September 21, 2011

The Facebook Blog | GigaOm
Facebook says it is trying to “act more like your own personal newspaper” with recent feature launches and design changes. The main “news feed” section now borrows an idea from newspaper front pages, highlighting “top stories” (the most interesting posts) before jumping into the chronological list of all recent posts from your friends. The point is to make sure users see any top stories they might have missed since they last checked the site, engineering manager Mark Tonkelowitz writes. Along with this change, there’s a new, real-time “ticker” of friends’ activity. Watch for more announcements at Facebook’s f8 conference Thursday. || Related: 5 things to know about the Facebook Subscribe feature | WSJ launches Facebook app for personalized news

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