Many Facebook users logged on Wednesday and found a strange, new social-networking world. For those who haven't seen it, Facebook rolled out some key changes to user profiles, including updates to its News Feed.
Here's a quick rundown of some questions and answers surrounding Facebook's latest changes:
Q: How does the News Feed work now?
A: It's tailored to how often a user visits Facebook. So, a user who's online frequently will see "Recent Posts" first, followed by top stories "From Earlier Today."
If users have not logged on for several hours or days, the News Feed will display "Top Stories" from that offline period, followed by "Most Recent" posts. The option to choose between feeds focused solely on "Top Stories" or "Recent Posts" has been removed.
There's also a news ticker that displays friends' status updates in real time.
Q: Is there any way to get rid of the news ticker?
A: No, but you can minimize it so it takes up less space on a News Feed. Click on Chat, and a navigation menu pops up on the far right. There's a gray horizontal bar separating the news ticker, and chat users can click and drag upward to cut the instant updates down to just one.
Q: What else is new to the News Feed?
A: Larger photos. Any images posted by Facebook users now appear much bigger compared with before.
Q: What happened to detailed Event reminders such as birthdays?
A: They appear to be gone but are available by clicking Events on the far left menu under Favorites. This week's birthdays are displayed, and users can click "Birthdays" to explore further.
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