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5 things you'll like about Facebook's recent changes

Kristin Burnham | March 15, 2013
Facebook has been busy lately, unveiling Graph Search, a new News Feed and now a redesign of Timeline. The good news is that the changes are likely to improve the social network. Here's a look at the best features of Facebooks recent updates.

Following Feed: EdgeRank, Facebook's algorithm for determining which posts show up in your News Feed, caused a lot of headaches for Page managers in the last several months. The new Following feed will display all posts from news pages, public figures and sports teams you've liked, in chronological order-no need to sort by "Most Recent" or "Most Popular." The Following feed will also aggregate the most-shared posts on Facebook from the pages you like.

2. Streamlined Experience Across Devices

Facebook Vice President of Product Chris Cox says that the updated News Feed look is a "mobile-inspired Web design." You will have a similar experience across devices, whether you're accessing Facebook from your cell phone, tablet or desktop, he says.

The mobile version of Facebook currently features a left-side when you swipe the screen from left to right. Facebook's new News Feed will feature a similar right-size navigation on desktop versions, too. Click the icons on the left to access events, messenger, photos, search, apps, notes, feeds and more.

3. Cleanly Grouping News Feed Activity

When multiple friends post the same popular story on Facebook, the activity can clutter your News Feed. Facebook aims to solve this problem by introducing a cleaner, more streamlined look for when multiple friends share the same thing.

The new design shows off the popular post-whether it's a photo, video, status update or news article-and groups your friends who have shared it in thumbnails on the left. Hover over each of the thumbnails to see what your friends have said about the post.

4. Read More About the Things You Like

If you've liked a certain musical artist, celebrity, public figure or interest page, expect to see more news stories about them in your News Feed.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the redesigned News Feed should feel like your own, personalized news paper. But rather than inserting multiple news items into your feed, Facebook groups them into topics. If you've liked Taylor Swift, for example, you'll see some of the most shared stories about her from across the web on Facebook.

5. A Cleaner Timeline

Facebook most recently released images for a new Timeline design. Posts are no longer split down the middle; the new Timeline features a single, larger column that displays all posts in chronological order.

It also replaces the Friends, Photos and Apps boxes you now see below the cover photo with simplified tabs. Recent activity is moved to a narrower box on the left side of the page.

Many people complained when Timeline first launched that the design made posts difficult to read. The new profile design, which is rolling out to users in the coming weeks, is simple and clean.


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