Facebook announced home feed changes

Facebook yesterday announced some major changes to its app. The first is that the main feed you see in the app now calls itself Home. This is a good change and a long overdue one. This is not all the news.

The biggest news is that Feeds, an additional tab in the app has been added. This tab is reverse chronologically sorted – just like Home was before the algorithm.

You can filter the Feeds tab to show you all or only pages and friends.

As for the Home feed, Facebook is now positioning it as “more of a discovery engine for you to find and follow new content and creators through recommendations”. The counterbalance to that is Feeds, where you go “to access the content from the people and communities you’re already connected with”. There are no “Suggested For You” posts in Feeds.

The new Home and Feeds tabs are starting to roll out today for a small subset of Facebook users on both iOS and Android. Everyone on Facebook should get them over the next week.

Note that the shortcut bar which houses these tabs is at the bottom of the Facebook app on iOS, and at the top on Android. The tabs in the shortcut bar will change based on the parts of the app that you use the most, but you can personalize and pin tabs in your shortcut bar, thus making their placement permanent if you so wish.