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More Facebook Changes: The Great Parenting Time Suck

Facebook news feed changes designed to make it easier to spend more time on the site.

Be honest. How much time do you spend a day on Facebook? I can’t really gauge my time accurately because it’s all tied into how I make a living. But, if I had no monetary reason to post links and try to encourage people to read what I write, how much time would I spend on Facebook?

I dunno.

I do know that I’ve found myself engrossed in Facebook, stalking old friends, checking out pictures all while my daughter dances around my feet begging me to play with her. Yup. I’ve done that. Have you?

Now, the reasons to spend more time on Facebook just multiplied as major changes are being announced.  The changes, revealed in a blog posting by Facebook’s Mark Tonkelowitz, are designed to make the content appearing on news feeds more relevant.

Here’s what you can expect when you log on today:

Tonkelowitz explained how the news feed will work now by comparing it to reading the front page of the newspaper:

When you pick up a newspaper after not reading it for a week, the front page quickly clues you into the most interesting stories. In the past, News Feed hasn’t worked like that.  Updates slide down in chronological order so it’s tough to zero in on what matters most.

Now, News Feed will act more like your own personal newspaper. You won’t have to worry about missing important stuff. All your news will be in a single stream with the most interesting stories featured at the top. If you haven’t visited Facebook for a while, the first things you’ll see are top photos and statuses posted while you’ve been away. They’re marked with an easy-to-spot blue corner.

A new Ticker has also been revealed, which allows updates to be shared in real time, which should keep you from missing things your friends post.  The feature allows users to react to comments, photos and check-ins without losing their place on the site.

Here is more on the Facebook news feed changes.  Judging by the thousands of comments I’ve seen all over the internet, people aren’t digging it.  What about you?  Do you like the changes?  Will you spend more time on Facebook or are you already freaked out about how much time you’re spending there while shirking your other parenting responsibilities?  Or is Facebook a much-need lifeline for you?  Is it how you chat with other parents with whom you have something in common and can then better handle the trials and tribulations of parenthood?

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