Facebook updates News Feed features

As Facebook gets ready for its f8 developers conference on Thursday, the social networking web site is adding even more features for its users. Today, Facebook revealed some changes to its News Feed that will allow users to check out more important items first.

In a post on Facebook's blog site, team member Mark Tonkelowitz said, " ... News Feed will act more like your own personal newspaper. You won't have to worry about missing important stuff. All your news will be in a single stream with the most interesting stories featured at the top."

In addition to the new way that News Feed words on Facebook, there's an added feature called Ticker. It basically shows all of the updates that your friends post on their pages instantly, whether its a check in to their favorite restaurant, a post about a movie they have just seen and more. If you use Facebook on a wider screen you can slide the grey bar between the ticker and Facebok's chat feature. That should limit how many of your friend's updates you can see at a time.

Facebook's new features, including last week's new Friends Group additions, come just before Facebook is scheduled to hold its f8 developers conference on Thursday. The company is scheduled to make a number of additional announcements which may include things like added integration with music providers such as Pandora and support for streaming movie companies like Netflix and Hulu. It may also add a way to update a user's Twitter page directly from Facebook.

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I'd be happy if they gave me an option to remove/hide the ticker. That's the only part of this update that really bothers me. I already have one news feed, I don't need another one telling me who liked what every 2 seconds.

question about the Friends List.

if i create a list and put several people in to it.. i then post something limit it to a list, will people in that list be able to see each other (ie who else are in it ) also those that are not inthe list i would assume would not see that update right?

Also hate that i can't post on someone else wall but limit that post on who in my friends list can see what i have posted.

eg i want a post to someone, but i dont want some of my friends seeing such post.
any before you ask.. i am mates with people, but they may not be mates with each other.

kazgor said,
question about the Friends List.

if i create a list and put several people in to it.. i then post something limit it to a list, will people in that list be able to see each other (ie who else are in it ) also those that are not inthe list i would assume would not see that update right?

Also hate that i can't post on someone else wall but limit that post on who in my friends list can see what i have posted.

eg i want a post to someone, but i dont want some of my friends seeing such post.
any before you ask.. i am mates with people, but they may not be mates with each other.

People can't see your friends lists. They won't know that you only posted it to your "Close Friends". And of course people not in that list will not see the update. That's the whole point.

If you want to comment on something in private, send them a message...

As a facebook user. I really didn't like the two news links they had on the main page.

Cause sometimes to see what someone had posted that was the lastest post..you had to click over to "recent news". Cause at least on my page..it was defaulted to "top news".

And a lot of the recent news didnt show up on the top news page.

Well i just got that update thrown in my lap as well (UK English) and all I want is my chronological updates back, fb has no business deciding what's important to me I can decide that for myself, thank you very much.

RudyJ said,
Well i just got that update thrown in my lap as well (UK English) and all I want is my chronological updates back, fb has no business deciding what's important to me I can decide that for myself, thank you very much.

I agree completely! I always had a choice, even with the past changes. Not this time though. They made the decision for me, and I have no control over it. That ****es me off more than anything else.

On top of that, the new main features are the ones that I have hated since their inception. Sure hope more of my friends switch too Google+ and quick so I can stop using FB.

RudyJ said,
Well i just got that update thrown in my lap as well (UK English) and all I want is my chronological updates back, fb has no business deciding what's important to me I can decide that for myself, thank you very much.

You can always mark things that you don't think are "top stories" as not being a top story.

People by nature hate change. I hated it right away, but now it's growing on me. it's quite obvious that FB is trying to outdo Google+.

patseguin said,
People by nature hate change. I hated it right away, but now it's growing on me. it's quite obvious that FB is trying to outdo Google+.

And twitter too, you can now "Subscribe" to peoples' updates, even people like Tom Anderson!

patseguin said,
People by nature hate change. I hated it right away, but now it's growing on me. it's quite obvious that FB is trying to outdo Google+.

I'm enjoying the changes.

Yea miss that chronological order too. It goes from this friend said this 3hrs ago to this friend said this 45min ago then to this friend said this 8hrs ago. It's all discombobulated. The status updates shows up twice. Once in the main area and then in the stalker bar. And I don't like that stalker bar either. I don't care what my friends say to their friends. If I wanted to know I would go to they're profile. Is there anyway I can not show what I say to other friends?

Miss being able to read EVERYTHING in chronological order in the most recent view... And the news ticker above my chat just annoys the hell out of me.

Jmixmaster said,
am I the only one who never used the "Top News" list? I really don't like having that incorporated now.

I'm not sure anyone I know used it. Most Recent was the way to go!

Horrendous. Do they even test this stuff? I just want my news feed unfiltered and in chronological order.. it seems to much to ask.

I'll decide what news is important to me. I don't want Facebook to try and do it for me.

Chicane-UK said,
Horrendous. Do they even test this stuff? I just want my news feed unfiltered and in chronological order.. it seems to much to ask.

I'll decide what news is important to me. I don't want Facebook to try and do it for me.

They do test it I had the pleasure last week of having it forced upon me. It's absolutely ridiculous you can't just switch to the "most recent" feed. We don't want random news stories Facebook has picked, in a seemingly random order to try and sifter through

Mark Thomas said,
EVERYONE PANIC! IT'S CHANGE AND WE DON'T LIKE CHANGE! GET YOUR RANT ON QUICK.

I would agree if we were talking about pretty much ANY of the past updates, but this one makes it impossible to just get a simple, chronological list of ALL friends' updates/pictures etc.

Mark Thomas said,
EVERYONE PANIC! IT'S CHANGE AND WE DON'T LIKE CHANGE! GET YOUR RANT ON QUICK.

No panicking here. In fact:

1. I like the improved Friends Lists. Now that irons out the Google Circles envy.

2. I like the change to photos - 900+ pixels on displayed photos. Flickr is becoming irrelevant!

3. I like the new layout of the Photos featured in the News Feed. Big Thumnails for the First Photo, then small thumbnails in the 2nd and 3rd, placed at the right of the big thumbnail.


Now, what I don't like:

1. Ticker. I keep a browser tab for Facebook open, so that I can check the News Feed every now and then. But I don't need the Ticker to hog my ping, and my bandwidth! Plus, I already have Notifications for important things. The noisy Ticker kinda defeats the purpose of Notifications.

Mark Thomas said,
EVERYONE PANIC! IT'S CHANGE AND WE DON'T LIKE CHANGE! GET YOUR RANT ON QUICK.

You actually made me have a serious real life laugh, I freaking love Neowin. Hahaha!

Mark Thomas said,
EVERYONE PANIC! IT'S CHANGE AND WE DON'T LIKE CHANGE! GET YOUR RANT ON QUICK.

Nothing against change as long as it's an actual improvement.....this is clearly not the case here if only for the fact that there is no way to disable/tweak/customize it.

god damn I hate this. the annoying stalker bar on the right is creepy and the updates thing is ... at best... ugh.

why can't they have an opt-in-beta for this crap and then listen to user feedback and then decide.....

oh wait that makes too much sense and making sense is not cool in this day and age.... bleh.

mabye FB is doing this because people are too addicted and they wanna force us off it little by little. oh well... competition's healthy!

I'm using English (UK) so I'm still safe but from what I've heard so far from people who had this shoved down their throats it's pretty annoying. What confuses me is that there doesn't seem to be a way to disable this. I only recently joined fb and already I wish there was an option to configure it in such a way that you have a pretty much bare-bone version. Like Yahoo Messenger where you can disable pretty much all the 'bells and whistles' and are left with a reasonably simple messenger.

Problem with all these updates is that some people like for example mum's and dad's or grans who could use the service before as it was simple are now going to find these features confusing.

Why does Facebook randomly update it's UI every single week, it seems a bit rash to me.

Facebook needs to stop updating itself out of the blue for no damn reason. It was fine the way it was before damnit. If you're going to update something then at least add something NEW don't just take what you have and rearrange it into some new mix.

GP007 said,
Facebook needs to stop updating itself out of the blue for no damn reason. It was fine the way it was before damnit. If you're going to update something then at least add something NEW don't just take what you have and rearrange it into some new mix.

this.... I'm getting sick to bloody hell of these changes. it's annoying and it also makes it lag more and more with every bloody UI update. it makes Fx use up 8%more CPU usage with this update on Fx and 12% more on the latest opera build. when I first joined in april.2010 it was lean and simple, now it's gotten so gawdy and broken it's hell to use sometimes.

I don't have this ticker thing , my screen resolution is 1440x900 . Any guesses why and how to get it ?

PS: i just wanna test it i know m lucky i dont have it

I do not like it at all. And I think most people would agree with me. Why can't they just give you the option of using a specific feature?

I nerdraged for a bit.. and created a list called... News Feed .. and added all my friends and pages I had liked.. so now I have my old "most recent" news feed back.. LOL

csfeist said,
I nerdraged for a bit.. and created a list called... News Feed .. and added all my friends and pages I had liked.. so now I have my old "most recent" news feed back.. LOL

That's a really good idea. I changed my language to English(UK), which doesn't appear to have gotten the updates yet. But it's only a matter of time...

Neobond said,
I dunno, my first impressions aren't good. Over-complicate things much Facebook?

mine too

too many things on the screen at once.....i donno man......

Neobond said,
I dunno, my first impressions aren't good. Over-complicate things much Facebook?

I saw that Ticker a long ago, like a test on select people.

I hated it, because it duplicates the News Feed.

2nd, it appears to show everything you do even if you chose not to display it. For example, if before you told Facebook to always hide your Liked Pages Activity, it's ignored by the Ticker.

Ticker shows everything.

Everything.

3rd reason: Because ticker shows everything, you see all the small things that can be creepy.

4th reason: It's noisy. It's like the popup notifications you see at the bottom left that fade away, except this time, it shows everything, like you're using IRC.

I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND. LEAVE IT BE. IT'S GOOD.
The ticker was hated. HATED. by people on twitter.
And now they integrate it? Bleh.