Facebook on Tuesday announced that it was making a number of changes to its News Feed format to allow for better conversations, improved readability and easier navigation.
“Every person’s News Feed is different and populated with a unique set of stories — from photos and videos to GIFs and links. And with so many types of stories available, each feed is more complex than ever. In order to make News Feed more conversational and easier to read and navigate, we’ll be making a few updates to its design over the coming weeks,” a new blog post from Facebook read.
Facebook is working to help people have more lively and expressive conversations on the social networking platform. Facebook has updated their comment style and made it easier to see which comments are direct replies to another person.
The new comment thread on posts now look more like chat bubbles. Also, there will be a new interface for replies that makes it a bit more apparent which posts are replies and which are original comments.
Facebook is also making updates to refresh the look and feel of News Feed. These include increased color contrast so that typography is more legible, larger link previews so everything is easier to read updated icons and Like, Comment, and Share buttons that are larger and easier to tap, and circular profile pictures to show who is posting or commenting.
Facebook plans to improve how people navigate News Feed to create a more consistent experience. In order to do so, Facebook is trying to make it easier to see where a link will take you before clicking on it. You can also see whose post you’re commenting on, reacting to, or reading while you’re in the post. Lastly, you can return to News Feed once you’ve finished reading via a more prominent back button.
Facebook didn’t say when exactly these changes to the News Feed user interface will arrive, but it should arrive to both iOS and Android users over the next few weeks. Some of the UI changes are also set to arrive on Facebook’s desktop website, including the circular profile pictures and the new icon designs for the buttons.