Look who’s getting a makeover. It has been a while since the last major news feed redesign for Facebook, but the day has finally come. Although Facebook’s look is ‘different’, you probably will find it more than a little familiar.
The new Facebook news feed is all about looking clean while also being very image-centric in design. Facebook is calling the new look “mobile-inspired”, but Google+-inspired is probably the more accurate term here. Of course that’s not really a bad thing.
Google+ has a beautiful design that is much less cluttered than what we’ve come to expect from Facebook. Being fair, that’s how most businesses work. You take what looks good and works well, and you tweak it to the point that you can call it your own.
Outside of making images bigger, there will also be changes that make finding content much easier. For example, if you are only interested in looking at your friend’s photos, there is a photo feed button that will bring all of the pictures up. Interested in checking out the people you are following? There’s a feed button for that, too.
Do you have a bunch of businesses, movies, books and other places on your “liked” list? There will also be a friend’s feed that will filter out all that content for those times when you are only in the mood to take a look at actual posts from people you know.
As someone who uses Facebook occasionally to keep in touch with friends that have yet to move over to Google+, I’m excited to see this new look.
Like most rollouts of this nature, the change will happen gradually. The News Feed for regular web will start rolling out today, with the mobile version to follow in the coming weeks. If you are interested in getting the new look sooner rather than later, Facebook has created a page that allows you to sign up and join a waiting list for the site update.
What do you think of Facebook’s ‘new’ look, excited for it or would you rather things stay as they are?