The NEW Facebook News Feed is all about the visual! Learn everything you need to know as a user and Facebook Page Admin about the news feed redesign.

A new Facebook news feed that reads like a newspaper?

That’s exactly the intention — But it’s all about the visual!

Mark Zuckerberg’s Announcement

Keri Jaehnig of Idea Girl Media explains the percentage of photos in Facebook News Feed stories

From Facebook’s Livestream Announcement March 7, 2013

One of the first things said on March 7, 2013, was that the intention is for Facebook to behave as a newspaper would – In chronological order with your favorite stories most prominent.  They acknowledge that the Facebook news feed is where most people spend most of their time.

Based on their data, the stories most important to us are photos.

A Visual Tour

When first revealed, the new Facebook news feed is richer and more beautiful.  You’ll notice that images are bigger — Both photos and video.

Look even more closely, and you can see that you get the story, and also which of your friends are talking about it.

Keri Jaehnig of Idea Girl Media explains Mark Zuckerberg's announcement of the New Facebook News Feed

From Facebook’s Livestream event March 7, 2013

So, if you wake up and find that several people are talking about a new video, you will see the video displayed prominently, along with which of your friends are talking about it.  That means you can gauge the “temperature” and credibility of the story, and decide whether or not you want to share it.

Goodbye Clutter

Facebook asked what we liked about our news feed, and what we wanted to see improved.  People really felt that their news feed was cluttered.

We talked.  Facebook listened.  They did some Spring cleaning, and…

Hello bright, beautiful stories! 

Every story (update) has been redesigned to highlight what your friends are sharing.  Again, its about the visual – bright colors, friends forward.

  • Attention for your friends that share great stuff.
  • Bigger photos displayed for articles shared.
  • Helpful maps show when your friends check-in somewhere.

The Facebook staff thinks of the news feed redesign like going from a 20″ regular TV to getting a wide screen.  It’s also about arranging it all so you see what YOU care about most.

How to arrange the bigger, bolder photos as WE wish?

Facebook And The NEW Technicolor News Feed

Get ready for choices and new, groovy views!

Facebook has arranged your news feed into really convenient segments, or feeds.

Keri Jaehnig explains the new Facebook News Feed: Facebook Times

From Facebook’s Livestream Announcement March 7, 2013

Above, you can see a screen shot of how your Facebook news feed might appear.  The highlighted area in the upper right corner is the list of feeds you can navigate to see what’s most important to you.

Think of it as the things you enjoy in categorized lists that you can look at in greater detail with one click.

Keri Jaehnig of Idea Girl Media defines and describes the specific feeds in the new Facebook news feed.

image credit: Facebook

Your new blue feed list:

  • Most Recent
  • All Friends
  • Photos
  • Music
  • Following
  • Games
  • Groups

They’re pretty self explanatory.  For the Facebook news feed photos only – You see the stories featuring photos from your friends.  Simple!

A few notes on feeds:


  • Most Recent – Everything as it is posted, in chronological order.
  • All Friends – Everyone, not just people Facebook thinks are most important.
  • Close Friends – An option to see posts from a specific circle of Facebook friends.
  • Following – Includes celebrities, pages, and interest lists.  Your “subscribes.”

The Most Recent feed is suppose to be everything from everyone, supposedly with no filters.  That word is blurry, as Facebook stated there would be no change in the Facebook news feed algorithm.

The default feed is the All Friend feed.  It is expected that people will tend to spend the majority of their time here.

You Can Take It With You

How many times have you checked, liked, and shared on Facebook from your mobile phone or iPad?  There are millions just like you.  So it’s really important for Facebook to offer…

Mobile Consistency.

Keri Jaehnig of Idea Girl Media explains the importance of Mobile Consistency in the NEW Facebook News Feed

image credit: Project Social

Look at that!  From the desktop or latop, to the iPad, and on to the mobile phone, the view is the same.  So, with the NEW Facebook news feed — Where ever you go, there it is.

See that little bubble at the top of the screen?  As you’re liking and sharing, Facebook tells you when new updates are made by your friends so you can simply click to visit your new stories.  🙂

Now that the views are the same from desktop to mobile, people will be able to see and discover more.  Facebook advises that we may hear from old friends we have not heard from in awhile.

Trade Journals

What about the marketing perspective…?

It is still yet to be determined how people will react to the new Facebook news feed.  Brand Pages could get lost in the shuffle.  We don’t know.

Here’s what we do know…

The clicks to Like and Check-in let users amplify your message in an attractive way!

Keri Jaehnig of Idea Girl Media explains how Pages appear in the New Facebook News Feed

image credit: Mari Smith

Look at the visual layout!

So, when someone Likes your page, a nice representation of your business is made to their friends in the news feed.  Graphic designers, are you ready?

And, if you’ve claimed your Place Page, when someone checks in on Facebook at your location, the name of your business and a map goes into their friends’ news feeds.  Pretty nifty, eh?

Takeaway here: Your branding matters!

Facebook Times

Yes, the digital newspaper that shows you the stories most important to you, in chronological order.  So far, it’s all about the Facebook user!

There are windows of marketing opportunities for Facebook Page Admins.  Expect this change will probably separate the novice from the savvy…

Admins are going to need to know the technical aspects of Facebook Page set-up, maintenance, and messaging. 

Important things for your to do list:

  • Get your logo and Facebook Page Cover looking spiffy.
  • Claim your Facebook Places page.
  • Take a graphic inventory of your brand.

It’s obvious a graphic content plan will be necessary. 

As a Facebook Admin, your job of making your content so deliciously tantalizing that people want to share it is ever more important!  That’s how you’ll organically get your Facebook Page posts into the Friends feeds of users.

Here are a few ideas for graphic content:

  • Photos of your business in action.
  • Videos that represent your brand well.
  • Infographics.
  • Maps to events.
  • QR Codes.
  • Graphic How-tos relative to your business purpose.
  • Stipple interactive images.

As far as marketing, the only thing we know about new Facebook News Feed ads is that the images will appear bigger.

Keri Jaehnig of Idea Girl Media explains how to help Facebook Fans subscribe to Page notifications to prepare for the new Facebook News Feed

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Will you reach 100% of your fans?  Good question!

You may want to help your fans learn how they can subscribe to receive your notifications, just in case.  This is also a good safety net as we experience probable glitches during days of transition.

An example of how you can post or share the Get Facebook Page Notifications graphic with your Facebook Fans is here.

How will it work if you manage multiple Facebook Pages?  Still unclear.

Expect to see a future post from me about Facebook Pages and marketing with the New Facebook News Feed once there is more hands-on experience and data to draw from.

The Kliffnotes Feed

Last year, the big announcement was Facebook Timeline.  This year, it’s the NEW Facebook News Feed.

Will we hear that some people hate the new Facebook news feed?  Yes.  For change requires adjustment.  But I suspect that once people spend a short amount of time, they will come to like the news feed redesign.

Some may be worried about Facebook news feed privacy.  With the new graph search, still fresh off the press, this is understandable.  For you, I’ve prepared How To Safely Prepare For Facebook Graph Search, which covers privacy settings.

For now, lets focus on the positive!

  • Images and videos are bigger.
  • Easier to tell what your friends are talking about.
  • Mobile friendly.
  • Choices and options – You’re in control!
  • New ways to discover cool things on Facebook!!

The New Facebook News Feed is available to some individuals already, and will roll out slowly.

Learn about it from Facebook’s perspective.

Get on the waiting list to use it yourself.

Your Turn

What questions do you have about the Facebook news feed changes?

What are you most excited to see?

Please tell me your thoughts about the new Facebook news feed in the comments box below!  🙂