Facebook is updating the lay-out of users’ homepages to make it easier for users to “see the things their most interested in” no matter how frequently or infrequently you’re on Facebook.
The main elements that will power the new layout are, the revamped Friend Lists, the new Subscribe button, and a real-time ticker.
News Feed: See What Matters at the Top
“Now, News Feed will act more like your own personal newspaper. You won’t have to worry about missing important stuff. All your news will be in a single stream with the most interesting stories featured at the top. If you haven’t visited Facebook for a while, the first things you’ll see are top photos and statuses posted while you’ve been away. They’re marked with an easy-to-spot blue corner,” explains Facebook.
If you check Facebook more frequently, you’ll see the most recent stories first. Photos will also be bigger and easier to enjoy while you’re scrolling through.
Ticker: Join Friends in Real-Time
To combat the News Feed time-lag, Facebook says “Ticker will update posts, photo uploads, comments and friend activity in the right side of the screen above the controversial chat bar.” This new element will help users see what is happening in real-time, without losing their place.
Click on anything in ticker to see the full story and chime in – without losing your place.
If you have a wider screen, slide the grey bar between ticker and chat up or down to adjust how many updates you see at a time. To control who can see your updates anywhere on Facebook, including in ticker and News Feed, adjust your sharing control or apps settings.