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Navigate Facebook's new News FeedFacebook has a new design with more feeds to scroll through. Bridget Carey explains the quirks you'll come across in the update.
Facebook got a facelift-- the News Feed has a whole new layout. And that means, it's time to relearn how to navigate through the network. These changes will gradually roll out to all users. First, you'll notice there is a new left navigation bar. It's similar to what you find in the Facebook Mobile Apps. Hover your mouse over to expand, and you'll see shortcuts to the News Feed, Messages, Events, Photos, Marketplace, as well as some groups you're a part of. And below that are shortcuts to really close friends. The chat is now also in this section. It's all the way at the bottom. And if you're totally and completely bored, clicking the browse icon will take you to a random graph search results, such as all the cover photos of your friends or a list of TV shows your friends like. I'm sure you'll find the experience enriching. But let's go back to the News Feed. You'll notice every update's much larger. And that also includes the advertisements and sponsored posts. Photos you share take up more of the screen, and the captions are displayed in white on top of the image. It kinda looks like Google+. Let's just hope you're sharing good photos since they'll be huge now on everyone's feed. If you want to mention someone in your post, you'll notice their name is no longer in blue. Links to other people on pages are black and in bold. Facebook's goal is to get you to hang around longer on the site. So, now there are more types of feeds you can scroll through. You'll find the list of feeds at the top right. First is the All Friends Feed. It takes you to a page where you get all the status updates from people you are friends with, and it's in chronological order. The All Friends Banner shows a random photo, and it's refreshed every time you go to this page. You have no control over this. The photos are cropped awkwardly, and the photos might be years old. So, you might even be greeted by the face of a person from your past you'd rather not talk to anymore. Surprise. In the following feed, you'll see every single pose from the groups you like and the people you follow, like news outlets, brands, and celebrities. It also has a banner that randomly shows an image from one of these pages you like. On the left, you'll find a quick list of all the things you follow. Hover your mouse icon over one of them, and hover over to the Like button to see if you get this post in your main News Feed. The Photo feed is all recent photo posts because we live in an Instagram world now, and we don't have time for words. I must warn you, though, about venturing into the Most Recent Feed. This is Facebook's most irritating feed because it shows every single bit of activity from your friends; every comment they have left on any post, every photo they've liked, and they are usually photos of complete strangers. You won't even know what you're looking at half the time. If you're lost and are questioning what you've done with your life, you might find yourself in the Recent Feed zone. And there are other feeds, too. Just one for music-related posts, one for groups you belong to, and games. Now, remember, you can make your own feed if you wanna narrow things down a bit. At the bottom of the list, click on Manage Lists, and that's where you can create a custom feed. That's your quick walkthrough with the new Facebook News Feed. If you want to be among the first to get the new design, go to facebook.com/newsfeed to get on the list. Thanks for watching. I'm Bridget Carey, and happy oversharing.