The no.1 social media network in the world, Facebook started sending press invites last week for an event to be held on March 7, 2013. Tech enthusiasts predicted that would showcase, new updates and changes to the social network's newsfeed feature. Now that the event is over, there is a better understanding on what exactly do the news updates bring to the table.
Well, at the event, CEO Mark Zuckeberg declared a revamped newsfeeds, redesigned to make it more visually engaging and to provide mobile consistency to uniform the feature's experience, across different platforms.
Zuckerberg, further explained about Facebook's intentions to give a personalized newspaper experience to the users with the News Feed feature, that will enable them to chose from variety of different feeds and dig deeper into the topic of their choice.
Facebook's design director Julie Zhuo revealed that the new version of news feed feature, has been designed to reduce clutter and to bring fresh new look.
Moreover, the new design will offer a more vibrant, colorful and highlight content to each feed. Photos, news articles, maps and events, look brighter and more visually appealing.
Redesigned News Feeds
Facebook has introduced several new features in the new feeds inclduing:
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
Images are said to make up 50% of the of total news feed content, bringing more visual appeal.
A new prominent left sidebar, which will merge both navigational elements and Facebook chat. On the other hand, the right sidebar, disappears into the background, giving a better view of the birthday announcements, app requests, People You May Know section and ads.
The news design does bring a lot of functions but surprisingly the pages look more spacious as the right hand navigation bar collapses down as you scroll down and the bar on the left-hand side tucks in like a drawer.
Mobile consistency to uniform the feature's experience, across different platforms.
The new design will have a influence on everything, including the add on the social network.
Facebook will be rolling out the new design slowly over the coming weeks, starting from today. Not all users will be getting the new updates immediately. While few might get the updates today,others might have to wait longer to get them.