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March 7th has finally arrived, the Facebook press conference is over, and the new changes to the social media site have just been announced. Here is a quick recap of some of the new changes, and what the casual Facebook user should expect:

Richer content:

Your News Feed on Facebook will be a lot more visually oriented. Meaning, bigger photos and better quality. Your profile picture and cover photo will be bigger, and your photos and albums will allow you to post your descriptions within the picture. Pushing the visual content to the front, and eliminating “clutter,” as they put it.

All of the presenters at the conference seemed to tip their hat to Instagram and Pinterest, and acknowledged that visual content is the way social media is headed. The result, as the presenters said, will “get Facebook out of the way” and present the content and media you love in the forefront.

Topics:

CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that he wanted to make Facebook more like an “interactive newspaper.” Meaning, not only are storytelling photos coming to the forefront, but your content will also be presented in a more topic-oriented format. Allowing you the choice of viewing posts from friends, or selecting topics (music, sports, health etc.) and reading about what’s happening in those areas.

In addition to topic selections, your News Feed will also show you trending articles based on the pages, people, and issues you “like.” For instance, if you “like” Justin Timberlake, then your feed will post trending articles about him.

Also, for those of you who have complained about Facebook’s news selecting algorithm, EdgeRank, Facebook will be adding an “all friends” option to the News Feed. Meaning, if you select this option, you will be able to see ALL of your friend’s posts in chronological order. Just like the old times.

Mobile Consistency:

In the last portion of the conference, Facebook’s Tech Lead, Chris Struhar, announced that the look and feel of Facebook will now be more consistent across all devices. Meaning, the site will look and operate the same way whether you are browsing on a phone, computer, or tablet. Allowing the user to easily transition from one platform to the next and not have to “relearn” how to use Facebook.

The new changes will be rolling out on the web as soon as today, March 7th, for certain users, with the tablet and phone changes to be announced in the near future.

What are your opinions on all the new News Feed changes announced at the Facebook press conference? Leave a comment below and let me know if you think this will enhance your Facebook using experience or not.

(Examiner: Steven Neville)

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