I’m never one to give Facebook a pass on the shady things it does, but sometimes the social media giant does do something awesome, and the new Notes feature for Pages is exactly that. My friend Toby Harriman just pointed it out to me, and this Note he made looks strikingly… un-Facebook. Perhaps that’s what is so appealing about it. It looks like Facebook is finally doing something with the Notes feature, something that has been pretty much ignored since Facebook started.
In fact, it looks more like a Behance project or a Medium post than anything Facebook has done in the past, and that’s a good thing. Leading off his Note is a blog-like set of intro paragraphs and a pleasantly trimmed header, all customizable from within Notes.
Through the rest of his Note, Toby has filled it with a large, clickable gallery of images that is the most pleasant way to browse photos on Facebook I’ve yet encountered. It’s beautiful, and totally unexpected:
As mentioned, the format looks like something to compete with Medium, but it’s not quite perfect when it comes to editing. The formatting boxes are disappointingly devoid of many options, and it would be great to have more freedom to organize and scale images.
It would also be even better with the option to add video, or more specifically, video that has already been uploaded to your Page. However, this is clearly early on in this project’s lifespan and it’s sure to get more updates if Facebook is on board with making this a platform into the future. I recommend you check out Toby’s Note yourself and then play with the new tool on your own Pages. All in all, I am really digging this! Maybe a revamp of “pokes” is next?