In order to maintain its place as the leading social media website, Facebook keeps improving and changing faster than we can keep up with it. No more than a couple of months ago, Facebook announced new feature: nearby friends and today it makes some highly-desirable tweaks about auto-sharing your activity.
Facebook Stops Auto-Sharing Your Activity
Take a look at your personal Facebook news feed and you will see plenty of things that people have not originally posted on Facebook. Facebook seems to have gotten the hint that auto-sharing isn’t a thing that people appreciate that much and now it plans to stop auto-sharing your activity, which is going to translate in a much aerated news feed with a much more to the point news feed.
Facebook doesn’t like spam, it never did and this new move comes in an effort to reduce the auto-shared spam, the third party apps that post stories on behalf of its users. For example, you’re listening to songs on Spotify today and you have allowed Spotify to post on your behalf on Facebook, then your friends will see the songs you’re listening to on Spotify. Or, if you share a photo on Instagram, and you have your Instagram account linked to your Facebook account, then your photo will pop up on the Facebook news feed.
While sometimes, that can be quite cool and helpful, other times it can prove to be infuriating and annoying. Also, apps that usually auto-share your activity, such as Socialcam, will be forced to prompt users with the option to bow out before the app posts a video on their own timelines.
But don’t get too excited, as it seems Facebook isn’t shutting down auto-sharing your activity completely! It’s only prioritizing shared stories over automated posts, for starters. Which means that if a user has shared a photo on Facebook and one on Instagram, the one on shared on Facebook has priority.
This change is going to make things easier for Facebook users, as it simplifies the news feed, but auto-sharing your activity is what helped Facebook grow so much and become the giant that it is today. Some believe that this move is part of Facebook’s desire to reinvent itself as a more conscientious company. Besides, stories that are share explicitly rather than implicitly will always garner more interest.
It could be a smart move, we think. What are your thoughts on this move by Facebook? Are you relieved to hear that your news feed won’t be flooded with those types of shared posts or did you like them?