Gone is the Highlights section at the top of the right column of the Home page. Facebook designers learned that users were often overlooking the most important information because it was tucked away in the corner. This also makes birthdays and events more visible in the right column.
The biggest change is there are now two alternating views in the center column of the Home page: News Feed and Live Feed. The bold title at the top indicates the current view, and you can click on the link next to the title to see the other view.
When you first log into Facebook, you’ll see the the News Feed. The News Feed automatically picks the stories it thinks are most important to you based on how many friends have liked and commented on them and various other factors. Events that used to appear in the Highlights section are now back in the News Feed. This includes when friends are tagged in photos, make friends, become fans, join a group, and RSVP to events.
Once you’ve caught up on the important stories in the News Feed, you can switch to the Live Feed to see what’s happening now. The Live Feed is not filtered and shows all the posts. The cool thing is it will continue to update in real-time while you are logged in, so you get a sense of hanging out at a digital party where everybody knows your name.
Like all interface changes, the new features take a little while to get used to, but I’m already liking it better. See the Facebook blog for more information.
Article published on October 23, 2009
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