Facebook is finally getting a much-needed makeover. On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed a new user interface for the social networking website’s home page. The new design is meant to be more engaging and be “the best personalized newspaper in the world,” according to Zuckerberg. All members should have the update within the next four weeks.
The redesign was meant to address one of the key challenges the social networking site is currently facing – how to keep users engaged and coming back, despite competing social networks.
What’s so special about the updated News Feed? InformationWeek says it’s brighter, less cluttered and more mobile-friendly. They are featuring the use of larger and sharper photos and video thumbnails. This is meant to make stories on your feed more appealing and interactive.
The News Feed also has a new feature that gives the user a choice of feeds. Some examples include, an “All Friends” feed, a “Music” feed, a “Photos” feed and a “Following” feed, among others. This will give users more control over what stories they see.
The redesign will also be just as visually appealing on mobile devices and tablets.
Like most people, I use Facebook on a daily basis. I like to see what my friends are up to, but get irritated sifting through information that I don’t want to see. But I’m interested in seeing for myself how the News Feed looks, so I have already added myself to the waitlist to get the new homepage.
Here’s hoping that the new News Feed will be successful and show us the stories we really want to see.