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The main way users interact with Facebook is through their News Feed. It shows what their friends are sharing, videos to watch, what companies you have liked are sharing, etc. Despite other changes to the layout, the News Feed has generally remained unchanged. Until now that is, Facebook has recently announced multiple changes to the News Feed.
Here’s an overview of the new changes introduced in Facebook’s News Feed overhaul.
Bigger, more engaging content
The biggest, most obvious change is that the new News Feed is wider. That’s because the menu bar that traditionally has taken up the left-hand side of the window has been more or less removed. It’s now a hovering bar that can collapse to the left-side of the screen. If you’ve seen the recent Android and iPad/iPhone layout, where you can press a button to see your friends menu, it’s similar to that.
Because of the new layout, the content shown on the feed is now larger. This means larger images, news stories, events and maps. To better take advantage of this, it is recommended that any images you upload to your profile be around 600X600 pixels – no smaller than 200X200 pixels.
There is another change that could pose useful: When a friend or local business appears on a user’s wall, they will see the entire Timeline badge and location if they have allowed it.
To get the most out the new layout, Facebook has also introduced a number of new News Feeds to explore. Before we get into the new feeds, it would pay to talk about how Facebook has become smarter. Over time, as you comment on posts or share items, Facebook will start to show recommendations based on your past activity. For example if you are sharing news about cloud storage, you will begin to see suggestions around other cloud storage posts, articles or programs that could interest you.
This new layout comes with a few different feeds that can help filter the content you see. The announced feeds are:
The same views across all platforms
Finally, Facebook has noted that with this new layout, the News Feed will be the same across all devices. No more looking at a completely different News Feed on your phone or tablet. This is a good move, and should increase your company’s exposure over time.
If you access Facebook on your mobile phone – Android or iPhone/iPad – you have likely seen the new changes, as the apps were updated in mid March and included the new mobile version of the News Feed. The company started rolling out the new layout on March 7 and has noted that the change will take place over a couple of months. Some lucky users may even have it now.
Looking forward to the new changes? Or, perhaps you are a little apprehensive? Why not contact us today to see how we can help you get the most out of any change Facebook introduces.