As promised last week, Facebook announced plans for a new design for its News Feed as company CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today at a press event that's also being livestreamed on Facebook's news page. Zuckerberg said that the idea behind the new design is based on a more visual theme and that they wanted to make the News Feed look more like the personalized newspaper front page.
The new design, as shown on the livestream, will present a unified look across both its desktop and mobile versions. It will also include larger images in the feed, along with bigger videos. Facebook will also offer users more choice and control over their feeds, something that was rumored earlier this week.
One choice will allow people to pick a feed that will show every single post and photo uploaded by their Facebook friends. It will also include a separate news feed choice for music, a photo-only feed and a following feed where you can see every fee from businesses and news content, in chronological order. The desktop should look more like the mobile app version of the feeds, which includes new navigation user interfaces; the desktop will also get a revamped chat UI.
The new News Feed design will go out in a limited trial later today and will go to smartphones and tablets in the next few weeks.
Update: Facebook has posted up a dedicated page about its revamped News Feed along with a way to get on the waiting list to try the new design out.
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