Facebook updates News Feed with speech bubbles and round profile pix.
Your News Feed is getting a facelift.
Facebook is tweaking the look of conversations, profile photos and icons on its website and mobile app, which began rolling out on Tuesday, to make the babble of posts and pix flooding your stream easier to navigate.
And considering we’ll spend five years and four months of our lives on social media, according to influencer marketing agency Mediakix – including 50 minutes a day on Facebook alone – maybe streamlining how we scroll through those articles, memes and status updates could free up some extra time.
(Social media advertising spending is also projected to reach nearly $36 billion globally in 2017, according to eMarketer, so these fixes will also make it easier for Facebook’s 2 billion users to see ads. Just a thought.)
The biggest change is that Facebook is nixing its signature blue profile header across the top of your feed, which makes your friends’ endless stream of posts look much cleaner.
Comments are also getting a brand new look. Replies will now be wrapped inside gray speech bubbles, similar to iPhone text messages.
Social media dialogue has become our go-to form of conversation, after all.
“More and more, comments have become the way to have conversations about a post with other people,” the developers explained in a blog post. Facebook has yet to respond to Moneyish requests for comment. “We’ve updated our comment style and made it easier to see which comments are direct replies to another person.”
Facebook is also trying to clear News Feed clutter by increasing the color contrast so that the type is easier to read, and making link previews larger. And you’ll be able to see the name of a publication or site above the link, so you know where it’s going to take you before you click on it. There’s also a more prominent back button to return you to Facebook once you’re done reading the piece.
The redesign is also taking a cue from Google and Twitter, and reshaping profile photos to be circles instead of squares. Facebook project manager Paddy Underwood told CNN that round photos have become widely recognized as representing individuals online, which is why it’s no longer hip to be square.
And Facebook has also made the Like, Comment and Share buttons a bit larger and easier to tap (a blessing on smaller screens). The Notifications icon is also being changed from a globe to a bell.
Users should be seeing these changes roll out “over the coming weeks,” Facebook wrote.
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