📢👍🏻 Facebook is making several changes to the News Feed design, including circular profile pictures, larger link previews and easier navigation. 😊👌🏻 Will this impact your Page? Probably not. Facebook states, “These design updates should not affect Pages’ reach or referral traffic.” However, it is not clear yet whether Pages will also have circular profile pictures in the News Feed. Most likely yes. Hm!
🤔 Not exactly huge updates, but added up, it’s all designed to improve user experience and keep people more engaged. 📲🤓📲 These changes will roll out to all iOS and Android users over the next few weeks.
See the official announcement with list of changes here:
Making News Feed an Easier Place to Connect and Navigate
👏🏻 Also, threaded comments are coming to Instagram - yay!
✅ See also this great post on TechCrunch about today's FB & IG announcements:
Facebook and Instagram get redesigns for readability
😍🙏🏻 I particularly appreciate writer Josh Constine’s comments at the foot of this post about how to prevent or minimize internet addiction. Facebook really strives to get users’ eyes glued to the platform for as long as possible. 😳📲 Currently, the average time spent on Facebook, Messenger & Instagram totals 50 minutes per day*. ⌛️⏱ Time has become the holy grail of digital media. More eyeballs, more ads, right?! Constine states, “…at some point when people are sitting in the dark alone refreshing the feed over and over, it could be worth surfacing Internet addiction and mental health tips, or encouraging them to connect directly with a friend via messaging… Perhaps one day our apps will be redesigned not just to soak up more attention, but to warn us when we’re neglecting everything else.” Great point!! 😵😳
Btw, U.S. consumers spend FIVE hours per day on mobile devices - amazing! ⏰📲
*Source: The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/06/business/facebook-bends-the-rules-of-audience-engagement-to-its-advantage.html
This stat is from over a year ago... likely the 50 minutes per day on FB, IG & Messenger is even higher now. 🤔 Amazing.