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A new feature on the BBC News Facebook page

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Chris Hamilton | 12:11 UK time, Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Today we're launching a new feature on the BBC News Facebook page offering a way for users to personalise the updates they see from us according to the topics, people or programmes they're interested in.

Screenshot of the Control Panel


We've called it the Control Panel and we've introduced it as a result of the significant changes we've seen in the way people access BBC News Online, as my colleague Gareth Owen, Product Manager of the BBC News website, explains on the Internet Blog.

So what's changed?

In fact, the core offering on the BBC News Facebook page isn't changing. We're still offering the same mix of the biggest news stories and our best features and analysis for you to click on, comment on, like and share.

But now, when you choose to "Like" our page, you'll see a control panel of options - see the example on this page - that allows you to choose to see updates in your Facebook news feed from your favourite BBC correspondents and programmes, and the latest headlines on subjects you're most interested in.

Even if you've already liked BBC News on Facebook, you can still access the Control Panel on the left hand side of the page.

For now, you'll mostly see short headline updates via your Control Panel choices, but longer posts might be added to the mix from time to time where we want to highlight our best stories or features. Clicking a link will take you to see the full details on the BBC News website.

We hope you enjoy using this new feature. Please let us know what you think - leave a comment on this accompanying post or send us your feedback. We'll read as much of it as we can as part of our work on the next stages of development.

Chris Hamilton is social media editor for BBC News. You can find him on Twitter @chrishams

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