(NEWS CENTER) -- On Thursday, Facebook announced changes coming to the news feed feature.
Facebook has branded this new change "goodbye clutter" which fits the goal very well. The biggest change is an option of news feeds. Trying to model a newspaper, they will have a music feed, sports feed and a follow feeds. The follow feed will feature the pages you've "liked"or the people you follow/subscribe to (this is different from the people you friend). They've also said these feeds will be in chronological order, which has been a major complaint from users. Here are all the new feeds they are offering:
- All Friends - a feed that shows you everything your friends are sharing
- Photos - a feed with nothing but photos from your friends and the Pages you like
- Music - a feed with posts about the music you listen to
- Following - a feed with the latest news from the Pages you like and the people you follow.
It looks as though you can customize feeds as you like. The same way you do now with "lists." It looks like you can keep the lists you have currently, but they'll now be called "feeds" instead of "lists."
The option of most recent and top stories will stay as an option too, but the "all friends" will propbably be the more popular feature. It will function like "news ticker" does now.
The other big changes will be way you see and use Facebook on desktop and mobile. The mobile side has been upgraded to be more aware of the device that it is one and size itself to a more friendly user design. This basically means that the way you see it on your desktop/laptop will be exactly the same as you see it on the iPhone/iPad and Android devices. This will actually favor the iPad, or tablet, experience more.
The other big take away is the quality of photos. Facebook said today that, to this point, the quality has not been as dynamic as the original files of the photos we're taking. So they will now allow for the highest quality possible. This also plays into actual news stories. The images from links/news sites, will be bigger. Their plan is to take better advantage of the various photos from news organizations (and liked pages) throughout various posts. Bottom line, more visual.
These changes, as with all Facebook changes, will take time to roll out. They say we won't see them right away, but you might see the odd little change here and there. They've also allowed for people to sign up the the changes right away through this link:
Now while this will still time to roll out, anyone who signs up will get is sooner then the general masses. Facebook wants to iron out any bugs in the system by allowing early adopters.
My opinion: Both the photo changes and the news feed options are very similar to options Google + has already rolled out. While Facebook has no worries about Google + stealing their thunder, it is nice to see they are aware of the better features Google is up to.