Facebook Updates News Feed, Cuts the Zigzag, Adds “Ugly” Georgia Font and Gray Color Scheme

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Update: Facebook has come back to us and noted that the updates to News Feed were announced on March 7 and changes to Facebook Pages on March 10. We are still waiting to hear any official notes on Timeline updates.

We all know this first world problem. Just when you’re getting used to Facebook again (remember when you hated Timeline), Facebook updates its layout. As it just so happens, it may have changed again in the past few weeks in a staggered rollout. Many users are waking up to a slightly boxier layout with the zigzagged story template apparently eradicated altogether from the News Feed, Pages, and Timeline. The worst part? They’ve added Georgia font to media posts (news links and promotional stories) and are mixing it with the rest of the arial typefaces.

Facebook offers its utmost excitement to users above their page, simply stating, “New! Stories have a streamlined layout with bigger photos!”

As you can see in the above Pages screenshot by Facebook, borders between on stories seem to be more contrasted. In addition, below on the updated News Feed pictures of everyone’s lunch and new haircut are slightly larger and standout-ish (although they were already pretty overemphasized).  Even chat looks more like its own sidebar, with a cleaner font and a grayed-out backdrop. The changes seem to put emphasis back on everyone’s stories down the main drag, highlighted with a white. As mentioned, Georgia font is also making an appearance, specifically in news stories. And it’s ugly.

“I think it’s Georgia. It’s so ugly. And I hate the gray background. It seems extra cluttery now,” chimed one Facebook user.

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However, the one unnoticed and important change (at least to us) is that long-abhorred zig-zagged story layout–it’s gone. And while it may not have been visible on your page for recent stories already, it’s not even shown when clicking on older Timeline stories. This is an interesting change considering  it still has yet to hit all Facebook business pages. Facebook announced a one-column layout on Facebook “pages” in order to be consistent with News Feed stacking stories one on top of the other on March 10. You can see a depiction of the original New Ffneeed for contrast below.

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“This week, we’ll begin rolling out a streamlined look for Pages on desktop that will make it easier for people to find the information they want and help Page admins find the tools they use most,” noted Facebook on its Newsroom page.

Nevertheless, after this announcement, Facebook’s updated layout is still not available to all users of “Pages.” Users must join a waitlist to receive these updates.

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The last change to Timeline was announced on March 7 last year, which also noted emphasis on photos and added informational categories including Books and Movies.

As for the current changes to regular user pages, we have yet to hear Facebook’s commentary. Can you spot any major differences on your own timeline this morning? Since Facebook’s announcement of purchasing Oculus VR yesterday for $2 billion, no Facebook release has been posted. We’ll continue to update this story, but please let us know in the comments below if we’re simply going crazy.

Via: InsideFacebook
Source: Facebook

 

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  • Anonymous

    ENoUGH FACEBOOK UPDATES!!!!

  • GRHall

    My news feed changed last week. Guess FB is doing a rolling launch. There’s something about the gray background that makes it seem kind of old school. It shows FB’s one-sided relationship with its users that there was no notification ahead of time or ability to customize your feed.

  • Kristina Thompson Peterson

    I HATE it!!! I post things and boom they are gone. I see what my friends are doing 2 days ago. MY wall is crammed into one line in the middle. Its crap!!! They should have left it alone!!!

  • Karen Faircloth

    Don’t like the new layout. So crammed and hard to separate the posts from the comments…frustrating and too time consuming, have to work too hard at it so enjoyment has become a chore!

  • Mie

    They changed the font as well! HATE IT

  • Berkman

    I do not care for the new font or layout. Evidently, they know its a photo economy accentuating that purpose and are pushing for advertising which is now more embellished on the right hand side. Unfortunately, the new streamline makes use via my laptop screen less appealing and the need for my eyeballs to go elsewhere for updates and information.

  • jake

    the more they change the more they screw up…soon will have to think about closing off my account if they keep messing with things and keeping in touch the old fashioned way