Facebook Gives Notes a Visual Overhaul

By Justin Lafferty Comment

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Facebook has long been rumored to become a bigger player in the blogging space, propping up its understated Notes feature.

After Facebook acquired the team behind Storylane in 2013, many speculated that Facebook was planning to revamp Notes or offer some kind of blogging platform.

It appears that time has come.

As first noticed by developer Dave Winer, Facebook appears to have adapted to a more visually-friendly Notes format.

Facebook confirmed to SocialTimes that they are testing a new Notes format:

We’re testing an update to Notes to make it easier for people to create and read longer-form stories on Facebook.

The new Notes posts even look greatly different on a user’s timeline.

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Wired published a great timeline of Notes’ evolution from the collegiate “25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me” type posts to a potential sleeping giant in the blogging space.

It would make sense, as Facebook tries to keep users within its big, blue walls, to host a blogging platform to compete with Medium, WordPress and others — where many bloggers externally link on Facebook.

451 Research analyst Alan Pelz-Sharpe told Wired that it may be signaling a trend that long-form blogging may be back en vogue among younger users:

Blogging’s one of those odd ones that seems to be trendy again. It was very popular seven, eight, nine years ago. People obviously did carry on blogging, but it sort of went away from the spotlight. It’s actually getting very popular with teenagers again, who are going through that whole journaling move. … It’s a lot richer data to mine as well. If you sit down to write a mini-essay, you’re sharing a lot of information there.

However, many users still have the old school look on a Note.

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Readers: What do you think of the Notes redesign test?