8 Updates That Changed Facebook This Year

2011 was a great year for Facebook, at least in terms of the upgrades that they came up with. Facebook has undergone tremendous changes in their User Interface, Privacy controls and how they monetize their site. Facebook has become both easier as well tougher to hang around.

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Let us see what all changes occurred in Facebook’s face this year. I am going to deal only the major ones.

[stextbox id=”info”]#1 Timeline[/stextbox]

The first and foremost of all. The Timeline that was introduced during f8 this year received mixed responses. People both hated as well as loved it. It totally revolutionized our profile pages with an approach that was so different. Now it available to all and many didn’t change to it yet.

Related: Beware, Facebook Cover Photos are Public by Default

[stextbox id=”info”]#2 Ticker[/stextbox]

Ticker was the most hated update that Facebook rolled out this year. People commented that it revealed much of the sensitive information of theirs totally open. It underwent various changes, but still remains on the right sidebar of Facebook. Facebook even tried to monetize through the ticker.

[stextbox id=”info”]#3 Inline Privacy Controls[/stextbox]

This is by far the best thing that Facebook has ever done to protect their users privacy online. This update made many people aware of the privacy settings available and helped them apply to their posts and photos with ease.

[stextbox id=”info”]#4 Smart Lists[/stextbox]

Smart lists were a part of the several security technologies that Facebook introduced this year, nicknamed as the Immune system, which included a social verification systems, partnership with WoT and more. Of all those Smart Lists proved to be very useful, considered as a direct answer to Google+’s circles, this really helped users in arranging their friends in a helpful manner.

Related: Reorder Your Lists in Facebook Using the Google Circles Interface.

[stextbox id=”info”]#5 Subscribe Button[/stextbox]

Subscribe button was considered as a move to mimic Twitter’s capabilities, but subscribe button helped us to cleanup our feeds and also hear from celebrities in Facebook without even becoming their friends. Later the Subscribe feature was made available on Facebook Comments Plugin and also on websites.

[stextbox id=”info”]#6 Sponsored Ads[/stextbox]

Facebook also took a new step in increasing it revenue by monetizing the site in different ways that weren’t imagined before. They introduced Sponsored Stories which was Facebook’s best-performing type of advertisement and they are planning to move it to the news feeds soon.

[stextbox id=”info”]#7 Changes to Facebook Pages[/stextbox]

Several changed were done to Facebook Pages, Which helped page administrators to manage and create quality content with ease. Changes like the Friend activity, Talking about this and several advanced analytics were provided.

[stextbox id=”info”]#8 Video Chat[/stextbox]

This update allowed Facebook users to make video calls to their friends. This was powered by Skype and created a lot of buzz and was considered as Facebook’s answer to Google+’s Hangouts. This took Facebook chat to the next level. But I am not sure about the popularity of it now.

To take a look at all Facebook changes that we reported this year, go to this page.

Also Read: 100+ Funny Facebook Statuses

This list would have missed several minor updates that Facebook had undergone this year. If you think we missed out something big, tell us through the comments below. Which Update did you like the most out of this ? Let us know through the comments and don’t forget to like our Facebook Page.