Facebook announces changes to your News Feed

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Facebook will begin a limited rollout on Thursday of the latest changes to its News Feed.

On Thursday during a news event held at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., designers said the changes are intended to “get Facebook out of the way.” They hope to accomplish this by providing:

  • content-specific feeds, including a music feed that allows users to share what they’re listening to
  • larger photos
  • consistency across desktop and mobile devices

 

FEEDS — Users will be able to subscribe to different types of feeds, including music, photos, games, friend feeds and those a user “follows” or “subscribes” to. A chronological view of News Feeds will also be available.

IMAGES — Greater emphasis will be placed on images, which, according to Mashable, make up nearly 50 percent of News Feed stories. Facebook acknowledged their following current design trends that focus on large images with sites like Instagram and Google+.

DEVICE CONSISTENCY — Facebook’s latest changes were inspired by the desire for mobile and desktop devices to share the same display. Because more and more users are accessing Facebook via their mobile devices, Facebook wants the transition from desktop to mobile devices to be fluid.

Facebook will be a limited rollout of the changes on Thursday. Over the next few weeks, more users will begin to see changes, however one designer said they want it to be “super polished and in place” before it’s available to all users.


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