Facebook revamped its news feed today and users appear to be infuriated.
The news feed is the first thing a user sees when logging on to Facebook; previously, the news feed was a simple stream of information: Friends’ status updates, posted photos, shared links, etc. Facebook had been grouping similar status updates — for example, friends’ comments on a recent Philadelphia Phillies game — for a few weeks now and today made even more changes: Popular and heavily-commented topics will be at the top of the news feed when a user logs in.
In a blog post, Facebook likened the change to a newspaper: “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.”
Facebook has also added a feature called the Ticker, where friends’ Facebook activity updates in real-time. (In a way, it’s similar to Twitter.) While Facebook says the changes will make the site more useful, some users are up in arms about the redesign.
PC World reports users have flooded its page with complains about the new Facebook while Mashable says more changes are on the way for the social network.
If this sounds familiar, that’s because it is: Every time Facebook makes a major change to its interface, users complain. A group with over a million members wants Facebook to changes its news feed back; it’s originally from 2009, though new users are joining to voice their displeasure with the 2011 change, too.