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Facebook rolls out new-look News Feed

Ticker offers real-time activity taking place on the solcial network

Facebook is rolling-out a new-look News Feed that will highlight the posts and photos users are most likely to be interested in no matter how often the log in to the social network.

Until now the News Feed was arranged in chronological order, so while Facebook-addicts could easily stay up-to-date on the goings-on with their friends and family, those that didn't log-on as often were likely to miss important news.

As a result the social network has revamped the News Feed, so that rather than switching between Most Recent and Top Stories, users will be presented with a single stream featuring what it deems the most-interesting stories at the top.

Furthermore, Facebook users that haven't visited in the social network in a while will be presented with status updates and photos that were posted while they were logged-out, marked with a blue triangle on the top left-hand corner of the post. The social network said users that log-in more frequently will see the most recent stories first. Photos posted to the site have also been made bigger so they're easier to see when scrolling through.

"Starting today, it will be easier to keep up with the people in your life no matter how frequently or infrequently you're on Facebook said Facebook's Mark Tonkelowitz in a blog.

"News Feed will act more like your own personal newspaper. You won't have to worry about missing important stuff."

Facebook has also introduced a ticker on the right-hand side of the News Feed screen that shows what a member's friends are posting and commenting on in real-time.

"News Feed often has a time lag. Usually when you're on Facebook, a lot of your friends are too. Until now, there hasn't been an easy way to see and chat with your friends about photos, articles, and other things they're posting in real-time. The new ticker helps you do just that," said Tonkelowitz.

"Now when a friend comments, asks a question or shares something like a check in, you'll be able to join the conversation right away. Click on anything in ticker to see the full story and chime in – without losing your place."

Facebook's changes to the news feed are the social network's third feature adjustment in just over a week. The social network has also implemented changes to Friend Lists that allows users to simply click on a list to see all the activity by these members and a new Subscribe button that ensures members can follow the public updates of other Facebook users who are not their friends, such as artists, journalists and other public figures.


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