Surprised by a different Facebook layout this morning? Don’t worry, you computer did not go crazy or get hacked, it’s because Facebook has yet again rolled out a new design for its News Feed. Remember the new design that was announced last year that promised a larger News Feed area to display larger images, and will only show you things that “you care about”? That never happened and fast forward one year later, Facebook is back again with a new design and this time, it’s for real.
The new News Feed that was announced last year never really made it to the public and the reason behind that was people disliked the new menu on the left. Facebook only gave the access to a very limited number of users but all of them hated the idea of a new menu.
So what’s new in this year’s design First up, the font has been changed – Helvtica for Macs and Arial for PC. The choice of the fonts was because these are already used in your computer so sticking to the same font will give you a more simplified look that you’re already used to. In addition to that, Facebook also changed how it shows shared stories – instead of creating an indentation when friends leaves a comment, shared stories will get their own posts for the sake of a less messy interface.
Other changes include a simpler layout on the menu on the left. It looks the same to me, except for the new font, but according to TechCrunch who interviewed Facebook, you will get the same number of links whether you have a big or small display, so it’s easier for you to find the things you care about – your favorite game, for example. Finally, the most obvious change would be a larger image that is now full-width. Oh and one last thing, if you wish to switch from Top Stories to Most Recent, the option is now located on the left menu, under News Feed.
The new design is scheduled to roll out today so if you don’t see it already, try again in a while. So, what do you think of the new layout?