Like we said before, March 7th was the date when Facebook got a major makeover, and from the first look, we’re quite impressed! A redesigned NewsFeed that focuses more on the images and gives more power to the users for customization should not just keep the users happy, but could also spell good news for the advertisers.
Mark Zuckerberg wanted Facebook’s NewsFeed to offer a better story design, more choices and consistent experience on mobile devices as well as PC browsers, and looks like this will get him there. In Zuckerberg’s words, Facebook’s trying to give its users “the best personalized newspaper” possible, which is “intricate, rich and engaging”.
Users now get larger images displayed on their NewsFeeds, in addition to larger maps, news articles, app information, etc. Users can also choose to sort their feeds in a chronological order or be more selective in getting updates about the different kinds of music their friends are listening to, events taking place, etc. Depending on the user’s preferences, Facebook will also display the most relevant trending articles on the feed as well.
There’s many new feeds as well, including All Friends – which will show you everything shared by your friends, Photos – an exclusive feed just for photos from your friends and pages you like, Music – a feed about the music you like, Following – latest updates from pages you like and people you follow.
The new look is cleaner and a more modern interface, inspired by mobile device interfaces and combining them into the web experience. Facebook has already started rolling out the NewsFeed to small number of users starting from today, and over the next few weeks, it will also be available on mobile devices. With such a big change, the company is taking things slow and careful.