Facebook is yet again changing the layout of its desktop site, this time based on the user feedback it got for its trial design for reducing clutter and focussing more on stories. The new layout is similar to its mobile version. This is being done to give a uniform and consistent experience to the users across different platforms.
Regarding the new change, Facebook said “The updated design has the best of both worlds: it keeps the layout and navigation people liked, but offers bigger images and photos, as well as a new font.”
The changes are visual updates and don’t affect how the content is surfaced to people, nor do they affect how stories are ranked in News Feed. However in the new design all images are larger, both organic stories and ads will be the same size — similar to the way images appear on mobile.
Mobile is the way ahead, this view has been supported by different people and forums globally. With a player like Facebook also giving heavy importance on its mobile strategy, others will soon follow. This new design layout will start rolling out universally in the coming weeks.
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