Facebook unveils news feed revamp

Facebook has announced it´s rolling out a "richer, simpler, more beautiful" news feed

08 Mar 2013


Modern life can be hectic, so when surfing the web at the weekend or after work it's nice when things are simple and easy to use.

Now Facebook has unveiled a new design for its news feed which it says is "richer and simpler".  


Speaking on Thursday in the US, Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted to turn the news feeds into the "best personalised newspaper".

As you probably already know, the news feed compiles a list of photo, comment, video and status updates from a user's friends and it's often the first port of call when logging on to the site.

It is hoped the changes will reduce clutter, making news feeds "richer, simpler, more beautiful", while giving users easier access to stories they are actually interested in.

This will be achieved by splitting up stories into categories, such as photos, music and news from the pages that users like.

Zuckerberg made the announcement at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on Thursday night and described it as a "big change".

Many of us use Facebook for viewing and sharing photos and it's thought the redesigned news feeds will place greater emphasis on pics, making them larger and "more beautiful", while the revamp will bring the site's look closer to its Android and iOS apps.

Facebook said we would see the changes "in the coming weeks".

Adverts are also expected to be bigger and more difficult to ignore under the revamp.

This is shaping up to be a big year for the social network, with this being the second major announcement of 2013 after Zuckerberg unveiled a new search engine for content uploaded by users in January.

Earlier this year the social networking giant reported 1.06 billion people were using its service at least once a month.

Copyright Press Association 2013