Facebook announced today that the News Feed will be redesigned and changed into a “personalized newspaper”. It’s one of the biggest redesigns ever made since the official introduction of the News Feed from 2006.
Those who used Google+ or the recent Facebook mobile app should be familiarized with this redesigned News Feed as it borrows a lot of elements.
The most important thing is that now the Feed is more clean and you can see more photos, news articles, maps and other things better because Facebook expanded the allocated space of every single News Feed stories.
On the right side of the page, you’ll have a ticker where you can tick to choose what you want to see on your News Feed. You can choose between Most Recent, All Friends, Photos, Music, Following and other categories of feeds. Based on what you previously liked on Facebook and what News Feed category you tick, you will now receive your updates.
At the left side Facebook nicely placed icons instead of the usual shortcuts: Messages, Find Friends, Events, Gifts, Pages and so on. I appreciate what Facebook is doing with this redesigned News Feed, but I doubt it will act like a personalized newspaper. It’s actually impossible, since you’ll have to be friend with some journalists and writers if you want to find on your feed something interesting.
I assume that the only downside of this News Feed redesign is that once it’s rolled out, ads will also be bigger and more intrusive to our eyes. During the News Feed event Facebook didn’t mention nothing about ads, so we’ll have to test it to see if it’s true or not.