Remember when Facebook used to be simple?
It used to be just a few photos from your friends and the occasional status, but now, thanks to the wide world of marketing, it’s filled with celebrities, ads, sports teams and news. It’s all tailored to you personally, but let’s be honest, we don’t really want to see it all.
Now, the social network is rumoured to be testing new ways to sort out what you don’t want to see and make your news feed a bit easier to navigate in the process.
In a test, some Facebook mobile app users are seeing their news feed separated by categories, and Twitter user GJ Kooijman has reported seeing the changes. According to his photos, the feed will apparently be categorised into different sections like travel, food, and music.
Under each category is a more detailed list of subcategories that will organise your feed exactly the way you want it.
— GJ Kooijman (@gjkooijman) May 19, 2016
Even if you don’t decide to swipe into the categories, the posts that show up on your news feed will still appear with tags on them, The Mirror reports.
Facebook hasn’t officially commented on the news, but it is continuously refining and tweaking their interface, so there’s a good change this is what our news feeds could look like soon.
In April, the social media company announced it was changing the way news feeds prioritise articles people actually read, claiming the change will help Facebook to understand what articles users are interested in, and in turn give those articles greater prominence in people’s news feeds.
Moshe Blank, Software Engineer, and Jie Xu, Research Scientist in a Facebook blog post:
The actions people take on Facebook – liking, clicking, commenting or sharing a post – don’t always tell us the whole story of what is most meaningful to them.
The time people choose to spend reading or watching content they clicked on from news feed is an important signal that the story was interesting to them.
Whether or not the new feature will actually roll out to the public remains to be seen, but considering Facebook tests a lot of new user interface changes, it may not look exactly like it does now.