Social Media Newsfeed: News Feed Announcement | Google+ Redesign

By Tim Sohn 

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Face-Lift at Facebook, to Keep its Users Engaged (The New York Times)
Facebook plans to announce today a substantial redesign of its News Feed — a makeover aimed at both keeping users glued to the social network and luring more advertising dollars. Company executives have broadly said they want to make the News Feed, the first page every user sees upon logging in, more relevant. CNET The company, according to TechCrunch, will allow for new ways to dive into News Feed. Members will reportedly be able to scan a photos-only feed of Facebook and Instagram images or check out the listening habits of friends in a feed dedicated to all things music. Images will be bigger, and ads will be harder to ignore. ABC News The event comes after the social network announced last week that it bought Atlas, a digital advertising company, from Microsoft. The acquisition, Facebook says, will help advertising with targeting audiences on the Web and through mobile. The Huffington Post The company is always trying to improve its products, increase engagement and grow. Here’s a recap on how Facebook has changed News Feed since it debuted in 2006. AllFacebook Besides working on News Feed, the social network has also been testing some changes on timeline — for the select few who have the newest version. Facebook has revamped the “about,” section, giving users more options and allowing them to name shows and movies that they’d want to watch in the future.

Google Plus Announces Redesign One Day Before Facebook’s News Feed Announcement (AllFacebook)
What a coincidence: The day before Facebook is set to reveal changes to its news feed, rival social network Google Plus revealed a redesign of its profile pages. Google Plus product manager Sara McKinley announced the changes on — where else — a post on her Google Plus page, and they include a local reviews tab, more flexibility in editing users’ information under the about tab and larger cover photos. Mashable Users will gradually start to see some new features added throughout the social network. Similar to photos and +1 buttons, users will be able to highlight reviews and favorite restaurants. TechCrunch The About tab now features a completely new design that organizes all of your information into separate Google Now-like cards (Basic Information, People, Story, Work, Places, Links, etc.). As before, you can obviously still share specific fields with select circles, and all of the new cards also feature prominent “edit” links that make keeping your profile updated a little bit easier. Testing Promoted Posts with iReach, a PR Newswire Company (VentureBeat)
Automattic, the company behind and its 3.6 billion monthly pageviews, is testing a new native advertising monetization option with its massive blogging community: promoted posts. Some WordPress users have noticed the test, which WordPress is running in conjunction with iReach, a service of PR Newswire. The pitch is simple: “Get more views and traffic.”

Twitter’s Updated App Makes Search Faster and Easier (AllTwitter)
You may have noticed older tweets coming up in search since Twitter’s update last month and thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice to see top tweets that were most relevant to my search popping up first?” Well, as Twitter is the nicest virtual place on Earth (yes, just like Disney World), they’ve updated their app with this ability – and a few more.

Quora Expands its Smartypants Walled Garden to Include Reviews (AllThingsD)
Q&A site Quora is opening up another plot in its walled-garden version of the Internet: Reviews. Starting Wednesday, the site allowed writers to post written reviews and star ratings of movies, apps and cars and other topics.

Flesh Out Your Fictional Character on Reddit (GalleyCat)
At the IAmAFiction subreddit, you can actually take your fictional character out into the world – interacting with readers and answering questions in character to help your writing process. The group was inspired by real-life interviews on Reddit, giving creators a forum to test their characters.

Police Would Need Warrants for Email, Phone Tracking, Bill Says (CNET News)
The FBI and other police agencies would be required to obtain search warrants before reading Americans’ email or tracking their mobile devices under a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday. It’s not a new proposal: Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat whose district includes the heart of Silicon Valley, announced almost exactly the same measure last fall.

Sheryl Sandberg Takes Her Message to Wall Street (The New York Times/Dealbook)
Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, is heading to Wall Street with her message about women in the workplace. Sandberg, whose book “Lean In” is scheduled to be published on Monday, is visiting three big banks and a consulting firm this week for private events with women to discuss the ideas in her book.

Path 3.0 Adds Private Messaging and The Shop, with ‘Handcrafted’ Stickers and Premium Photo Filters (The Next Web)
Path 3.0 for iOS adds two major features to the private social network. The first is the ability to privately message your fellow users, and the second is The Shop, part of Path’s ongoing effort to monetize its app.