Facebook is testing the idea of turning its present Notes product into a long-form content platform. This test was first spotted by Dave Winer on Twitter, who linked to an example. Visiting the link in his tweet will show you a Facebook Note that more look like a page of content you’d see on a site like Medium.
A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed the test, stating: “We’re testing an update to Notes to make it easier for people to create and read longer-form stories on Facebook.”
This update is composed to make Notes more relevant & usable — a Facebook feature that mainly went forgotten once the company started allowing longer status updates.
If Facebook wants people to blog on their site, the biggest selling point right is its huge built-in audience. The company faces competition from Medium when it comes to attracting thought leaders to its content platform. LinkedIn has also been making a name for itself as a platform for content publishing professionals.
Facebook may have a niche for itself as a platform for casual bloggers, and those who never considered the idea of starting a blog.
Facebook is raising its concern to Notes is fascinating and it will be interesting to see what comes of it.