Facebook's Radical New Design

HEADS UP! Facebook is changing again and hopefully for the better this time! Since its birth in 2004, Facebook has experienced some pretty noticeable growth.  Probably the most significant of this evolution was when Timeline was introduced in late 2011 (along with a gratuitous amount of complaining from my parents).  Since then, we’ve seen some minor changes, but nothing incredibly impactful for the user.

I think my roommate describes Facebook’s recent vibe the best - “Checking your Facebook is kind of like opening the refrigerator door even when you know nothing is in there. It leaves you feeling even more frustrated and unsatisfied than when you started.” As a social media fanatic, I am almost ashamed to admit I was starting to agree with him…that was until now.

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With an intensified focus on imagery, this new version of Facebook promises to give us the breath of fresh air we’ve all been craving. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve certainly found myself using Twitter and Instagram WAY more recently and it’s probably because the current  FB timeline is WAY too cluttered.  Information overload! It’s about time Facebook developers promise us a much cleaner and more intuitive design. 

"The news feed is one of the most important things we've built," Mark Zuckerberg said. Likening news feed to "the most personalized newspaper," Zuckerberg added that "the stories around you deserve to be displayed with more than just text."

"How we're all sharing is changing and the news feed needs to evolve with those changes. This is the evolving face of news feed."

Check it out!

You might even notice a little bit of Google+ and Instagram working its way into the design.  You can bet your left kidney this was intentional! Social media trends are all headed toward a cleaner and easy to understand design with more emphasis on the visual.  It seems Facebook is FINALLY taking a lesson from its competition and making an effort to adapt.

The second half to this overhaul comes with more abilities to control and filter your news feed. These new feeds will allow the user to subscribe to different types of media.  They include feeds dedicated to just close friends, all friends, music, photos and those who a user chooses to follow.  Finally I’ll be able to kindly ignore people in my network without feeling like I’ve decimated them with the hide tool. We still don’t have a total grasp on the full effect these changes will bring, but it doesn’t stop me from getting pretty excited.

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The snarky side of me can’t help but wonder if it’s MySpace’s re-launch that finally spurred Zuckerberg to get back on his horse.  I still find it hilarious Justin Timberlake was such a huge part of MySpace’s attempt at a comeback. ISN’T IT IRONIC? (Alanis Morissette reference)

Anyway, I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated as more information is released.  Until then comment below with your thoughts or if you’ve heard anything interesting.  I always love to hear from you guys!

Until next time,