Facebook redesigns the news feed
Yesterday the world’s number one social network introduced a major transformation of their key feature, the news feed. Following the trend toward a simpler, all-mobile interface Facebook makes the news feed cleaner and prettier, adds bigger images and icons.
Among the most important changes that Facebook brought into the news feed are large images which now occupy a greater portion of the screen – the old news feed viewed on a big screen at standard resolution left most of the screen empty while presenting you with disproportionately small content.
Another improvement in the news feed is the ability to select categories of information you would like to see, such as most recent, pictures, games, groups, etc. (By the way, in case you somehow noticed the odd words Captain’s Log, Portraits and Crews in the screenshots, be not alarmed – these are not among the news feed changes, they are just the perks of having your Facebook account language set to ‘Pirate English’… which you should try sometime when you are feeling adventurous ;)
Last but not least, Facebook promises that the same improved look will be maintained by the news feed on facebook.com website and in the apps, providing users of various devices with a more consistent experience.
In my humble opinion, it’s about time Facebook made some changes to the news feed. The feature hasn’t developed much in the last couple of years, except for the addition of ads directly into the stream, which from the user’s point of view is more of a nuisance than an improvement.
If you are eager to see the renovated news feed for yourself ASAP, follow this link and click ‘Join Waiting List’ at the very bottom of the page. Unfortunately this doesn’t mean that the awaited changes will come immediately, but it might make things a little faster. Otherwise, just wait for the transformation to be implemented worldwide, and enjoy the ‘new, cleaner look’ with ‘bright, beautiful stories’ ;) Meanwile, here’s a short clip in which Mark Zuckerberg is presenting the news feed update. Take care!
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12 June 2013 / 13 June 2013