Yesterday, Facebook announced that it was giving its respected news feed a new design and a better look.
The new news feed represents the first major change of Facebook’s core service since the launch of the Facebook Timeline at the end of 2011.
“The news feed is one of the most important things we’ve built,” Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during the press event. Likening news feed to “the most personalized newspaper,” Zuckerberg added that “the stories around you deserve to be displayed with more than just text.”
“How we’re all sharing is changing and the news feed needs to evolve with those changes. This is the evolving face of news feed.”
The new news feed features 3 main components:
- Bigger Images
- Multiple Feeds
- Consistency across a variety of devices such as mobiles and tablets.
The Bigger Images:
With the new news feed, more focus is given to images – which are now much larger. Photos now make up nearly 50% of news feed and are now the centre of attention.
If you think the new news feed resembles something of Instagram – or Google+ for that matter, you’re not wrong. We see them too. Facebook says that its following trends on where design is headed and it is really clear that trend includes big photos and a clean, navigable design.
Multiple Feeds, More Control:
As for the new “feeds” aspect of news feed, users now have access to multiple types of feeds and have more control over how these feeds are displayed.
Currently, it’s not clear how these new feeds will affect promoted stories and content or the longer-lasting impact it may have on brands and pages.
The new news feed design was inspired by mobile. It takes significant cues from Facebook’s mobile apps for phones and tablets, adding a new side-navigation bar and more white space.
Facebook has finally understood the fact that users are accessing Facebook more from mobile than ever. Facebook is now more focused on making the overall experience more consistent, regardless of platform. I can’t help saying that Facebook is taking a page out of Apple’s book.
How To Get News Feed:
According to Facebook, the new news feed will begin rolling out to users the same today. So some lucky folks will be exploring the news features tonight while others will have to wait a bit longer.
Facebook also said that the design will start rolling out to everybody in the next couple of weeks. But if you want to desperately try the new news feed, just visit facebook.com/about/newsfeed. Scroll down to the bottom and simple click the big green “Join Waiting List” button. Done? Next step? Wait.
Nobody’s quite sure how long you’ll have to wait. So just keep on waiting.
The new news feed comes along with a Facebook timeline design change as well as a couple of other changes.
Do you like these changes? Are you waiting for the new news feed? Be sure to tell us below in the comments.