Facebook has just released a minor update to their iOS app – but if you were one of the users who had been suffering with a slow news feed for a while then it’s more like a hallelujah update.
Version 6.3 brings verified celebs, public figures, and pages – you know, that little blue check mark next to the names of famous people or brands. The blue verification doesn’t show up in the news feed, but you will see it when you visit their actual page. Like Twitter, Facebook “verification” lets you know when you’re interacting with the real Barack Obama – or simply one of the many fake Barack Obama fan pages.
Facebook first launched verified profiles on the web back in May. Facebook isn’t accepting applications yet – they’re simply going around verifying whomever they feel deserves it.
The update also improves places editing on the iPad to “fix categories, phone numbers and other info.”
But the fix that thrills me the most is the one that improves the speed of the news feed. You see, for many Facebook for iOS users, the past few weeks have been rather annoying. Much of the time, the news feed would be slow to load – or sometimes it wouldn’t even load at all.
Facebook says they have fixed this – and in my experience they have.