From to-do lists to travel aspirations, Facebook launches new Lists feature in bid to get users sharing more personal content

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Facebook wants users to post fewer viral videos and share more about themselves.

That's the message it seems to be sending with a new feature called 'Lists' that's rolling out to some Facebook users starting on Tuesday.

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Like the name suggests, the tool lets users post numbered to-do lists, travel wishlists, how-to lists and bucket lists, among other things.

Lists will now appear in users' news feeds as they scroll through Facebook.

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The feature is meant to encourage users to post more personal status updates that may spark conversation from friends.

Users can also pose questions to their friends as a way to give or receive helpful advice and tips.

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To try out the tool, users click in the status update box, then navigate to the option that prompts users to create a list.

There, users can choose from a variety of colored, gradient backgrounds and select between a bulleted or numbered list.

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After adding a title, users can also add emojis to their lists.

Facebook has been gradually overhauling status updates on the news feed over the past year or so.

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In 2016, the firm introduced colored backgrounds to status updates, as part of an effort to encourage text posts.

It was also testing a colored comment feature for some time, though it's unclear whether that will be ever be rolled out officially.

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A few savvy users had spotted that Facebook was testing a Lists feature last month, noting that it could be used to construct how-to lists like 'How to make a cup of boiling water.'

On Tuesday, one Twitter user questioned whether the Lists feature would be used to generate more targeted ads for users.

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Adam Mosseri, head of Facebook's news feed product responded to the tweet, saying: 'We built lists because we saw...
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