Facebook’s interest in publishing continues to evolve. A redesign of its blog-like Notes tool, which lets you post longer updates with photos to your friends, is now rolling out. The move, which was first spotted last month as Facebook began testing it, marks the first time Notes has been updated in years. “Facebook has always been a place to share your thoughts with friends, and notes are a meaningful way for people to do that,” the company said in a blog post. I guess ?
Since the last time Notes was updated, Facebook has worked to make itself a better destination for public sharing. Though Notes is still relatively bare-bones, the update brings some much-needed customization features to the feature. Users now have access to a set of basic text formatting tools — like headers, block quotes and bulleted and numbered lists — and can add cover images to each note.
You can also bold, underline and italicize text via keyboard shortcuts, though there are no built-in buttons offered for those features. Some of these formatting options, and the ability to embed photos, were available in previous versions of Notes. But the redesign makes the feature much more elegant. With a new font and more visually appealing layout, Notes now look more like blog posts than extended status updates.
As we noted when Facebook first began experimenting with the new look, the change also makes Facebook loos a lot more like Medium, the blogging startup created by Twitter cofounder Ev Williams. You can check out the new Notes on Facebook’s website and apps now. Unfortunately, note creation is limited to the web at the moment. Facebook didn’t say whether this may eventually change.