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A new version of Facebook Notes is in the works, get your oversharing muscles ready

By dkpope
Aug 17, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src="http://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/08/2015-08-17-image.png" /></p> <p>In the late aughts Facebook was still new to high schoolers like me, and notes were the cooler version of email. Friends would write notes and then tag me, and I&rsquo;d respond with my own totally interesting list of facts.</p> <p>After reading a post on The Next Web about a possible <a href="http://thenextweb.com/facebook/2015/08/17/through-the-medium-of-facebook/">revival of the ancient Facebook feature</a>, I looked through my notes and laughed. One was &ldquo;The 16 Fact Lowdown&rdquo; and another was simply &ldquo;twenty-five.&rdquo; Highlights include: 3. Toys R Us is my least liked store. I absolutely hate shopping there. 9. I really, really do not like opening my eyes underwater.&quot; And the surprisingly aware: &quot;16. I believe the epidemic of this generation is TMI...which would beg the question why I&#39;m doing this survey thing....but....&quot; Riveting stuff.</p> <p><img src="http://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/08/2015-08-17-image-2.png" /></p> <p>Fast forward to today, yes I still don&rsquo;t like Toys R Us, but that&rsquo;s beside the point. Some Facebook users have been given an updated version of Notes that looks a lot like Medium, everyone&rsquo;s favorite minimalist storytelling site. Facebook told The Next Web that they&rsquo;re testing a different approach to Notes that they hope will encourage people to write and share long form posts in-house, rather than on other blogging platforms.</p> <p>The new approach they&rsquo;re testing includes large cover photos, user tagging, photo resizing, links and hashtags, and the same sharing options as regular posts.</p> <p>A commenter also pointed out that designers behind the first version of Medium recently joined Facebook, so that could explain the visual similarities.</p> <p>Now excuse me as I go delete those old notes before they ever see the light of day again.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='http://www.techspot.com/news/61781-new-version-facebook-notes-works-get-oversharing-muscles.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='http://www.techspot.com/news/61781-new-version-facebook-notes-works-get-oversharing-muscles.html'>http://www.techspot.com/news/61781-new-version-facebook-notes-works-get-oversharing-muscles.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]

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