Facebook Paper adds a trending section, hopes you’ll notice it
Remember Paper? That app for reading stuff from Facebook. It sure is pretty, but certainly has some issues in the functionality department. Well, last month it added some seemingly essential features that were missing from version 1.1, like event and birthday notifications. Today, to celebrate version 1.2, Facebook is adding support for hashtags, a trending posts section and photo tagging. Paper still isn’t anywhere near ready to replace the standard Facebook app but, now that you edit your profile or cover photo, you could rely on it for slightly longer. (Perhaps even tens of minutes!) There’s even autocomplete for friends names when you’re trying to tag them in post. Basically, Paper is coming into its awkward teenage phase. We can see the promise and the appeal — there’s glimmers of maturity beneath its awkward veneer. Perhaps most impressive is the fine grained controls that have been added for crafting and sharing updates. Switching between public and friends is just a tap away, even if you’ve already posted a missive to your wall. Between Home and Paper it’s easy to get a picture for how Facebook sees users interacting with its service in the future… unfortunately that future isn’t here yet.