Today, Facebook announced changes to the News Feed that will give new precedence to local news. This is part of a greater push from Facebook to make the site more friendly, and the content more relevant. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced the update via Twitter:
With the new update, you may start seeing more stories appearing in your News Feed from publishers around you. This is because Facebook is using geographical data to determine if a news publisher is in your geographical location. As a result, publishers that you follow, or that your friends share, will get a new level of precedence in your News Feed. This is great news for local publishers who tend to not have as much reach as larger sources, and Mr. Zuckerberg hopes that these updates will help to make people more civically aware.
In addition, Facebook is also testing a new section called Today In, which will allow you to connect more deeply with news and information from your area. While the feature is still in testing, only users from New Orleans, La.; Little Rock, Ark.; Billings, Mont.; Peoria, Ill.; Olympia, Wash.; and Binghamton, N.Y. will have access. So we are especially interested to hear from you if you are currently benefiting from Today In. Expansion to more locations is planned to occur within the next few months.
While today's update is only live in the US, Facebook has plans to expand to more countries later in the year. We are always curious to hear your thoughts on the day's news. Will these changes improve your Facebook experience? Let us know in the comments.