Updated Facebook Newsfeed Coming
Facebook users will be seeing a significant number of changes coming from the familiar blue-and-white website in the near future. In a press conference today, Mark Zuckerberg announced that they would be rolling out some dramatic alterations to the website’s layout.
The new layout will come in the form of a news feed redesign. Facebook is attempting to unify the look and function of the website over all devices, including tablets, desktops, and mobile phones.
Zuckerberg started the press conference by comparing the new look to a “personalized newspaper,” which is an apt metaphor for the new look, which can be seen at http://www.facebook.com/newsfeed. The idea is that users can select the feeds from which they want to see information and order them in a more personal way. In addition, the website will respond to your use of it. If you check your “music” feed often in order to see posts from your favorite artists, Facebook will feature those posts more prominently.
Another significant change being made is the separation of posts from pages that you like. Users like George Takei, who frequently posts, complained that posts from pages such as his own were getting buried in Facebook’s algorithm and not showing up on users’ feeds at all. In response, Facebook created a separate news feed which displays all activity from pages that you’ve liked in Twitter fashion. It will update live and can be completely customized.
In addition, the visuals have been upgraded to feature content more prominently, instead of the text that users tune out while using the website. Photo albums have been revamped to be front and center, filling the news feed with larger and more efficiently spaced graphics. This trend toward graphics is being implemented throughout the site, leading to a cleaner interface that feels at home on phones and tablets, while retaining the same look on the desktop.
This announcement comes shortly after Facebook announced testing of their Graph Search and about a year after the Timeline change came to profiles. Facebook hopes to be an all-purpose social hub with these changes and recapture some of their user base who is leaving it for other sites.
These changes will be rolling out over the next few months, though you can ask to be put on the list of people that it rolls out to first, if you want. Eventually the change will come to everyone, but it will be modified based on how people use it, as well as user feedback. The announcement can be seen at http://www.facebook.com/newsfeed