Facebook introduces News Feed
In 2006, Facebook redesigned its system to add News Feed and Mini-Feed features, which the company said were intended to give users information about their social world. The News Feed was designed to provide a constantly updated stream of stories including updates from each user's Friends and Facebook groups, along with news stories tailored to their interests. Mini-Feed collected each user's updates into a new section on their profile page. Almost immediately, public backlash forced company CEO Mark Zuckerberg to issue an apology and provide privacy controls allowing users to choose what information their Friends could see. However, users were not given the choice of disabling the feeds entirely.
tags: Facebook, privacy settings, usability, design
Writer: Pete Cashmore