Gina Florio
April 15, 2016 12:58 pm
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Brace yourself for more changes to your Facebook app. Some screenshots were released on Twitter this morning hinting at a new layout, which still features the classic newsfeed we’ve all become accustomed to as the default screen —but with a twist. In the alleged new layout, there are now sections at the bottom of different news topics, such as Word & US News, Sports, and Food.

We don’t have any idea if or when the official launch of this layout will be released. If it is, though, you’ll be able to scroll through all kinds of live news updates on your Facebook app, right alongside your newsfeed that’s full of your friends’ posts and pictures. 

Apparently, this change was created at the request of Facebook users themselves. A Facebook representative told Mashable, “People have told us they’d like options to see more stories on Facebook around specific topics they’re interested in. So we have been testing a few feeds for people to view more and different stories from people and Pages based on topic areas.”

That means, since it’s all for you, you’ll be able to decide which topics appear on the bar at the bottom. At the beginning, though, all of them will show up, so don’t forget you have the power to adjust it.

There are bigger things happening here, though, than just doing things the way Facebook users want. It’s clearly a step in the direction of a “news reader-style approach” that allows people to get all their news from one source — Facebook — rather than mess around with other sites.

Tom Critchlow is a Brooklyn-based marketing consultant who posted the above screenshots when the news hit. He told Mashable, “There’s a lot more content now with multiple feeds, instead of one… it feels very much more like a news aggregator rather than a personal space.”

That does sound like a big change, doesn’t it? Critchlow also notes that he’s now getting connected with people he has no mutual friends with. “There’s no ‘two friends in common’ label or anything like that. Perhaps there’s some intelligence behind the scenes but nothing immediately obvious,” he says.

Phew. You ready for all this? We’re doing our best to keep our cool.

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