Facebook unveils revamped News Feed, will start rolling out in coming weeks

By , Mar 7, 2013

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As expected, Facebook has unveiled a revamped News Feed today. The refresh, which the company says was ‘mobile-inspired,’ will significantly change the way the personalized stream is displayed on your desktop, smartphone and tablet.

Changes include larger images and videos, the introduction of sub feeds, which will allow you to separate the different content that appears in your feed, and a much more organized interface. More details and a video after the fold…

Here’s Facebook’s official introductory video “Behind the News Feed Redesign”

And the obligatory blog post announcement:

“Today we’re announcing a new version of Facebook designed to reduce clutter and focus more on stories from the people you care about. You see all the stories you saw in your News Feed before, but with a fresh new look. We’ve completely rebuilt each story to be much more vibrant and colorful and highlight the content that your friends are sharing. Photos, news articles, maps and events all look brighter and more beautiful.”

In addition to the new look, Facebook is introducing four new feeds, or sub feeds, to help organize your content.

  • 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.

Admittedly, the revamped News Feed looks great—it’s being compared to Google+. And the new sub feeds sound good on paper. But how well will these things translate to real world usage? Facebook has a notoriously skeptical user base.

Perhaps that’s why it’s announced that it’s going to be rolling the new features out “slowly, and carefully” over the next few weeks. That way, if it receives strong negative user feedback on a particular aspect, it can quickly change or pull it.

Expect to see the new News Feed in your iPhone and iPad apps within the next month. But for those of you who just can’t wait, you can sign up for the wait list here to get a shot at trying the new feature before it becomes available.

We have to know, what are your thoughts on the new Facebook News Feed? Good, bad, or meh?

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  • Boss

    People still use Lamebook?

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Nah, just a billion or so users :p

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=727985674 Tarek M Mourad

      One of the main sources of news. Depending, of course, on your circle of friends and pages

    • Irfan Tarique

      IKR!!! i still use myspace

    • notewar

      You still use pigeons as a mean of communication?

    • Matthew Gould

      I like how people try to be creative and insert words into others in an attempt to insult them… like people that say “GaySpace”, or “Gaystation” , or “Lamebook”. Gives us a brief insight to their lack of creativity and/or intelligence.

  • hasan51h

    Interesting .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=727985674 Tarek M Mourad

    I would like to see that interface very much. Especially without the silly and embarrassing ads.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ouelletjonathan Jonathan Ouellet

      Install adblock and sillu ads will disappear :p

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.thurmond Justin Thurmond

    looks pretty good actually. im glad it wasnt anything like that preview that one guy posted..

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelJDelaney Michael Jay Delaney

    “We’re improving the News Feed…by adding more News Feeds.”

    • http://twitter.com/Roxzt Roxzt

      Yo Dawg!

      • sambuzzlight

        I heard too

    • Matthew Gould

      Heard you liked news feeds?! So we went and put some news feeds in your newsfeeds!

  • Latrese

    Yay..yet another interface change I have to figure out….-_-

    • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

      I hate people like you.

      Accept change or you will get no where in life.

      • sadaN

        He means Facebook constantly changes, on a weekly basis, not always to the better, but to the more confusing…

      • Latrese

        Thank you lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

        Well he didn’t say that part… Lol. I just get pissed because all my friends on Facebook complain about any little change that happens. He just sounded like one of them. So sorry. Lol

      • sadaN

        BTW, I hate people like you, who don’t fully understand a statement before judging it…

      • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

        He didnt say anything to explain his point. I took what he said and that’s it.

  • http://twitter.com/jmarsh5 Justin Marshall

    Facebook would never pull back on their plans. Rolling it out slowly may be a way of getting feedback, but regardless of the feedback the design will surely stay. I personally think it looks good. I like the larger content.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Looks like G+ :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

    This layout might actually make me use it more. I pretty much didnt use Facebook because of how cluttered it was.

  • http://twitter.com/ExWoW MiKey

    Looks awesome! Can’t wait :)
    Always thought the iOS Facebook Design looks better

  • http://www.facebook.com/angelofchit May T. Win

    I barely got use to with the new fb… and now they have the new new fb…

  • Anon

    I wonder where the guy who bashed a guy for saying it would be bother for the browser and the iOS device is?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.kunert Lucas Kunert

    Yo dawg, I heard you like newsfeeds, so we put newsfeeds in your newsfeeds, so you can read while you read.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1496513068 Zach Krase

    i bet the biggest complaint they get is all the advertising… and i loved how they didnt show any advertisments in the new news feed video… all that extra space on the screen for more advertisements on both the left and right of our news feed i bet.