Facebook announced today that it is set to further improve the current news feed for the site. Facebook are famous for striving to continually build upon its success by making intricate tweaks to a system which has already proved popular worldwide.
The new news feed is set to make several changes in order to make the site appear bolder and brighter for users. The new design is set to “reduce clutter and focus more on stories from the people you care about” as stated on the Facebook website. It seems as though the main noticeable change will be that photos in particular will appear larger and therefore more prominently within the news feed, as shown in the photo below. You can see that Facebook is trying to trim the fat in order to allow the content itself to take centre stage in the news feed.
The Chief Executive of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg state on the new design What we’re trying to do is give everyone in the world the best personalized newspaper we can” Zuckerberg said. “The best personalized newspaper should be intricate, rich, and engaging.”
Furthermore, Facebook is adding several different feeds which will allow customization for the user to see the highlights of what they are interested in. these are as follows from the site:
- Photos – a feed with nothing but photos from your friends and the pages you like
- Music – a feed with posts about the music you listen to
- Following – a feed with the latest news from the pages you like and the people you follow.
- All Friends – a feed that shows you everything your friends are sharing.
Probably the most compelling feature of the improved news feed is that it is going to be standardise for web, mobile and tablet viewing. This means that the version you receive on your laptop will be more or less identical to Facebook’s interface on your phone or your tablet.
The new design is going to be rolled out on web and mobile in the coming weeks, with iPhone and iPad getting the update shortly after. You might start noticing the changes soon, however it could be a while still, if you are desperate to get it before the launch you can add yourself to the waiting list at www.facebook.com/newsfeed.