10 Features That Made Facebook the Most Used Social Media Site

By Staff Writer

Sep 25, 2014 11:29 PM EDT

Facebook was recently valued at $201.6 billion, making it the 22nd largest company in the world. Majority of its value is derived from advertisements. In order to generate more advertisers, Facebook continually adds features that might be annoying to some of its users but are attractive to advertising companies.

Several times, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been criticized for introducing features that only adds up to the network as being complicated and for trampling upon your right to privacy. Business Insider takes a look at the 10 of the best features of Facebook.

10. Events

Want to know who among your friends is celebrating a birthday? For those who want to update their social life, Events is the feature for you. Without it, you would not know what is going on with your friends.

9. Timeline

With the new Timeline feature, pictures, new friends, and other content are flowing smoothly in a wider, double barrel river. Like most re-designs, Timeline was met with mixed criticisms. But some people like it better than the old wall which was too cramped.

8. Social Plug-ins

Want to comment on an article that you read about Barrack Obama or Lebron James? With Facebook social plug-ins, it is now possible to make a comment on various sites such as the New York Times and Global Grind. All you have to do is log-in to your Facebook account and your comment will be directly posted on the site where you made the comment.

7. Embed-in-Post

This is where Facebook scores a major advantage over Twitter. When posting articles, videos, and pictures on Facebook, the linked content is delivered right in the post. This way, you do not have to make another click.

6. Turn off Push Notifications

With a little adjustment on the settings Tab of your Facebook app, you can easily switch off push notifications. After all, you do not have to be always informed about what is going on with your friends and what is keeping them busy. Anyway, it could be an invite to play Candy Crush or Farmville.

5. Relationship Status 

With this new feature, it would be much easier to determine whether the guy or girl you met recently is single, engaged, married, or in an open relationship. All you have to do is invite them to become your Facebook friend. Once confirmed, you can easily look at their profile and check their relationship status.

4. Facebook Messenger

For some people, messages popping up once in a while can be annoying. However, it turns out that others like the chat platform. Today, it is now one of the top 75 most downloaded apps in the App Store.

Chat Online is the most important and useful feature of the social media app Facebook. And we talk with various people from different countries.   

3. The "Like" Button

Liked the picture or comment that your friend just posted? Well, it used to be that you need to type words such as "Like," "Yeah," or "Yes" to approve of a comment. Now, you just have to click on the Like button.

2. News Feed

This was one of the new updates that was met by protests from its opponents. Zuckerberg responded calmly. Now, using Facebook will never be the same without the News Feed in our walls.

1. Photos

Undoubtedly, this is the most popular feature of Facebook. Launched in October 2005, Photos was the brainchild of Napster co-founder, Sean Parker, and was engineered by Scott Marlette. Now, it is giving Instagram a run for its money. 

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