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Facebook is at it again – we’re only a few weeks into 2016, and there are already several new changes to the world’s most popular social network, with some other significant changes set to be released later this year.

While not all of these features are available to all users yet (Facebook has a habit of rolling out new features 9 Updates to Social Media That Happened When You Weren't Looking 9 Updates to Social Media That Happened When You Weren't Looking Most of the time updates to social media come with a lot of attention, but new updates to Facebook, Twitter Instagram, Tumblr, and Snapchat may have passed you by! Read More incredibly slowly) they’re indicative that Facebook isn’t content to just stick with the status quo. These updates show that Facebook is keenly focused on building on its successes, fixing its mis-steps, and throwing in one or two features just for fun.

From the silly (a new Facebook Chess game to play with your friends), to the serious (businesses now have access to “local insights”), to the seriously overdue (the ability to post in multiple languages at the same time), these ten new Facebook tricks 6 New Features and Changes to Facebook You Should Know 6 New Features and Changes to Facebook You Should Know It's difficult to keep up with Facebook changes, or know what's new and useful. So we are revisiting the best things to come from Facebook recently, in case you missed any of them. Read More should definitely be in your repertoire for 2016.

1. Posting in Multiple Languages

Facebook pages often cater to clients who speak multiple languages, but before now they often had to rely on posting several sequential version of a post in different languages, having different pages for users who spoke different languages, or relying on Facebook’s often-iffy automatic translations.


Now, Facebook offers page owners the chance to create a post in multiple languages How To Post In Multiple Languages On Facebook How To Post In Multiple Languages On Facebook It's important to make it easy for people who don't speak English to understand your Facebook posts, where posts can travel between countries very quickly and are seen in a matter of seconds. Read More  so that you can be certain you are saying exactly what you intend in a way that can be understood by everyone who follows your page.

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You can enable this feature (its default setting is ‘off’) through Page Settings > General > Post in Multiple Languages > Allow. The default language will be displayed initially, but users will be able to select their preferred language out of a drop-down menu that showcases the languages you have entered.

2. Facebook Chess

Over the past several years a large number of web features have slowly been replaced by Facebook features 5 Legendary Web Tools Replaced By Facebook Features 5 Legendary Web Tools Replaced By Facebook Features With Facebook passing 1.44 billion active users last April, the social networking giant appears unbeatable. And as it introduces more and more features, it is slowly edging out smaller apps and services out of the... Read More .


True to this trend, Facebook recently announced the integration of chess into their Messenger service. While the game can initially be a little confusing (it must be played through text commands directed at @fbchess), it can be a great way to pass the time with a friend using the Messenger app or on the Facebook website.

To start a game, send the message “@fbchess play” to any friend you would like to challenge. If either of you are confused, Ben’s article on how to play chess using Facebook Messenger Did You Know You Can Play Chess Inside Facebook Messenger? Did You Know You Can Play Chess Inside Facebook Messenger? There are lots of ways to play chess, but now you can conveniently do it right inside Facebook Messenger. Read More  might come in handy!

3. Private Replies to Comments on Facebook Pages

Gone are the days of carefully crafting a polite public reply to an irate commenter on your Facebook page. Now, you can choose to send a private message to any user who comments on your page, allowing you to have a private conversation and address their concerns individually.

The message option should appear immediately next to the “reply” button on the individual’s comment, and the message you send will be linked to the original content. While technically this function could be performed before using a longer series of steps, this update really helps to speed up the process, and enables page owners to be as efficient as possible while providing customer service.

4.Updated Profile Information

This feature (currently being rolled out to users) is actually a renaissance of a feature that Facebook had several years ago before the introduction of Timeline.

You are now given 101 characters to “describe who you are” in a box that appears directly above your public employment and location information. This written summary (which can be viewed publically) can also be accompanied by up to five featured photos (also available publically) that appear down the left column of your Timeline.

It will be interesting to how the Intro summary will be used (after all, it’s fewer characters than a Tweet!), and if it becomes more of a focus for Facebook moving forwards.

5. Music Stories

With music streaming services on the rise, Facebook is looking for ways to integrate music into its interface. One way that it has done this is through a “Music Stories” feature (currently only available on iOS, but anticipated to arrive on desktop soon).

This feature allows users to share 30-second clips of music from streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, NPR, Deezer, and more. The potential benefits for streaming sites are obvious (an increase in users and exposure), but it will be interesting to see how Facebook moves forwards with this feature – especially since users can currently share an entire song with friends via YouTube videos.

6. Local Insights for Businesses

A new group of features that will make a lot of difference for businesses that prioritize social media outreach are Facebook’s new local insights.


The information provided by local insights includes:

  • How many people (with location services enabled) have used Facebook within 50m of your business — including a breakdown of peak times and days of the week
  • A demographic overview of the individuals who are using Facebook near your business
  • Updates to local awareness ads that allow you to target specific geographic areas with location-specific keywords
  • An update that allows businesses with multiple locations to use different “call-to-action” buttons (such as phone numbers or directions) for each location, even if an advertisement is business-wide.

7. Facebook Mentions

Live streaming social media apps The Hottest Live-Streaming Social Apps You Need To Try The Hottest Live-Streaming Social Apps You Need To Try Instead of merely blogging, people are now sharing their expertise on YouTube, doing Q&As on Periscope and getting creative on Vine. And the audiences love it, because they can tune in while they get on... Read More like Periscope have become a popular way for celebrities to connect with their fans.


Last year Facebook joined in on the trend with the Facebook Mentions platform, which at the time was only available to celebrities. Now, Facebook Mentions has been opened up to several pages, and there are rumors that this feature will soon be accessible for the rest of Facebook’s users as well!

8. New Search Features

This update is not yet widespread, but has been noticed in beta-testing by Facebook users such as Alexander Kaufman (who took the screenshot above). This feature would allow you to search your friends’ profiles by keyword, giving you even more opportunity to dredge up posts from the past.


While I personally love being able to search my own activity on Facebook (View Activity Log > Search), I don’t know that I’d like my friends to have the same power!

Improving Facebook’s search features have been a key focus for Facebook recently — they are constantly tweaking the algorithms and search commands that users can use, and recently implemented a “friends near me” search (currently only available in a limited basis on the Facebook app), where you are able to see your friends’ locations.

9. New Event Features

Another recent area of focus for Facebook is Events. For a long time, the usefulness of Events was pretty limited – but Facebook seems to have been listening to their users Are Social Media Websites Listening to Their Users? Are Social Media Websites Listening to Their Users? Social media apps try to keep their users interested with fancy new features, but sometimes those updates just don't make sense. These four recent updates to social media sites have us scratching our heads. Read More , and is now well on its way to providing a fully functional experience.

Recent low-key updates to Events that you may or may not have noticed include better algorithms for suggesting events based on your friends’ attendance, your location, or your past attendance patterns. As well, hosts can now view read receipts for invited guests and users can now choose to be “Interested In” an event – allowing them to follow updates, add the event to their calendar, and view event information without a conclusive RSVP.

10. Integration of Uber and Messenger

There are a lot of ridiculous Facebook Messenger apps out there, but a recent partnership between Messenger and Uber may be shifting the Messenger apps platform towards more useful functions. Simply download the Uber app for Messenger and link it to an existing Uber account or create a new one.


Once you’ve taken these steps, all you have to do is press the “car” image at the bottom of your messenger screen (it may be hidden behind the “…” button) and you can order an Uber to your current location directly through Messenger – no app switching required!

What Could Be Coming Next?

This has already been a big couple months for Facebook, and our social media predictions Top Social Media Predictions For 2016 Top Social Media Predictions For 2016 This time last year, we published our 2015 social media predictions. It seems those predictions were proven accurate, so we thought we’d do the same for 2016. Read More have us expecting even more from the rest of 2016.

Is there a feature that Facebook hasn’t added yet that you can’t believe they’re still missing? What do you want to see? Let me know in the comments!

  1. Phil N
    October 11, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Why should I know about something I don't use?

    • Briallyn Smith
      October 12, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Sorry, Phil! I'm sure there's other articles on MakeUseOf that fit your interests a little better :)

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  3. Taresa
    August 5, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    It would be really nice and time saving, to have a "Select All" button when inviting friends to an event I created.

    • Briallyn Smith
      October 12, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Oh my goodness, agreed! It's crazy how irritating that can get!

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  5. We dy
    July 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I'd like to be able to post something and post to a group such as"friends" and be able to omit a person on that list.

  6. Tonya Benson
    July 17, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    It would be nice to have catagories so that when sharing such as recipes it could go to just that and you'd not have to search timeline to find it. Also birthday, family, friends such as the albums but a button to select category so it goes to that section but still comes through timeline as usual.

    • Briallyn Smith
      July 19, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Hi Tonya - I agree with you! The more I use Facebook to access information and things like recipes (like you said!) the more disorganized I feel! Here's hoping they come up with a solution for this soon!

  7. Bob
    July 12, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Would like to be able to see all comments made BEFORE they are public on the page and deny publicity to those I feel are inappropriate

    • Briallyn Smith
      July 19, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Hi Bob - I agree with you there :( It would be nice if Facebook had an option that allowed for comment moderation!

  8. Kimberly
    May 27, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    How can I make a picture I posted to my profile without loosing the likes and comments? They will not transfer when I change it

    • Briallyn Smith
      July 19, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Hi Kimberly - this is actually one of my all-time biggest frustrations with Facebook. Unfortunately, there just isn't a way for this to happen right now :(

  9. Caroline
    May 16, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    How can i send private message or reply without messenger app.?

    • Briallyn Smith
      May 24, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Hi Caroline – the best way to do that is to use your Facebook profile on a browser :)

  10. sajid
    April 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    nice post sir

    • Briallyn Smith
      May 24, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Thank you, Sajid! :)

  11. Jaime
    April 19, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I can't see coments on Facebook sites. I don't hace a Facebook account. Last week it disappear and no longer be available to see before that I can see comments on Facebook sites.

    • Briallyn Smith
      April 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Hi Jaime - unfortunately, the best way to see those comments is probably to get a Facebook account so that you can ensure you have full access. Hope that helps!

  12. MX
    March 9, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Disable last seen make it more private

    • Briallyn Smith
      March 12, 2016 at 4:32 am

      I've definitely wanted that option once or twice recently :) Thanks for the comment, MX!

  13. Fik of borg
    March 9, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Facebook search has been mostly useless for a while. How about bringing back the old search page, in which one could search by adding or removing independent criteria such as Gender, Places lived, age range, etc.?

    • Briallyn Smith
      March 9, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Ugh! That's so true - I know they tried to make it more intuitive with the "Who lives in..." word commands (Angela has a really great summary here - but it's definitely not as simple as it was when you could see the criteria that were available!

  14. kumar k
    March 5, 2016 at 5:16 am

    how about whats app and Facebook messanger integration,
    That would be cool right, with one app using both functionalities

    • Briallyn Smith
      March 8, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      That's a really good point, Kumar! If I had creative control at Facebook, I'd definitely try to make that happen.

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