an app.

More Posting Options

Users are now given more options to post. Right under the cover photo, you can choose to create a new post using live video, a photo or video, text, or a feeling/emoticon to update your status using the Create button. There’s also an option to create a video chat room and invite your favourite friends, all of whom are carefully organized under your status bar based on who you chat to most.

Updated Layout

With more white space, larger fonts and an uncluttered layout, it’s easier than ever to find what you’re looking for.

The profile and cover photo formatting has also changed. The cover photo format has been adjusted from 851 px by 315 px to 820 px by 360 px. You can also set your cover photo as a video or as a slideshow. Take a few minutes to ensure that your photos are formatted properly and appearing as you’d like and use a photo resizing tool like https://resizeimage.net/

The new Facebook is designed to feel sleek, in contrast to the old version which was starting to feel cluttered and disorganized as more features were added.

Another great update which has snuck in over time is the ability to easily see what your profile looks like to the general Facebook public. Just click the eye icon in the top toolbar under your cover photo and select “view as”. You can also quickly search for specific terms or posts/media that FB New Update - view as featureyou’ve posted in the past, which is perfect for those times when you’re looking for a specific photo or video among your years’ worth of albums and posts.

Groups and Events Tabs Given Priority

Research found that Facebook users most often gravitate towards Groups, Games and Video so the interface update focused heavily on these areas. They’ve been moved front and center from the left toolbar to the top toolbar, along with Marketplace, Pages and Home. Clicking on Groups now brings you to your own personalized feed packed with updates from your groups. You’re also provided with suggestions for other groups based on ones you’re already a member of. Clicking on Watch brings up an entire newsfeed of videos FB has selected for you.

It’s easier than ever to find Events as well. Upcoming classes, concerts, adventures and anything else coming up next is displayed within the Events tab. These are all curated with your current groups, likes, and interests to make it easy to weed out anything that’s not of interest.

You can browse events that are happening today, tomorrow, this week, this weekend and next week, select Interested to save the event to your calendar or click the arrow to share the event as a personal post,  send in messenger, or share to a page. One caveat—clicking “Interested” on an event notifies others that you’re going and prompts them to join the event as well. Sharing the event to your page to notify your buddies about it and gauge interest is a much less confusing way to spread the word.

Increased Privacy

Importantly, the new update was also meant to build a privacy-focused platform to help repair Facebook’s poor security reputation. In a keynote speech featuring founder Mark Zuckerberg, the Social Media guru emphasized the importance of privacy, saying, “we’re taking a more proactive role in making sure that all of our partners and developers use this service for good.” The new Facebook has been created around these six principles of privacy for all Facebook users:

  1.     Private interactions
  2.     Encryption
  3.     Reduced Permanence
  4.     Safety
  5.     Interoperability
  6.     Secure data storage

A One Size Fits All Messenger

Part of the promise for much-improved privacy are the updates to the Messenger app. It will now be encrypted end to end by default, be much faster and will use less storage. Users will also be able to watch videos together, share memories, and have their closest contacts all organized within the app for easy connection—whether that’s by phone call or instant message. Most notably, Messenger will be compatible with users on Instagram and WhatsApp for seamless communication across multiple platforms.

 

Changes across the board. Whether you love or hate the updates, the new Facebook is here to stay and will become permanent starting this month (Sept 2020).

 

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It’s official, Google is pulling the plug on Google + as of April 2, 2019—likely to avoid any April Fools’ confusion and explosion of memes poking fun at the failed platform.

Ill-fated from the start, the platform hasn’t been particularly popular among consumers and recent stats show a dismal 5 second on page rate for 90 percent of its users.

Adding to that, there have been two troubling security breaches. The first was in early 2018 where a software bug resulted in third party developers being able to access the private information of over 500,000 users. That bug was promptly patched, but the damage was done, with user engagement reaching an all-time low since the 2011 launch.

Originally, the consumer version of Google + was slated to be completely shut down by August 2019, but after the discovery of another bug affecting a whopping 5.2 million users in late 2018, it will now be shuttered a full four months ahead of the original schedule.

Although there’s no evidence that the exposed data from either incident was used (basic information like name, email address, occupation, DOB, etc…) this second breach was the final nail in the coffin of Google’s fourth attempt at consumer level social networking.

According to a mass notification from Google, “no other Google products (such as Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive, YouTube) will be shut down as part of the consumer Google+ shutdown, and the Google Account you use to sign in to these services will remain.”

Google will remove content from Google + accounts, including photos, videos, pages and Circles/Community information as the service is dismantled and is reminding all users to allow plenty of time to download content.

You might have an account and not even know it. During a big push to link Google owned apps to Google +, users were required to sign up for an account to do things like post on YouTube. Also, if you’ve received the email from Google notifying you of the closure, you definitely have an account.

To find out for sure:

  1. Log in to Gmail or any other Google account and click the button at the top right with your first initial.
  2. If there’s a Google+ link in the dropdown, you have an account

NOTE: If you have a Google+ account, back up your information before deleting your profile.  Photos and videos can be safely backed up on Google Photos or Google Drive if they aren’t already. More info here: https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1045788#photos

To delete your profile:

  1. Click the link
  2. Select Settings
  3. Scroll down until you see Delete Your Google + Profile and click Delete

Any problems, visit https://support.google.com/plus/answer/9217723 for complete details.

You’re done!

If you’re a business owner rest assured that the closure of Google + won’t affect your Local SEO, since Google + and Google My Business (the old Google Places / Google+ Local) have hardly coincided in recent years. However, you’ll want to take care to clean up the evidence of your now defunct account, lest you look like you’re behind on technology. To do this, remove the following:

– Google + links from your site

– Google + from any online or print marketing items

– Links from your email signature

– Any G+ buttons from landing pages

Google + will be gone but according to Google, its ghost will live on in enterprise networking. This will include tightening security and revamping Google+ features to business-friendly features like dashboards for analytics and engagement metrics, and optional central controls for all employees within an organization. Only time will tell how this new version will do. Will you use it?