Facebook revealed the revamped version of its News Feed on Thursday.
The goal of the redesign is to reduce clutter and deliver stories in a newspaper-like format. Users will be able to see everything their friends and favourite Fan Pages share thanks to the addition of several categorized feeds that are located in the new right-hand menu -- All Friends, Photos, Music, and Following (for Pages and subscriptions).
“If you’re interested in just seeing photos from Pages and people you’re connected to, you click on the Photos feed,” says Facebook’s Journalism Program Manager Vadim Lavrusik. “And if you want to see updates about music you and your friends listen to, you can check out the Music feed. The new feeds make it easier to keep up with and discover more content on Facebook, while giving you more control in what you want to see.”
Users can also expect the following:
- Bolder headlines and bigger preview pictures for shared links
- Larger pictures and full-width display for uploaded videos
- Cover photos featured with connection stories
- Photos and context about users and Pages featured in multiple shares
- New story types showing the most viral content from and about Liked Pages, as well as their upcoming events
“With the new design, now Facebook has the same look and feel,” the company said in its official announcement. “For example, the left-hand menu is accessible anywhere you go on Facebook. You also have a way to jump right to the top of News Feed whenever new stories come in.”
According to AllFacebook, ads will show up in every feed and the Edgerank algorithm will remain in full effect.
The new design will be rolled out gradually over the next few weeks for both the web and mobile versions. Users eager to get an early look can register at www.facebook.com/newsfeed.