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Facebook has updated Facebook Notes, a feature available to all users, with one focus: to help you write better-looking, media-rich posts. Facebook Notes seems to be a competitor to Medium, the long-form blogging tool for Twitter Medium 1.0 Redesigns The Reading And Writing Experience Medium 1.0 Redesigns The Reading And Writing Experience Medium just had its first major update, pushing it to version 1. Stories have been redesigned to look better and have more impact, also changing how collections work to enable curation and improve discoverability. Read More , but it’s integrated tightly into the world’s largest social network.

Notes has been around for some time, but never really received a lot of attention. Partly, that’s because Notes has looked and felt outdated for some time now. And also because as we know, short posts get more likes, long posts get more shares How to Get More Likes and Shares on Facebook, According to Researchers How to Get More Likes and Shares on Facebook, According to Researchers It's not easy to get likes and shares on Facebook. Sure, you'll get a few, but how do you really maximize the engagement on a post? Researchers have a few ideas. Read More .

The new update makes Notes look modern and beautiful, and also makes it easier to write notes and publish them on one of the fastest growing social networks Here Are the Fastest Growing Social Networks You Need to Join Here Are the Fastest Growing Social Networks You Need to Join While Facebook holds the lion's share of the social market, new services like Kik, Snapchat and WhatsApp threaten to break Facebook's stranglehold on the social Internet. Read More .

How to Access New Facebook Notes

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On desktop, by default, Notes might not be activated in your Facebook profile. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go to your Facebook profile and click the “More” drop-down options.
  2. Click the checkbox next to “Notes” in the options, and click+drag it around if you want to reorder this list.
  3. Click “Save” and you’re done.

Otherwise, you can skip all this and just go to www.facebook.com/notes to be taken directly to the Notes you can see, or to compose your own.

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On mobile, in the search bar at the top, type “Notes” and select Notes by Facebook.

In both versions, only notes written with the new Notes update will show up in the new format. Your old notes will still be displayed in the old Facebook Notes format.

What You Can Do With Facebook Notes

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Beautiful Formatting: Facebook Notes is about making your words look good. You can add a large cover photo, just like adding a cover picture for your timeline How To Create Amazing Facebook Cover Pictures For Your Timeline How To Create Amazing Facebook Cover Pictures For Your Timeline The Facebook cover photo crowns your Timeline. You can choose a stunning photograph and keep it simple or create an eye-catching composition. No place on Facebook is better suited to show off your creativity and... Read More . You can also insert photos in the write-up, either from your Facebook photo album or by uploading from your hard drive. The end result is a beautiful reading experience, which looks great on both mobile and desktop.

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Rich Text Editor: Modern blogging platforms focus on beauty and ease of creation. Tumblr’s recent update made it easier to compose posts Forget Medium: Tumblr Just Got A Facelift Forget Medium: Tumblr Just Got A Facelift Spurred on by Medium's already-gorgeous writing interface, Tumblr has just rolled out a clean post creation interface designed to inspire more longform content on the site. Read More . That’s what Facebook Notes wants to do. You can create a new note and add a beautiful cover photo and rely on the rich text editor’s tools, which include:

  • Heading 1
  • Heading 2
  • Bulleted list
  • Numbered list
  • Pull quote
  • Non-formatted code
  • Bold or italics
  • Serif or Mono fonts
  • Hyperlinks
  • Save Drafts

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Tagging People on Facebook: Since Notes is a part of Facebook, you can tag people on the social network. So if you mention a friend in a Note, then type that person’s name starting with an @ or a capitalized first letter. From the dropdown list of suggested names, pick the person you want to tag.

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Selective Sharing: Just like you can control who sees your photos or posts Facebook Photo Privacy Settings You Need To Know About Facebook Photo Privacy Settings You Need To Know About Read More , Facebook Notes can be set to Public (anyone can see, on or off Facebook), Friends (your friends on Facebook), groups, only you, or more.

What You Can’t Do With Facebook Notes

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No Videos: Right now, you can’t add videos in Facebook Notes, which is a huge letdown. You can’t even embed your own Facebook videos. There is no way to mess around with the HTML of a Facebook Note, so you can’t embed the relevant part of a YouTube video 4 Ways to Easily Embed Part of a YouTube Video 4 Ways to Easily Embed Part of a YouTube Video We have shared quite a few useful YouTube-related tips so far. Here are 10 YouTube URL tricks to play with as well as some YouTube annoyances and ways to get rid of them. You may... Read More .

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No Rich Editor on Mobile: The mobile version of Facebook Notes shows the new format when reading posts, and that’s fantastic to read. However, the new rich text editor isn’t available on mobile. You’re stuck with the horrible old Notes interface, which is unpleasant to use.

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No GIFs: Animated GIFs are a language of the Internet GIFs, The Language Of The Web: Their History, Culture, and Future GIFs, The Language Of The Web: Their History, Culture, and Future Read More now, and it’s great that Facebook recently supported GIFs 4 Brilliant Facebook Tricks You'll Love Messing With [Weekly Facebook Tips] 4 Brilliant Facebook Tricks You'll Love Messing With [Weekly Facebook Tips] Here's a bunch of useful tips you can try out to get around Facebook nuisances. They're also really fun to use, so you might find yourself playing with them a lot! Read More . But you can’t run animated GIFs on Facebook Notes yet.

Facebook Notes vs. Medium vs. Others

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It’s tempting to compare Facebook Notes to Medium, Tumblr, and other modern blogging platforms. But the Facebook-only photos and lack of video and YouTube embeds makes the others superior to write blog posts.

The biggest thing in favor of Facebook is its enormous reach. A recent analysis showed that Facebook drives more traffic to news sites than Google. That number is a little hard to digest at face value, but the underlying message of Facebook’s incredible ability to make people read your thoughts is clear.

Plus, by going directly to a platform where your friends and family and comment on what you are saying, you are reducing friction. If I can read your post in my Facebook feed without leaving my Facebook app, and even comment on it, I’m more likely to click.

Facebook has some great new changes 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 , but Notes is among the most exciting ones. While it’s still not ready to be a blogging platform by itself, it’s a good attempt. If you have more questions about Notes, check the Facebook Notes FAQ first.

Would you want to switch from Medium or Tumblr to Facebook, given the wider reach on Facebook?

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