Facebook has revealed new features to their News Feed that emphasized visual content over text. The upgraded feed will feature larger photos and videos and allow users to organize their feeds by content such as music, games, or followed pages.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said of the new changes, “We want to give the world the best personalized newspaper that we can.” In response, some in the media are calling the update the “Facebook Daily Newspaper.”
Here’s what you can expect to see on your new Facebook page:
- Your images will be much larger and the person sharing the content and their caption will now be embedded inside the image, instead of presented on top.
- Links will be displayed more prominently and you should expect to see icons pop up for some of the bigger brands on Facebook.
- Can’t find new friends anymore? Don’t worry, the new News Feed has that all figured out. Now when you like a page or make a friend, a smaller version of the user’s profile pic and cover image will appear in your friend’s feeds.
- If you follow a certain brand, you’ll be able to receive related articles based on the most commonly shared stories.
- Currently your News Feed is displayed chronologically, with the new changes you’ll be able to group your feed by friends, music, photos, games and other topics.
- There is going to be a Following Feed feature that will allow you to see, at a glance, all of the news organizations, teams, brands and more you follow.
- Your most checked News Feeds will be at the top of your list, making them very accessible.
- How you interact with Facebook on the web, a tablet, or a smartphone will become seamless as the latter inspired the new web version. Look for a left hand navigation bar to be featured on all three now.
Our conclusion – Facebook is giving its users more choices and more control over what they see in their News Feed. Sure, some people will complain, but from what we’ve seen and heard, we’re excited about the new News Feed. We look forward to being able to sort by who and what and prioritizing what we do on Facebook based on our needs.
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