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Facebook is expected to make a lot of big announcements this week at f8. More on those here. The company is hardly waiting, however, to go ahead and get other changes to the user experience out there ahead of time.

They already added the subscribe button, new friends list options and new sharing controls. Now they’ve announced changes to how the news feed works and the ticker feature that they’ve been testing for a while.

The news feed will now surface content based on your Facebook visiting habits. Facebook’s Mark Tonkelowitz explains:

When you pick up a newspaper after not reading it for a week, the front page quickly clues you into the most interesting stories. In the past, News Feed hasn’t worked like that.  Updates slide down in chronological order so it’s tough to zero in on what matters most. 

Now, News Feed will act more like your own personal newspaper. You won’t have to worry about missing important stuff. All your news will be in a single stream with the most interesting stories featured at the top. If you haven’t visited Facebook for a while, the first things you’ll see are top photos and statuses posted while you’ve been away. They’re marked with an easy-to-spot blue corner.

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The ticker simply displays updates from your friends as they post in realtime. This should keep you from missing things.

Facebook has a video explaining the features here.

Facebook Changes How The News Feed Works
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  • http://www.losewithherbs.com jimmy johnston

    I am not sure i like the new newsfeed but I do like facebook and they need some updating

  • http://www.miempleoencasa.com/site/ Vinicio – Trabajo en Casa

    I can see changes in Facebook almost daily, I think that Facebook don´t test its changes it always have bugs…

  • http://www.seonorthamerica.com Tom Aikins

    So how is Facebook going to decide what is important and what isn’t? How will they know this? Sounds like a bunch of BS to me.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      It doesn’t seem to be going over very well so far. You can adjust how much you want to see from anybody from their profiles. That may help a bit.

  • Jung Gatoona

    Dear Facebook,

    When I left Myspace for you, I thought our new relationship would be magic. Since then, you’ve changed … a lot. After our initial sessions, you became annoying, constantly bugging me to see your parents, Farmville and Mob Wars. Then when we had our child, Android, you gave very little support, and you never left notices. Then came the issue where you spilled our private life onto the world. Things will never be the same. And the plastic surgery you keep getting, constantly changing your appearance. I thought you looked wonderful then, but now, I don’t even know who you are. I’m leaving you dear. I’ve met someone else. Her name is Google Plus.

    Goodbye.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      MySpace should be relaunching next month.

  • angi

    The new Facebook feed thing SUCKS…and I’m obviously not the only one who thinks so, since the only posts I am seeing are pretty much all asking WTF? HATE IT and am seriously considering going to a different network that doesn’t think they suck so much that they constantly change everything. IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT!!

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      No, you’re definitely not the only one.

  • Gina

    I have no Idea why the hell fb is changing things. It’s beyond annoying that I now have to block conversations that are going on on the right hand side of my screen. Put the shit back to the way it was. if not I’ll find another form of social media.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      That’s what Google is hoping (and Twitter).

  • Spike

    When you pick up a newspaper

    People don’t pick up newspapers any more. What rock is Facebook living under that they think newspaper usage is a model to emulate? Unless they are trying to emulate newspaper usage drop-off.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Good point.

  • Chritsy

    I 100% completely disagree with the changes!!!!!!!! For 1. the pic’s are extremely large (3D), 2. It makes it difficult to see your home page. We don’t want to know what person “Liked” a page. The main priority is your own status and any comments left behind. I don’t like the lay out. Please reconsider this and remove it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Laurel

    I am so disgusted with the new changes. I’m seriously thinking about going back to myspace! Now…someone may not be able to go to my page and view it but they can see if their friends are commenting on my status or anything and just hover over that STUPID ticker and see what I post! Where is the privacy in that!? Change FB back or you will lose a lot of people. Keep making changes and we’ll BOYCOTT!

  • ROCKY

    This is driving me crazy. I don’t want to know what a friend has written on a non-friend’s wall. I don’t want anybody to know what I have written on a friend’s wall they do not know. I do not want to see a nonfriend’s picture just because a friend commented on it. I don’t want to have to watch two lists to figure out what is going on with friends.
    Google Plus invited me to join today. Good timing.

  • MArci

    They need to stop. The page looks ridiculous, who will want to use this now..

  • CalGuy

    Facebook is making a serious error in rolling out these change without user feedback, yet again. I’m sure they will get plenty of feedback now, and I’m sure the majority of it will be negative.

    If you want your old feed back, change your language setting to English UK in your Account Settings. It changes the feed back to the way it way prior to the changes that too effect on 9/21, at least for the moment. English UK is bound to get changed at some point as well, but for the moment, you’ll have your wall back to the way it was prior to these obnoxious changes.

  • Jeremy

    If you actually like the changes, join this facebook group!

    http://www.facebook.com/groups/144170725678328/

  • Nicholas

    Honestly, I’m excited for all of the Facebook changes. Facebook as well as social networking change every single day. I cant believe all of the negativity, get with it.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Not sure if I’ve completely formulated my opinion of it yet, but I am never surprised when everybody freaks out about change. It happens every time. Sometimes it’s justified.

  • vince

    this is really a bad move….really….at least give us a choice?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      I appreciate how Twitter did that. No choice anymore, but they let you keep the old design for months if you wanted (though the new one is much better IMO).

  • Kristin

    They don’t listen to their users’ opinions; they never have. These latest changes are the worst ever, and I’m sure it won’t be long before they mess it all up again. People are going to cancel their FB accounts and go to Google+ instead, and I’d say good riddance Facebook!

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Google is capitalizing on that mentality by plugging Google+ on the Google homepage.

  • c.lynne

    Leave my Facebook “habits” alone!!

  • Martha Wallen

    You have just destroyed my Facebook habits. Although until this morning I have practically lived on Facebook, now I don’t even see the point of opening it.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Have you tried the lists?

  • http://rjnselection.co.uk Rich

    give it time, a few months and no one will be complaining, or at least until it changes again.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Agreed.

    • TonyC

      They won’t be complaining, because they don’t have a choice and FaceBook won’t listen to them. FB is becoming the Netflix of Social Media.

      • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

        Maybe if they start charging.

  • Xz7lul

    http://www.facebook.com/pleaseStopTheStupidUpdates <== Like this if you want the old Facebook Back!

  • http://www.amerinkatravel.com Shomara

    Wow… the guees only have this alternative… maybe thave other coise? I have practically lived on Facebook, now I don’t even see the point of opening it.

  • arthur

    i as well as many of my friends would like one more change, a dislike button on status’ messages/pictures. thank you for your time.

  • http://www.wanoekazev.blogspot.com noekazev

    Nice…it’s for grow and make popular blog too?

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