BBC News added a control panel to its Facebook page, allowing users of the social network to manage the flow of content to their news feeds.
The control panel on the BBC News Facebook page permits users to select content by geographic region, topic, and reporter.
Content shared to users’ news feeds will be in the form of short headlines and updates.
However, the news organization may experiment with longer posts, as the main BBC Facebook feed does, to promote feature stories, graphics, or video.
BBC News Website Product Manager Gareth Owen said in a post on the BBC Internet blog:
We can see from our referral information that this change in user habits is in large part down to the growing amount of time many are now spending using social network services such as Facebook or Twitter. The number of clicks to BBC News stories from Facebook, for example, is now over 14 times higher than it was at the end of 2008. Almost a quarter of a million individual users start their BBC News website journey via a link on Facebook every day.
Now, if you choose to like the BBC News Facebook page, you’ll be presented with a control panel of options. You can also get to it at any time using the link on the left-hand side of our Facebook page.
This allows you to select for your Facebook news feed, all in one place, your favorite BBC correspondents and programs and the latest headlines on the subjects you care most about.
To help you find the sections that are most relevant to you, you’ll see slightly different options based on your location.