As the tech press converge to hear the latest from Facebook at its f8 developer confab today, millions of Facebook users are already grappling with a cascade of change. Is there more to come? Oh, yes — and we’ll have on-the-scene insights from our mobile editor Tom Krazit in San Francisco and our UK editor Robert Andrews in London. We’ll also be streaming Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote live at 1:00 eastern.
On tap: enhanced ways to make media and entertainment a core part of the Facebook experience. (Details of the feature to listen with friends was leaked by Facebook’s creative director yesterday.)
Other features that Facebook has revealed in the last week include a host of enhancements that help it better compete with (and keep users away from) other social networks like Twitter and the still-new Google+. A “subscribe” feature gives people the option to follow feeds from users that do not follow them back, not unlike Twitter, and takes that concept one step further. In addition to following feeds from other users, users can also tailor what news they would like to follow, as well as categorize their own status updates, a kind of filtering that has yet to reach Twitter.
On the subject of filtering, Facebook has also extended that to how it manages lists of friends — the groups that exist in Google’s G+ network. But unlike Google’s Groups, these are generated initially by Facebook itself based on conversations on the site.
This week’s re-vamp of the main Facebook page, including an apparently addictive ticker of friends’ activities and a new way of streaming news from friends, has inspired a lot of angst among users, with many complaining about how their feeds are clogged up with people complaining about Facebook, but many others noting that the changes took effect just as Google (NSDQ: GOOG) was trying to open its Google+ to the wider world to ramp up usage.
Stay tuned for more.