Want to share your bucket list as a status update on Facebook? Soon you will be able to; the social network is rolling out an “old school” feature allowing you to create and share colourful lists with your friends.
Status updates on Facebook have come a long way since they first appeared as one of the most integral interactive features on the platform. Today, they have expanded into a veritable toolkit of creativity, allowing users to upload anything from photos and videos, to GIFs, text with colourful backgrounds, polls, and much more. Now, Facebook is adding a new feature called “Lists” to status updates, allowing you make and share any list you want – places to visit, business ideas, resolutions, and anything else you fancy.
Lists can be decorated with colourful backgrounds and even emoji, to make them stand out. The feature is not available to all users at the moment as it just started rolling out globally this week, but should be making its way to your account soon. Features like this one just go to show how much Facebook really wants its users to start sharing more personal information with each other. This goes hand in hand with Facebook’s recent News Feed algorithm change, which brings friends to the forefront of the Facebook experience.
Lists encourage users to share more and generate interactions with friends, something that was lost to a certain degree over the years, due to the explosion of other content on Facebook. In fact, personal updates have declined over time, and Facebook wants them back. In a way, the company is trying to reconnect with its old self – a more “personal” platform. Perhaps it’s even trying to become more of a “creative” platform.
Oh, and when Facebook says information from these new Lists would not be used for ad-targeting purposes, somehow we don’t believe it.