Tuesday evening Mark Zuckerburg and Facebook debuted a layout for everyone. Facebook is already known for making random changes to their website. Since it is one of the most used social networks worldwide, when changes are made there’s always mixed reviews.
The most noticeable change to Facebook is the news feed timeline. Before it would just be in chronological order, now stories are listed as top stories and most interesting stories. This is so that even users who don’t log in often can still see the top stories in a given timeframe.
“News Feed will act more like your own personal newspaper,” ABC reported Mark Tonkelowitz, an engineering manager at Facebook, as saying. “You won’t have to worry about missing important stuff. All your news will be in a single stream with the most interesting stories featured at the top.”
Besides the main news feed, there are now also multiple update sections on the home page. There are tickers along the margins that update the user on what their friends are up to Photos are also larger.
The new changes to the news feed and the home page are the main point of controversy. Many people were already comfortable with the chronological order. Also, with the new changes, Facebook will determine what it believes is the most interesting news to include in the top stories.
The new Facebook changes have generated a range of reactions. The Baltimore Sun listed the top 10 funniest reactions to the changes. One was the tweet: “Facebook is starting to feel like that deadbeat boyfriend you just don’t know how to break up with.”- @ScrewyDecimal.
It’s going to take time for people to get use to the new changes on Facebook.