Facebook Makes Changes to News Feeds
By on September 21st, 2011

Facebook has made some pretty significant changes to the news feed.  Mark Tonkelowitz, Engineering Manager at Facebook, detailed the changes on the Facebook Blog yesterday. These changes come only one week after Facebook announced improved friend list capabilities. In a nutshell, all of these changes are an attempt by Facebook to show the news and updates, they think the users, want to see.

The first major change is the addition of “Top Stories” to the news feed. If it has been a while between visits, Facebook will show the top photos and statuses that were posted while you were gone. Facebook compares this feature to a newspaper. Instead of everything being in chronological order, a newspaper shows you the most important news first. Below you will see a picture of how the “Top Stories” will appear in your news feed. Notice the blue corner denoting a “Top Story”.

Image Courtesy of Facebook Blog

If you frequent Facebook more often, you will see the more recent stories first. You will also notice in the picture below, pictures will be displayed larger in the feed.

New Story

Image Courtesy of Facebook Blog

The second major change is the addition of the “Ticker”. The “Ticker” is a real time feed that will be located in the top right corner of the screen, just above the chat section. Below, you will see an example of how the “Ticker” will look. When you see something that interests you in the “Ticker” feed, click on it to see the full story. The neat thing about this feature is that you can respond to updates in real time without having to navigate away from the main news page.

Ticker

Image Courtesy of Facebook Blog

It is yet to be seen whether these new features will be embraced as improvements, or just another annoying change. There are already a lot of varied opinions posted in response to this blog post. Facebook is banking a lot on its ability to provide its users with the news they want. This seems like a pretty tall order. The big question is will they be able to come up with some  algorithm that can figure out what news is important to a person?

What do you think? Do you see these changes as an improvement? I would be interested in hearing your take on the features.

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Darrin is an IT manager for a large electrical contractor in Louisville KY. He is married and has 3 kids. He loves helping people with their technology needs. He runs a blog called Say Geek!

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  • Clare Cosgrove

    http://www.facebook.com/groups/wewanttheoldprofileback/

    Definitely not embracing the changes at all!!

    So many things have changed that have destroyed what made FB an enjoyable place to be a member of.Google+ is looking more and more attractive everyday!!

    WE WANT THE OLD PROFILE BACK NOW GROUP!!

    • http://saygeek.blogspot.com/ Darrin Jenkins

      Clare I believe you are not alone! Thanks for reading us!

  • me

    Facebook sucks…when is someone (other than the google monster) going to come out with something GOOD?!

  • Beth Harris

    IMHO – Not improvements. Not even close. The powers that be seem to believe that I don’t want to see my friends updates, that I don’t want to see things in order and that I care what everyone and everything my friends may be connected to that I am is interesting to me. News flash – I have a small group of friends, all of whom I know, all of whom I have actually had conversations with – that’s how I control what I am exposed to. How dare FB decide that it knows better than I what I want.

    What I want is a system whose programmers respect my right to decide. And I guess I will be searching elsewhere for it.

  • j.c.

    Privacy went out the window with these changes. If I don’t get control over my privacy I’m gone.

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    I want to remove timeline… how can I do? please help me.

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      just be patient then the desire which you want will be removed from our mind ) so it is impossible to remove it )

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000322646581 Rita Rogers

    I would love 2 remove timeliner?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=791660593 Lucy Wallis

    I hate this timeline and feel naked.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1410347012 Stephen Booth

      There is nothing available to visitors when you have time line that is not already on your F B page. It is just displayed differently. Be sure to check and adjust your security and privacy settings after the change over. T L is designed for users of tablets & smartphones who scroll instead of using a mouse.

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    How to Remove Timeline.

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    I want to remove timeline please tell me how can I do please tell me I hate time line.

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    how can I remove timeline on my facebook account.

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