At its media event today, Facebook announced changes in the way its popular News Feed is displayed to users on desktop, smartphone, and tablet devices. The company says it has increased the size of shared images and video content, while introducing sub-feeds to allow users to focus on particular content.
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.
The newsfeed will have the same look and feel no matter where it is accessed, be it from the desktop, smartphone, or tablet.
Facebook users will have the option to choose between four different News Feed categories:
- All Friends — This feed shows everything your friends are sharing.
- Photos — This feed contains nothing but photos from friends and liked pages.
- Music — A feed with posts just about the music you listen to.
- Following — A feed with the latest news from the pages you and the people you follow.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says the service is aiming to “give everyone in the world the best personalized newspaper we can.” Interested users can sign up for a waiting list (be sure to scroll to the bottom) for early access to the new News Feed on the desktop. Smartphone and tablet versions will be rolling out over the coming weeks.