The next time you log into your Facebook app, don’t be surprise to see a slightly different interface. The social networking company is giving its News Feed a minor makeover to make it “an easier place to connect and navigate”. At the same time, Facebook is also introducing several new features to its Facebook Camera.
First up, the comments section on Facebook is going to get a little bubblier. Instead of just showing lines of text, comments will be highlighted into speech bubbles. Facebook says that this will make it “easier to see which comments are direct replies to another person.”
Another more notable change is the overall typography on News Feed. The update brings increased colour contrast so that the text is more legible. Facebook will also provide larger link previews, updated icons and Like, Comment, and Share buttons that are larger and easier to tap, and circular profile picture to see who’s posting or commenting.
Finally, the update will also make it easier for people to navigate News Feed. You can see where the link will take you before clicking onto it – this sounds like a great tool you can use to check the URL of the link so you don’t end up in some dodgy website. Facebook will also show clearly whose post you are commenting on, reacting to, or reading while you’re in the post. A more prominent back button will make it easier for you to return to your News Feed after you’ve finished reading.
As for Facebook Camera, the company is introducing several new features including Live, GIF and Text. With the update, you can go live from the Facebook Camera, and use the app’s creative effects too. Live videos will appear on your Facebook Story.
GIF on Facebook Camera was first discovered about a month ago, and is now being rolled out to users globally. GIF on Facebook Camera allow users to create short 2-second looping videos. Finally, the update also allow you to use Facebook Camera to share full-screen text posts that include a coloured background with text on top. GIF and Text posts made using Facebook Camera can be shared to News Feed, your Story, or Direct.
The News Feed redesign will be rolled out in the coming weeks, and the update for Facebook Camera starts rolling out today for iOS and Android devices.