Facebook has announced a new feature called the Interest List that allows users to compile “interest lists” around topics, wherein the top stories from each interest will appear on newsfeed. The new feature will be rolled out in the coming weeks, and will allow users to create a list in which they can subscribe to their friends, brands, celebrities and others present on the social network.
The new Interest List feature on Facebook is similar to Twitter's list feature or Google's Reader, which allows users to create a small list of subscribed social news. However, Facebook's Interest List is much easier to curate and customise news feeds. The social networking giant says its new feature turns the service into a personalised newspaper. Facebook users can create their own lists and share them, or can keep them private. Users can also subscribe to lists shared by others.
"Interest lists can help you turn Facebook into your own personalised newspaper, with special sections—or feeds—for topics that matter to you. You can find traditional news sections like Business, Sports and Style or get much more personalized—like Tech News, NBA Players, and Art Critics," Eric Faller, a Facebook software engineer, wrote in a blog post.
With the new Interest List, Facebook is now trying to fill up the gaps which it had left. The social networking giant recently updated its photo viewer. The new Interest List will definitely allow Facebook to grab attention of those who have been using other social networks such as Twitter and Google to create a personalised information.