In a news conference, Facebook announced that there will be changes to the way the Facebook newsfeed looks and operates.
Chief among the concerns for the new design seemed to be an emphasis on images in the wake of the popularity of other image-based social media sites such as Pintrest.
"Back when we started, newsfeed was primarily made of text," said company co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, "but now that we have all these cameras in our pockets, what we're trying to do is give everyone in the world the best personalized newspaper we can."
Director of design Julie Zhou harkened back to an older media form by saying they hoped to make news feeds more like the best personal magazine.
So what can you expect from the new Facebook design (besides scores of friends complaining about the old design being better)?
- Images that show up on your newsfeed will be bigger and of higher quality.
- When people show up on your newsfeed, the profile picture will be bigger and cover photo will also appear
- There will be specialized feeds. According to what was said in the news conference, there will be a drop-down tab on your homepage with different feeds, such as a friends feed, which will show you everything posted by your friends, a music feed showing everything relevant to the musicians you like, a photos feed just with images from friends and a following feed showing you everything from the pages and public figures you've liked. "With time, the feeds will arrange themselves in order of which you use the most."
- Facebook will fetch you relevant articles about the people and things you like.
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