UPDATE – 9/18 – Since writing about Facebook splitting my news feed into two sections, and hearing from lots of you the layout has been fixed. This morning, I woke up to find “most recent” and “top news” are back.
Here’s what started all this — In the new layout, the feed is divided into two areas. Your only main feed option is “Recent Stories.” To the right of it, there is a ticker of sorts with other comments and posts.
Here’s Facebook’s answer to the question “Why am I seeing these News Feed changes?”
When the change happened, I noticed a drop down menu next to a post. It asked me about my subscription to an individual’s feed. It told me I was subscribed to a person, and I had the option to check most updates, all updates, or only important. Facebook defaulted to most updates and not all updates. I manually changed the frequency friend by friend to all posts. Update 9/21: This option is not part of the nationwide roll-out of the split news feed.
The other change deals with the size of photographs. They were much bigger now in the news feed section.
If you’re running into problems or have a suggestion about these new features, there is even a Facebook page, “I want my old news feed back now.”