Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
World Wide Web
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Facebook News Feed: More Options But with a Uniform Look
Facebook News Feed: More Options But with a Uniform Look

By Adam Dickter
March 7, 2013 4:35PM

    Bookmark and Share
Facebook's News Feed changes allow separation of items by music, photos, all friends and those you are following, and allow photos taken and posted by phone -- up to half of all News Feed items come from phones -- to display better. The changes also will make the appearance of Facebook more uniform on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
 



If you're the type of Facebook user who gets upset when the social networking giant introduces format changes, you'll likely have some mixed feelings about the redesigned News Feed unveiled by founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday.

But for those who may have tired of boring information about what your least favorite friends liked or commented on may be grateful for what is promised to be a new, "uncluttered look."

Evolution at Work

"This design reflects the evolving face of News Feed," said Zuckerberg at the company's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, according to The New York Times.

The new features allow separation of items by music, photos, all friends and those you are following, and allow photos taken and posted by phone -- up to half of all News Feed items come from phones these days, Zuckerberg said -- to display better. It will also make the appearance of Facebook more uniform on your computer, tablet or smartphone screen. A sticky menu stays on the left-hand side no matter where you go on Facebook, and you can easily get to the top of the feed whenever a new item arrives.

"We've completely rebuilt each story to be much more vibrant and colorful and highlight the content that your friends are sharing," Facebook insists on its news page announcing the changes. "Photos, news articles, maps and events all look brighter and more beautiful."

You likely won't be seeing the changes in the immediate future, though. Like Graph Search -- the last updated feature which allows searching Facebook's near-billion members as well as pages through criteria other than names -- it will debut only in beta version for an exclusive few to take for a spin before its prime time release in the next few weeks.

If you're antsy, you can get on a waiting list by signing up at www.facebook.com/newsfeed.

Facebook says the changes will hit iPhones and iPads first, and Android-powered devices later on.

Since its debut in 2004, Facebook has undergone numerous design changes from its basic appearance to minor tweaks. The most poorly received was Timeline, which replaced the standard profile with a chronological display of all a user's posts and life events. It forced users to sort through their entire history to see which posts should or shouldn't be seen by whom.

As of Thursday afternoon, a Facebook group called Timeline Sucks had more than 46,000 members.

Change Is Needed

The News Feed changes aren't likely to garner that kind of opposition, though, and Facebook desperately needs to keep users engaged at a time when fatigue may be setting in. As we reported this week, Facebook noted in its annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission that "some of our users, particularly our younger users, are aware of and actively engaging with other products and services similar to, or as a substitute for, Facebook."

Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group said Facebook still doesn't have a viable rival that could knock it off its throne. But he said the News Feed changes "should make Facebook far more useful and far less annoying, which should at least slow folks leaving the service and could stop the trend. I do think this was necessary to keep folks engaged and advertisers happy."

It is also likely the new design makes it easier for ads to display bigger and perhaps more often in the News Feed. Facebook executives sidestepped questions on that topic at the conference, the Times said.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 World Wide Web
1.   Tor Working To Fix Security Exploit
2.   Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
3.   Internet of Things Comes to DIYers
4.   Microsoft CEO Sees 'Bold' Plan Ahead
5.   Social Media Haters Speak Up


advertisement
Radical.FM's Freemium Biz Model
Online radio startup asks for donations.
Average Rating:
Facebook Social Experiment Irks Us
Secretive test was legal, but ethical?
Average Rating:
Tor Working To Fix Security Exploit
Bug reportedly reveals ID of users
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 
Contrary to Report, Lenovo's Staying in Small Windows Tablets
Device maker Lenovo has clarified a report that indicated it is getting out of the small Windows tablet business -- as in the ThinkPad 8 and the 8-inch Miix 2. But the firm said it is not exiting that market.
 
Seagate Unveils Networked Drives for Small Businesses
Seagate is out with five new networked attached storage products aimed at small businesses. The drives are for companies with up to 50 workers, and range in capacity from two to 20 terabytes.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.