As a Facebook enthusiast, I recently noticed something different in my timeline. Instead of the average white text box status update from friends, they were in a variety of colored text boxes. I looked into this to discover it is something new that Facebook is testing to make personal text “statuses” more modern and less boring than the usual white background.
Facebook is trying out this new feature that allows you to personalize what you share with a paint palette of color. How cool is that? The catch is you cannot use this feature for video posts, links or images. It is so amazing that instead of having to go with the default white background you can personalize things.
It has been confirmed by a Facebook spokesperson that this change is intended to help people make their text posts more visual.
- Tap on the “What’s on your mind” status bar, then start typing your message
- Choose the color of choice that is below your text and tap post
Currently, they are offering eight color options with more planned to choose from: white, orange, yellow, orange gradient, red-orange, green and blue gradient and, pink and purple gradient, and grey.
Right now this feature is only available to Android users, but anyone on Facebook can see these stylized posts. Sorry iOS users, they are working on it for you and those using a desktop computer.
When I use Facebook, it is not to get news updates from around the world. It is more to see what is going on with my real friends as well as my Facebook-only friends. Having this option makes me excited. I was never one of those kids that liked the 8-count box of Crayola Crayons. I liked the big 64-count box. You can bet on no more boring white text updates from me. You see folks, sometimes it is the little things. Apparently, in testing and user feedback someone must have suggested this. Let’s hope it sticks around.
It kind of reminds me a bit of what you might see on Instagram. Keep things modern-looking and fresh and not boring. Change is not always good, but in some cases being able to personalize your texts makes them pop out and catch the reader’s eye.
Have you seen any of these new-style text updates on Facebook yet?
What do you think of them? Should they stay or should they go?