Disproving speculation that the app was going to be retired due to lack of users, Facebook rolled out a new update today for the Paper app.
The app is still only available for iDevices, but with the v1.2 update readers can now edit their profile details from inside the app, be more selective in sharing, and get updates faster.
Readers can turn to the new Trending section to quickly find the most interesting and relevant topics that people are talking about right now, and they can also tap a hashtag and view a list of related stpories. And while they’re reading the stories, users can now pull up a picture and see any tags included in the image. They can even zoom in and tilt their phone to explore all the tags in a photo.
And once they’re done getting caught up, readers also have more control over the stories they share. With the v1.2 update, users can easily change the audience for any post after they’ve shared it, and it’s now easier for users to mention or tag other FB users while writing a story or leaving a comment. Facebook has also made it easier to clip and repost interesting content.
Facebook launched paper in January 2014. The social network hasn’t revealed how many of their billion plus users also use the Paper app, but it is clearly enough that Facebook continues to invest in the app. There was speculation going around earlier this month that usage had dropped considerably, signaling the possible demise of the paper app, but I would say that today’s update proves the speculation wrong.