Facebook rolls out a new look for News Feed, ditches plans for major changes

There's no question that News Feed is the most used part of Facebook. A year ago, the company announced plans for some major design changes for News Feed on both the the desktop side and on its mobile apps. However, while mobile users saw the revamped design, a private test for desktop users didn't go over as well with those who accessed it. 

The design, which featured more complicated menus and filters for both the left and right side columns on News Feed, didn't get the thumbs up from testers, according to what Facebook reps told Re/codeSo those changes won't be in the new design that is going to be rolling out to desktop users beginning today.

Instead, the new look for News Feed will feature larger images than before, along with a new font and a light gray background. The left side column is a little smaller and some of the page's icons have a new look. Desktop users will see this slightly revamped design over the next few weeks, the mobile apps will keep their current News Feed look. While the design may be different, Facebook claims that it won't affect how each story is ranked in News Feed.

Source: Facebook and Re/code | Image via Facebook

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I have that old look new design with the thin bar on the right, and much prefer it to that 'new look' Facebook will be rolling out with. Hopefully there will be an option to keep what I got.

Mine is always slow at updating..I'm still at least one update behind I think..lol My wifes looks different than mine does

My girlfriend has had this for a week or so already. Perhaps it rolled out sooner in the Philippines

I liked the beta newsfeed design more. I never got to test it though despite signing up for it day #1.

Oh well.

Can they please stop the news feed defaulting to "top stories"? If I set it to "most recent" it should stay like that.

Nick H. said,
Can they please stop the news feed defaulting to "top stories"? If I set it to "most recent" it should stay like that.

It's a feature actually.

It's funny how they listened to people about the re-design but seem to continue to ignore that most people hate the way it defaults to top stories.

Nick H. said,
Can they please stop the news feed defaulting to "top stories"? If I set it to "most recent" it should stay like that.

Hear, hear - drives me MAD that!

I have this and can confirm "most recent" is still there. I'm happy to accept whatever layout they want to give me as long as they leave the most recent option there.

Clik said,
No option to sort by latest post? That'll go down well..

...and no "ticker" on the right hand side by the looks of it, if that screenshot's anything to go by!

Clik said,
No option to sort by latest post? That'll go down well..

There is a drop down next to "News Feed" on the left. I imagine they want to make it the same way the mobile page and apps can choose the most recent stories.

wingliston said,
Whatever happened to this redesign? http://bit.ly/NEgyM5

lol the article wasn't that long was it? "The design, which featured more complicated menus and filters for both the left and right side columns on News Feed, didn't get the thumbs up from testers"

my gal has that layout, i never got it though. just use the windows 8.1 app if you have that OS. it's the exact same thing.