Facebook has announced a major change to its News Feed, which appears on logged-in users’ Facebook home screens. The announcement came during an event at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California headquarters. The new feed has an updated look and new functionality. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced the change as a “personalized newspaper.”
Here are a few facts about the new Facebook News Feed.
* Images take a front seat. The new feed displays larger images than the old feed. The left side of the page is reduced to make room for a larger center area, allowing all posts to appear larger.
* Users can sign up to view the new feed early, before it is rolled out to everyone. The signup page also contains an extensive preview of the new look.
* The new Facebook News Feed will have a unified design across all device platforms. The design will be available on tablets, smartphones and on the web through a browser.
* The new feed is actually multiple feeds in one. Users will be able to drill down using links in the right sidebar (web version; users will swipe down on mobile versions) to view specific content. For example, the “All Friends” link will display everything a user’s friends are sharing. The “Music” link will display nothing but posts about music, “Photos” will display photos shared by friends and “liked” pages and so on. There will be many options available.
* A chronological view will be available on the new News Feed. The old News Feed shows posts in order of popularity, or “Top Stories,” by default. Users have to click the “Most Recent” option on the small “Sort” drop-down in order to view them chronologically. On the new version, “Most Recent” is the top link in the right sidebar of available feed links.
* Photo albums can be viewed right from the page on the new Facebook News Feed. Users won’t have to navigate as much to various pages to see different things, because those things will be available as separate feeds right from the News Feed.
* Tagged locations will include a map on the new and bigger News Feed. On the old feed, a user would have to click the tagged location in order to see a map. On the new feed, the map will appear right within the feed.
* Third-party services , events, and “most shared” items will each appear on the News Feed with a similar look. They will each appear in rows of three items across. Each of the three items will include an image and a description. For example, when a friend shares photos on Pinterest, the update will show in the News Feed with up to three of the shared photos, with the names under each.