Facebook takes on Medium and LinkedIn with new Notes look

Fortune

Eagle-eyed programmer and blogging pioneer Dave Winer spotted something a little different on Facebook this week: An updated version of the social network’s Notes feature, which allows users to post longer pieces of writing than they might in a regular status update. With room for a large image at the top and a much cleaner design, the new version looks very much like Medium, the open blogging platform that was founded by former Twitter CEO Evan Williams after he left the company.

Users of Facebook [fortune-stock symbol=”FB”] could be forgiven for thinking that Notes is a brand-new feature, because it has been around for so long—and is so little used—that most people have either never heard of it or have forgotten that it exists. It was originally launched in 2006, but has been buried by subsequent enhancements to the service. Facebook confirmed it is experimenting with a new look.

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