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Facebook's small Paper update makes sharing simple

Facebook's first update for its newsreader/News Feed-centric app Paper is a small one, but it shows the company is listening to what you have to say.

Facebook said it added a few most-requested features to the Paper app, only available on iOS. Now you can share links to articles you read on Paper in a Facebook message, text, or email. Of course, Facebook attaches a link to download Paper within the message, so maybe more people will install the app.

Paper also added support for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and the ability to mute sound within the app.

The tweaks are nothing major, but Facebook didn't need to overhaul the 1-month-old Paper. The app is humming along just fine with solid reviews from critics and users. Even though the app has slipped in download rankings, that's to be expected. Most people who use Facebook on their smartphones already have the official Facebook app, so there's little incentive to switch to another Facebook app. Paper is more of an experiment to see what the network's fledgling Creative Labs team is capable of.

On a personal note, I've been using Paper exclusively since the app's February launch and can't imagine going back. Paper's slick, tiled design and gesture-driven navigation are preferable to the tired familiarity of Facebook's main app--and forget about the network's desktop version.

Even if Paper doesn't gain traction beyond its small group of fans, at least Facebook proved it's still willing to experiment after all these years.

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