Facebook plans News Feed revamp Thursday; will it be greeted with protests?

Of all the features that Facebook has, the one that gets the most use is the News Feed, where subscribers can see an ever flowing amount of updates from their friends, businesses and sometimes from sponsored news posts.

Today, Facebook sent out invites to members of the press inviting them to their headquarters in Menlo Park, California on Thursday. The invite said simply, "Come see a new look for News Feed," and the fact that Facebook is holding a press event to reveal these changes most likely means that they won't be merely cosmetic.

Facebook's last major change for its News Feed happened in September 2011, where posts were organized in order of importance, at least according to Facebook's algorithms. The change was met with a massive protest from many Facebook users, who preferred to see the most recent news posts on top, as has been the cast since Facebook launched the feature. A couple of months later, Facebook added in the option to sort news feed posts by "most recent".

It will be interesting to see if the News Feed changes, whatever they might be, will be welcomed or slammed by Facebook users.

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I wonder how long Facebook will stay on top . It starting to get old now . I noticed most of my friends really don't use it as much anymore

TurboShrimp said,
I wonder how long Facebook will stay on top . It starting to get old now . I noticed most of my friends really don't use it as much anymore

Agreed. And they're in a spiral of changing things just to change them now. There's very rarely an actual improvement in there. Just a change.

Change is bad! We hate change! If they change one more thing I'm going to switch to a completely different service just so I don't have to deal with these changes!

/people

I love the reaction when they change it. I hope it's something drastic this time, just for the "I'm going to kill myself unless they change it back" posts alone.

Everything's greeted with protests, might as well just let everything sit around and stagnate.

King Mustard said,
Who is to say they're improving anything, though?

Well I don't know if they are, all I know is I see complaints about any time YT is changes, FB is changed, windows is changed, etc. I'll admit that I joined in with the YT bashing when it was changed, I didn't see any improvement but after using it all the time I don't think I really care anymore, and I'd imagine it to be likewise for everyone else.

Yes. Everyone complains, gets used to, then when it changes they want the old one back that they used to hate.

xstex said,
Yes. Everyone complains, gets used to, then when it changes they want the old one back that they used to hate.

I still don't like the timeline! but I've made peace with it (also stylie helps on palemoon ;D)

What they want to do is to fix their stupid News Feed so that "Most Recent" is actually most recent posts. It really annoys me when it's clearly STILL not in chronological order despite me selecting "Most Recent", no matter whether I'm viewing on the web, mobile webapp or mobile app.

testman said,
What they want to do is to fix their stupid News Feed so that "Most Recent" is actually most recent posts. It really annoys me when it's clearly STILL not in chronological order despite me selecting "Most Recent", no matter whether I'm viewing on the web, mobile webapp or mobile app.

Yes! This! And the way it occasionally sets it back to Top Stories whenever it feels like it.. I just want all posts in chronological order - clearly too much to ask.

"Most recent" always works as advertised for me. If I'm using "Most recent," I'll see posts in chronological order.

However, Facebook does seem to change the setting back to "Top stories" if a person was using "Most recent" and they haven't logged in for a certain amount of time (maybe even a few hours). Perhaps that's what's happening for you?

Edited by Calum, Mar 2 2013, 12:29am :

Also the newly annoying feature of showing me my posts from yesterday at the same time of day today. Yes..I wrote something yesterday..no..I don't need to see it today intermixed with new stuff.

Calum said,
"Most recent" always works as advertised for me. If I'm using "Most recent," I'll see posts in chronological order.

However, something Facebook does it change the setting back to "Top stories," if a person was using "Most recent" and they haven't logged in for a certain amount of time (maybe even a few hours). Perhaps that's what's happening for you?


I'm never logged out basically. Got fb tab open in IE when im using IE in any way (I barely ever close IE) same when im running Fx. But 'recent stories' barely seems to work, if I set it.. it'll work for a while. 10minutes..an hour, randomly. Both browsers ;/ logged in or not doesn't seem to matter.

This. Plus actually showing everyone's updates unless you explicitly say you don't want someone included. I notice many of my friend's updates are no longer shown on my main feed regardless of option I choose and I have to go to their profiles individually to see them.

bguy_1986 said,

Except Obama's "change".... I don't get it.

People like the idea of change, but they don't like the changes themselves.

Fritzly said,

Actually it depends,by what "changes" bring to user

Not really. Many will complain regardless because tastes differ, and some just don't want to relearn, even if something is improved for the long run.

Even if Facebook is much better and more logically organized today than when it was launched, many have complained for each new revision.