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Thursday
Mar072013

Impatient? Facebook’s Redesigned News Feed to Roll Out Slowly

Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As news spread Thursday that Facebook was undergoing a "facelift," users flocked to the site, with many commenting that they couldn't wait to see the new changes.

“But mine doesn’t look like that yet.”

“Yep and can’t wait to get it!”

“Mine hasn’t changed yet. We shall see when that happens.”

Those were just a few of the comments posted by users on the ABC News Facebook page in response to reports about Facebook’s redesigned news feed Thursday.

The social network revealed Thursday morning that it’s got a brand new news feed with a more photo-first design and the ability to look at different content streams. However, while the company said that it would be “rolling out today” to users, it turns out that rollout is going to happen more slowly than many would like.

Facebook told ABC News that it is taking a “very slow, measured approach” to rolling out the new design to users.

“This is an update to a service hundreds of millions of people around the world use every day, so we need to make sure this experience feels as great as possible,” Kate O’Neill, Facebook product marketing manager, told ABC News. A small number of Facebook users will see the new look Thursday and others will start to see it on a rolling basis.

For those that don’t want to just wait their turn, they can go to facebook.com/newsfeed to sign up for the waiting list.

“We hope to open it up to as many people as we can,” O’Neill said.

She wouldn’t share how many would be included in the early access period, but she said the majority of people would not see this Thursday or over the coming weeks.

Facebook has taken a similar approach with its products in the past. When it released Graph Search, the new search tool that allows for deeper searches, it also said it would only be available on a limited basis at first.

When asked about when Graph Search would release to a wider set of users, O’Neill said, “The early feedback is quite positive for people. We want to make sure it is working as well as it can before we turn it on for more people.”

She added that Facebook does not have specific plans for the mobile rollout of Graph Search. Facebook said Thursday the mobile version of the news feed, which looks a lot like the Web version, would start rolling out in a couple of weeks.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec202012

Facebook May Be Changing Your Timeline: Redesign Tests in Progress

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Facebook may have given us a peek at the future of Timeline after a new design was rolled out for one of ABC News’ producers Wednesday. Apparently Facebook is experimenting with new ways of laying out user’s pages.

Facebook confirmed Thursday that it’s trying some new things. “This is a new design Facebook is testing with a small percentage of people to make navigating timeline even easier,” a Facebook spokesperson told ABC News.

So what might be coming? Here’s what we saw:

Tabs are back with one new look, doing away with front-and-center thumbnails for “friends” and “photos,” a move that may further bury some marketing efforts for brands that rely on apps. The result is a cleaner, bolder menu for navigation.

In the new design, users looking for “about” information on a profile page will not have to click to a new page with a new address. They can stay on the profile page they are browsing. Scroll down past the “about” information and a “friends” list will pop up. Keep scrolling and “photos” become available as well.

A “subscriber” page now shows the precise number of followers; up to now, if someone had 180,023 subscribers, it would be shortened to “180K.” The word “subscribers” has also been replaced by “followers,” something Facebook already confirmed it was planning to change.

Browsing through Timeline currently, you have to dart back and forth, left and right, to see posts chronologically. In this design, Facebook returns to a single stream of posts on the left, with friend/photo information to the right. The right hand stream eventually ends, leaving the single stream on its own. This would make it much easier to see one’s chronological stream.

Pressing the “star” on an image within the Timeline did not make the image come up full-screen. Perhaps that’s an unfinished feature.

On Thursday, without notice the profile reverted to normal, but there’s no public timeline saying how much longer normal will be, well, “normal” on Facebook.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Dec112012

New Yahoo Mail: Multiple Apps for Web, iPhone, Android and Windows 8

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- First it was Microsoft with Outlook. Then AOL came out with Alto. Now Yahoo is giving its email service a fresh face with totally redesigned email apps.

"You've told us loud and clear that you want fewer distractions when it comes to email. You want to quickly login, communicate, and get on with your day. And we've listened," Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced on Yahoo's blog Tuesday.

Yahoo has certainly focused on uncluttering its webmail service and its accompanying apps, but it's also focused on some other aspects. The main ideas? Simplicity, speed and support for multiple platforms, Vivek Sharma, general manager of Yahoo Mail & Messenger, told ABC News.

With all the new offerings, Yahoo has focused on simplicity and the core email functions, including reading, composing and replying. In the webmail version, only the core functions will appear when you need them. For instance, if you haven't selected a message, the trash button won't appear.

Key to the redesign are also speed enhancements. "Speed is a big deal -- we asked ourselves how do we make it faster all around," Sharma said. According to Sharma, the webmail service has been sped up in a few places. It is 40 percent faster for a user to go from the log-on screen to the inbox, and it is 10 to 15 percent faster when it comes to composing messages.

"We are saving users 36 million minutes a day," he said. Currently Yahoo says it has 110 million daily users.

But just tidying and speeding up Yahoo's webmail wasn't enough. "Users told us they wanted it on all platforms that they use," Sharma said. The new Yahoo Mail rolls out day with a brand new iPhone app, an updated Android app and a brand new Windows 8 app. The iPhone and Android apps will bring some features from the Web version to phones, including folders and highlighting of important messages.

The Android app promises significant battery life improvements and adds multiple account support. Yahoo is also touting speed with the apps; Sharma claims the apps are as fast as the native apps on the phones.

It's a lot of improvement, but Sharma says there's more to come. When asked about an iPad app and other plans he said, "This is not the end, this is just the beginning."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio







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