Facebook has been bringing changes to its news feed a lot lately either to make the experience better for the users or fight misinformation and spread of propaganda-based, terrorist content. And one more is on its way as the social media platform aims at making their service better by providing users with a news feed that’s ‘an easier place to connect and navigate’.
The company has worked on three aspects of the news feed that are aimed at making conversations smoother, improving readability and making it easier to navigate.
“Every person’s News Feed is different and populated with a unique set of stories — from photos and videos to GIFs and links. And with so many types of stories available, each feed is more complex than ever,” Facebook stated.
“In order to make News Feed more conversational and easier to read and navigate, we’ll be making a few updates to its design over the coming weeks,” the company added.
Making Conversations Better
Facebook has revamped their popular comment section, making it easier to find out which comments are direct replies to another person and which ones are standalone.
The company will be making these four updates to the news feed in order to make it easier for people to read and find relevant information.
Colour contrast has been increased so that typography is more legible.
Link previews will now be larger than before, making it easier to read.
Icons for more options on a post (down-arrow), ‘Like’, ‘Comment’ and ‘Share’ have been given a new look.
Profile pictures for users are now circular as opposed to the squarish style before.
Making Navigation Easier
In order to enhance the navigation experience on the news feed for users, Facebook has made the following three changes:
Users will be able to see the target page for the link before they click on it.
Information about the post’s creator will be readily available while a user is commenting, reacting or reading that post.
The back button to return to the news feed from a post has been redesigned and made more prominent.
Earlier this month, Facebook had announced several updates to the platform in a bid to fight fake news.
Facebook released Related Articles which they started testing out earlier this year in April. These additional articles show up below the article that the user engages with, providing them with related information surrounding that topic.
Facebook aims to serve readers with news about the same topic from different publications using this methodology so that people have more information to consume and can make in informed decision on the basis of the same.
In another update to the news feed this month, the social media giant announced that they will now show more web pages that load quicker, higher in the news feed than the ones that load slowly on mobile phones.