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Facebook simplifies Newsfeed redesign as it begins widespread rollout

12 months later, it's finally arriving
Fri Mar 07 2014, 10:24
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SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has spruced up its Newsfeed redesign and started rolling it out, a year after it announced the makeover.

Facebook announced its Newsfeed redesign exactly 12 months ago today, and is rolling out the updated look to a fraction of its users, The INQUIRER included.

The handful of people that first got the redesigned Facebook Newsfeed didn't like it, so the social network made some adjustments before rolling it out to everybody, starting on Thursday.

The tweaks bring Facebook Newsfeed in line with its mobile app, with the firm focused on making things streamlined and easy to use. The drop-down menus and black sidebar introduced in last year's redesign have been removed, as have Newsfeed categories such as "All Friends" and "Groups".

Facebook said in a blog post, "Today we're rolling out an updated look for News Feed so that desktop and mobile will look the same, making Facebook more consistent and easier to use across platforms. You may recall that last year we experimented with a complete redesign of News Feed for desktop and mobile.

"People who tested it told us that they liked the bigger photos and images, but found it more difficult to navigate Facebook overall. The updated design has the best of both worlds: it keeps the layout and navigation people liked, but offers bigger images and photos, as well as a new font."

Facebook users with their language set to English will also see the social network's Graph Search bar across the top of the page, while others will see a standard search bar.

Facebook said that it will roll out its redesigned Newsfeed to all users within the next week. µ


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