Facebook announced major changes to its News Feed today, re-tooling the look and feel of their user interface with an emphasis on photo sharing, reducing clutter and drawing more attention to the stories that users care about. The new design is also compatible across platforms, such as various web browsers and mobile devices, but while photographs have been enlarged, text details of a photo are now overlaid on the image itself (see below):
(via Facebook Newsfeed) “Today we’re announcing a new version of Facebook designed to reduce clutter and focus more on stories from the people you care about. You see all the stories you saw in your News Feed before, but with a fresh new look. We’ve completely rebuilt each story to be much more vibrant and colorful and highlight the content that your friends are sharing. Photos, news articles, maps and events all look brighter and more beautiful.
To make sure you’re seeing all the stories you want to see, we’re introducing several new feeds to explore in addition to the same News Feed you have today:
– All Friends – a feed that shows you everything your friends are sharing
– Photos – a feed with nothing but photos from your friends and the Pages you like
– Music – a feed with posts about the music you listen to
– Following – a feed with the latest news from the Pages you like and the people you follow.
With the new design, now Facebook has the same look and feel on mobile, tablet and web. 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.”
Facebook will be rolling out the new design slowly over the coming weeks on web and mobile. If you’d like to get it early, visit www.facebook.com/newsfeed and add yourself to the waiting list. These design updates will be available on your iPhone and iPad in the coming weeks and to Android soon after.
My 2 Cents
This could be a great way for us Hybrid Photovidegraphers to share our stuff on the web, provided that FB gets it right. Stay tuned…
What do YOU think?