During the Facebook documentary on Sunday, the comment was made that ‘When people are on Facebook, they are in discovery mode.’ The point that was being made was that, unlike users of a search engine, users of Facebook don’t know what they’ll find so have quite an open mind.
Linknotify is a Facebook-only tool which takes that ‘discovery mode’ principle to an extreme – decluttering everything so that all you are left with are the links people are sharing. On one hand, it perhaps spoils the original point of Facebook, but it can be a really useful tool for journalists, particularly if your ‘friends’ include work contacts.
The tool also has the ability to select just those links being shared by friends and those being shared by pages you follow. In that sense, it’s a kind of RSS for Facebook – and a good way to quickly digest a lot of content at once. Well worth a look for all journalists.