A new Facebook feature that will enable you post updates directly to News Feed has been rolled out by the social network. The “Hide from Timeline” option aimed at active users, will allow you to hide post from your dedicated timeline where content is saved permanently.
Presently, the new News Feed-only posting feature is not available on mobile platforms but on Facebook on the Web. When you begin writing a status update in the box at the top of the News Feed, you’ll see a new check box for Hide From Your Timeline. Check the box and your status update will be posted to the News Feed while bypassing your Timeline.
News Feed is the constantly updating list of stories in the middle of your home page. Facebook News Feed includes status updates, photos, videos, links, app activity and likes from people, Pages and groups that you follow on Facebook. Before now, there are customization options offered but now, its official.
However, Android and iOS users can still use customization options as the new feature is not yet on mobile. It has also not been applied to posts from other people that you wish to share, meaning you still have to resort to using the customization options as to who can see your post — these include “public,” “friends,” and “only me,” among others — allowing you to effectively hide content from your timeline.
CNet reports that posts that you decide to exclusively publish on your News Feed will still appear in search, and will be visible to you in the “your posts” personal activity page.
Additionally, Facebook now lets you add topics to your posts on News Feed, indicating that perhaps it wants to emphasize the “news” aspect of the section. The 26 available categories include “World News,” “Science & Tech,” and “TV & Film,” alongside personal topics, such as “Relationships,” “Selfies,” and “Thoughts.”
This is coming after Facebook announced that users will soon be able to make Group voice calls using Facebook standalone messenger app right on your smartphones. A feature which is already been rolled out globally for iOS and Android users is totally free!