Facebook Drafts Paper App With Several New Features


Facebook Paper

Paper is the news reading app launched by Facebook earlier this year, and today the social network rolled out multiple new features. While not necessarily a significant update, the changes bring welcomed functionality.

Users can now view events and birthdays from the notifications tab, and add photo comments to posts. It’s now easier to see which Groups you’re a member of have new updates, and there are nine new Article Covers.

Article Covers are basically the design around articles you are reading or discovering from specific sites, and here are the latest publishers Facebook is working with:

  • Bloomberg News
  • FT (Financial Times)
  • Fox News
  • Vanity Fair
  • Popular Science
  • The Hollywood Reporter
  • Mashable
  • Hacker News
  • kottke

From the official Paper blog:

“This update includes basic accessibility support, and an arrow indicator that tells you when there are new stories in other sections. We’re also continually working to make the app faster and more reliable.”

Facebook says that Paper users, on average, explore 80 stories across five to six sections every day.

Here are the most popular sections:

  • Facebook
  • Headlines
  • Tech
  • Ideas
  • LOL
  • Pop Life

While the social network won’t disclose how many users Paper has, in an interview with Mashable, Product Manager Michael Reckhow hints that it has yet to take off:

“Facebook knows how to grow products to be hundred million and billion [user] products, so we have a lot of great teams and tools to learn from. We have no doubt that we can grow the product down the road.”

Paper is currently only available on iOS, and there are no reports of when (or if) it’ll arrive on Android.


Mike Stenger

Lover of technology, Mike often makes jokes that nobody laughs at.

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