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Facebook Rolls Out Brand New Homepage

In an attempt to focus on real-time events in a more resolute manner than ever, Facebook, over the weekend, has ushered in some refreshing changes to its homepage, incorporating new tabs for news feeds as well as events happening around the globe.

Under the new changes, the social networking website has done away with the “Highlights” section, and instead created new tabs, namely the “News feed” tab and the “Live Feed” tab, to allow its millions of users to get abreast with the events going on around them.

While the News feed tab includes all the necessary info that the website deemed necessary for the users, the live feed tab features everything that has been happening with the people added in the user’s friend list.

“News Feed picks stories that we think you'll enjoy based on a variety of factors including how many friends have liked and commented on it and how likely you are to interact with that story”, the website quoted in a blog post.

In addition, the website has also included a couple of things again, such as when the friends are tagged in images, when friends join a specific group or images, when they add new friends, when they hosted an event, etc.

Our Comments

Facebook is maturing in a good way. The interface is cleaner than ever before in a bid to "save" users' time and make the site even more friendly. There hasn't been any noticeable backlash with regards to the new layout and it will be interesting to find out whether this increases the "time on page" variable.

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