/// In Facebook’s News Feed Redesign, The Focus is on the Photos

March 7, 2013  |  All Things Digital

If nothing else, Facebook knows this: Looks matter. That’s been the theme of Facebook’s revamped News Feed unveiled on Thursday morning — a heavy emphasis on fuller photos, larger check-ins and location displays, and an overall re-think of the way people experience the ceaseless flow of information flowing through the feed. The company’s conceit for the new look takes a media-focused tack: “”We want to give everyone in the world the best personalized newspaper in the world,” Zuckerberg said at an event at Facebook’s Menlo Park campus on Thursday. And design director Julie Zhuo said that this newspaper is populated with “stories,” or Facebook’s redesigned take on the status update. But forget all of that. This redesign is about visuals , not the bland, black-and-white text that makes up the stuff of status updates. Photos are full-bleed. Check-ins and “liking” brands puts more prominence on the photography, and less on the words. You can even sort by different categories, including exclusively updates featuring only snapshots. (You’re able to sort by other types of content — like music — as well.) This is all not entirely surprising. According to a source I spoke with recently, Facebook news feed engineers see the most engagement from users on photography and visuals that appear inside the news feed. And every time Facebook tweaks the algorithm to show the best content that users engage with the most, photos still float to being the most prominent inside the feed — so much so that Facebook must tweak the algorithm to show more text-based status update content, even if that isn’t the stuff people want to look at the most. Zuckerberg acknowledges the importance of photos, and the way people use them differently. “The types of stories that we tell when we communicate with a photo as opposed to text are completely different,” he said on stage. But Facebook’s actions make clear that this is the direction it has gone in for some time. Look at the massive $730 million dollar buy of Instagram. Look at the slow “Pinterestification” of certain topics

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