Perhaps this post should be called “Don’t Panic! Facebook Makes Changes!” yet it feels like I’ve used that headline before. Regardless, this upcoming change to the news feed is one that has the potential to help you streamline your Facebook experience… and it’s coming soon whether you like it or not.
When the changes kick in, the biggest impact will be that you’ll be given the ability to switch between a number of different feeds rather than the single one that Facebook offers now. Here are the new options:
- Your default news feed will be your All Friends feed – similar to what you see now, this will be your friends’ updates in reverse chronological order.
- You can change to a Music feed (what folks are listening to) or a Photos feed (every photo uploaded directly to FB or shared from other sources like Instagram).
- There will be a Games feed (updates from games only), a Following feed (aka, the feed of Pages that you “like”), and a Close Friends feed (which comes from folks you’ve marked as “close friends” on Facebook).
- Also, you will be able to set up feeds based on lists you’ve created. If you’ve never set up your own lists, Facebook can help you through that process.
I have not had a chance to play with the new features yet, but I’d be willing to bet there will be some filtering and choices within the feeds, too. Also, there will be changes in where things we’re used to now – birthdays, chat lists, the ticker – appear on our screen, as well as changes in the size of items we see.
The feed customizability should help make a stronger Facebook reading experience, though, as always, it’s change and will no doubt feel odd at first. Still, I’m curious what you think. Do these changes sound useful? Simply more change? To me they sound good, but only time will tell.