Facebook tests smaller font size in News Feed

Users logging onto Facebook today may notice a subtle change; the font size of items on a user's News Feed has been dropped. At this point, it appears only the News Feed is affected, with font sizes remaining unchanged on pages, events and messages. Facebook has made no announcement about the change.

Unsurprisingly, many users are upset at the change and have vented their anger on Twitter.

Facebook users are notoriously fickle when it comes to site redesigns, and previous changes have been met with open hostility.

The font size change comes just hours before an event at the company's Palo Alto headquarters at which Facebook will make an announcement related to its efforts in the mobile space, though there is no suggestion the two are linked. The social networking giant has refused to give any details about the nature of today's announcement, leading to speculation about a so-called ''Facebook phone''.

Update: Techtickle have posted instructions on how to use the Greasemonkey Firefox add-on and a script to restore the News Feed font to its previous size.

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The Facebook chat also went down saying some maintainance few minutes back!
I guess it's back again but didn't notice any surprises so far

This is actually a valid reason to complain, horrid for people with bad eyesight. And I have decent eyeslight but it's hard to see! And looks horrible zoomed in Don't fix something that was not broken!

TechDudeGeorge said,
This is actually a valid reason to complain, horrid for people with bad eyesight. And I have decent eyeslight but it's hard to see! And looks horrible zoomed in Don't fix something that was not broken!
My eyesight is just fine. I can read it still, just kinda hurts my eyes.

Uh, why does it cause strain in the eyes. Really, it's not that much smaller. Get glasses or get a better monitor. Most websites I go to use the same text size. No complaints about those sites. Only Facebook for some reason.

david said,
Uh, why does it cause strain in the eyes. Really, it's not that much smaller. Get glasses or get a better monitor. Most websites I go to use the same text size. No complaints about those sites. Only Facebook for some reason.
Yes, most sites use about the same font size, and it tends to be about 13px, Facebook's is much smaller, hence different, hence the complaints.

david said,
Uh, why does it cause strain in the eyes. Really, it's not that much smaller. Get glasses or get a better monitor. Most websites I go to use the same text size. No complaints about those sites. Only Facebook for some reason.

I have a good large monitor and glasses. Still can't see it properly

I noticed this, and I thought it was just because I was on a smaller screen. I can say, in my own opinion, I don't like it.

I didn't notice since Chrome remembers how far I was zoomed in last time, it still looks nice to me. Viewing things on 1920x1080, you'll get used to CTRL+/- pretty quickly.

I wouldn't have noticed if no one said anything.

Jagjit Singh said,
No lie, I actually prefer it this way. I find it easier to read.

I agree. After seeing this, the larger text really is harder on the eyes, in my opinion - the larger font is ghastly.

Jagjit Singh said,
Exactly! I hope they just make an option with big/small text, that way everyone will be suited!

That certainly makes sense, to me. Let's hope they do this.

Jagjit Singh said,
Exactly! I hope they just make an option with big/small text, that way everyone will be suited!

Hopefully.
The overall page looks cleaner but i just can read anything because of bad eyesight.

Grex said,
Why are there 53 comments on the size of the font on Facebook? And why is this news?

good question.

May be it is related with Facebook-addiction (and it is bad).

Seems kinda pointless to shrink the text *and* add a line break; they just ate up the space they saved! Plus, many people still use the "[name] is/thinks/likes/hates [message]" convention for status updates. With the added line break these don't make as much sense.

They should change it back...

JonathanMarston said,
Seems kinda pointless to shrink the text *and* add a line break; they just ate up the space they saved!
Isn't is possible that they wanted a line break, but didn't want the page to become a lot longer, so dropped the text size?

Kirkburn said,
Isn't is possible that they wanted a line break, but didn't want the page to become a lot longer, so dropped the text size?

Haha, my thoughts, exactly.

Don't like it, I'm not meant to put effort into reading status updates. The point of Facebook is to share updates, and they aren't that visible or obvious now.

dave164 said,
Don't like it, I'm not meant to put effort into reading status updates. The point of Facebook is to share updates, and they aren't that visible or obvious now.

It's the same size as Facebook status comments. Do you always have to put effort into reading status comments?

I don't.

That's funny, I hadn't seen a complaint about the size of the font when you comment on status updates, ever. The new status update font size is the same size used in comments, and yet it was apparently too much for disgruntled girls to deal with this morning on my feed:
"facebook is just getting dummer and dummer, why can't they just leave it be!!"

Font size. Making Facebook a "dummer" place, with every minor tweak.
You heard it here first, folks.

losershawn said,
That's funny, I hadn't seen a complaint about the size of the font when you comment on status updates, ever. The new status update font size is the same size used in comments, and yet it was apparently too much for disgruntled girls to deal with this morning on my feed:
"facebook is just getting dummer and dummer, why can't they just leave it be!!"

Font size. Making Facebook a "dummer" place, with every minor tweak.
You heard it here first, folks.


Haha, finally, somebody who gets it! Thank you

BAWWWWWWW THE FONTS ARE TOO SMALL!!!!! QUICK, START A GROUP - CHANGE THE FONT BACK OR WE'LL ALL LEAVE!!!!! QQ

Bored of this already.

tomjol said,
BAWWWWWWW THE FONTS ARE TOO SMALL!!!!! QUICK, START A GROUP - CHANGE THE FONT BACK OR WE'LL ALL LEAVE!!!!! QQ

Bored of this already.

Ah dude, go away, if you realized how much this hurts everyone's eyes. This is a valid complaint.

Frylock86 said,
Ah dude, go away, if you realized how much this hurts everyone's eyes. This is a valid complaint.
So where were the complaints when the used the same font size for comments, Places, Recent Activity, or even on the homepage itself a few years back? Your complaints are invalid because there's nothing new here.

Mike Brown said,
So where were the complaints when the used the same font size for comments, Places, Recent Activity, or even on the homepage itself a few years back? Your complaints are invalid because there's nothing new here.

+1

Enlarging the fonts with Ctrl + messed the layout, since other text became even larger. Oh well, there's gotta be a greasemonkey script somewhere..

martheen said,
Enlarging the fonts with Ctrl + messed the layout, since other text became even larger. Oh well, there's gotta be a greasemonkey script somewhere..

There is - added to the story above.

asellus said,
It could be worse, Facebook could have used Comic Sans as the typeface...

What's wrong with Comic Sans?

Seriously, don't suggest that too loudly!

Please... guys... don't suggest browser zoom. Please. Facebook ONLY dropped the font size in the main news feed posts, so everything else remains at the same size as before. Which means that a browser zoom (CTRL +) will zoom in everything, even what should not. So ok, it's a solution for blind guys to avoid eye explosion, but please, don't suggest it as THE solution, because it's absolutely not the same.

Squillace said,
Please... guys... don't suggest browser zoom. Please. Facebook ONLY dropped the font size in the main news feed posts, so everything else remains at the same size as before. Which means that a browser zoom (CTRL +) will zoom in everything, even what should not. So ok, it's a solution for blind guys to avoid eye explosion, but please, don't suggest it as THE solution, because it's absolutely not the same.

Yeah I agree. Facebook needs a new chairman.

Eh, it's not major enough for me to throw my rattle out of the pram. If I have a hard time reading I just enlarge the size using Firefox.

HoagieKat said,
They've also put a line break between the name and the status update instead of having it as part of the sentence.
Which is a welcome change if you ask me!

HoagieKat said,
They've also put a line break between the name and the status update instead of having it as part of the sentence.

Maybe they didn't adjust for the space requirements required by adding the line break so it has automatically made everything smaller and they are now trying to fix it?

HoagieKat said,
They've also put a line break between the name and the status update instead of having it as part of the sentence.

The line break is crap. The status update should be part of the first sentence containing your name.

kraized said,
The line break is crap. The status update should be part of the first sentence containing your name.
That hasn't applied for a long time now, and this isn't the first client that's implemented a line break.

kraized said,

The line break is crap. The status update should be part of the first sentence containing your name.


No, it shouldn't be part of the sentence containing your name. Times change and products evolve. It was evident Facebook don't want people writing statuses in the 3rd person anymore when they changed the question to "What's on your mind?" This has now been further reinforced with the line break they have added.

Calum said,

No, it shouldn't be part of the sentence containing your name. Times change and products evolve. It was evident Facebook don't want people writing statuses in the 3rd person anymore when they changed the question to "What's on your mind?" This has now been further reinforced with the line break they have added.

Yeah I kinda agree here. People don't make Plurk-Like Statuses anymore.

I like the change really, makes reading Facebook much more nicer. They should provide an option to get back the old size though.

I'm 15, and I even struggle to read them. I actually need to strain my eyes.
Also, we could scroll the size up, but good design should not force every user to do something just to see.

Mike Chipshop said,
I bloody can't read anything! It's tiny...

I prefer ONLY comments use 8pt Tahoma, and keep the main status at 10pt Tahoma.

Northgrove said,
I wonder how this is working out on a high dot pitch monitor for a user with less than perfect eye sight.

Haha that's me and it's working out terribly

Northgrove said,
I wonder how this is working out on a high dot pitch monitor for a user with less than perfect eye sight.


pretty ****ty on my end

asdavis10 said,

Can Mac users get some COMMAND + love please?


Aren't there "other" more adult websites for that kind of thing

Ohh wait, you are talking about computers still

Mike Chipshop said,

Haha that's me and it's working out terribly


I'm surprised that Facebook, with their 500 million users, didn't realize that a huge part of those may not have the best viewing conditions. Better to play it safe than try to cram in as much as possible, then?

Anyway, you may get better results if zooming the web page. At least Google Chrome and Opera (not sure about the rest) supports remembering the zoom settings for web sites too. However, this will also cause slightly blurrier graphics. But the text can be made as large as before that way.

Otherwise, you may also wish to try out this User Script:
http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/89552

This will fix the size only for status updates.

Follow the instructions there for your browser to install it, and revert the font change. This script could break if Facebook once again changes layout though...

Northgrove said,
I wonder how this is working out on a high dot pitch monitor for a user with less than perfect eye sight.

****, that's how its working out. They've not just altered the font size, the actual text is now below the name as well - why and why?!

Cpugeni Ω said,

****, that's how its working out. They've not just altered the font size, the actual text is now below the name as well - why and why?!


It makes sense for them to have the line break between the name and post. It looked quite messy, especially when the first word of the post tagged a person or page.

Facebook no longer wish users to post statuses in the 3rd person, so this change makes a lot of sense.