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NEWSLETTER: It’s all about Facebook – New App UI & Camera Features

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You know, you really don’t need a forensics team to get to the bottom of this. If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you’d have invented Facebook.” ~ Mark Zuckerberg (The Social Network)

FACEBOOK REINVENTS IT’S BLUESEY APP UI

THE STORY

Facebook provides some major visual tweaks to its mobile platform.

WHAT IS NEW?

If you’ve felt that the Facebook mobile platform wasn’t as good as their desktop client, then things are about to take a drastic turn. Since a lot of users complained about Facebook app’s troublesome news feed, they’re finally making it more user friendly. In the recent turn of events, newsfeed in Facebook app has been overhauled to make it more readable and navigable as compared to older UI.

The new changes include corrections in color contrast, larger thumbnails for links and new icons for reacting on links and photos. Another major change is the round profile picture thumbnails that will replace the blocky squares. However, users will note that Facebook’s signature ‘blue’ theme has been toned down, aimed at reducing eye fatigue. Comment panels have also been replaced by bubbles making them reminiscent of chat bubbles.

DID ANYONE ASK FOR THESE CHANGES?

Although Facebook has continued to reinvent their highly popular platform since it’s inception, these new changes might be able to provide users with a breath of fresh air. This also reduces problems such as fake links and clickbait, as link preview will now cover the entire screen. Making screens more white compared to blue will certainly cause less strain on users eyes, especially during long browsing sessions.

According to Facebook’s Product design Manager, Shali Nguyen, “We are always working to help people have more lively and expressive conversations on Facebook. Comments have become the way to have conversations about a post with other people. We have updated our comment style and made it easier to see which comments are direct replies to another person.”

FACEBOOK INTRODUCES NEW CAMERA FEATURES IN APP

THE STORY

Users will now be able to create GIFs and share their stories.

THAT SOUNDS GREAT, MORE DETAILS PLEASE?

After months of avoiding the ‘stories’ feature like other popular social media platforms, Facebook have finally introduced this along with some cool new additions. One of the major new additions to its camera module includes the ability to create GIFs and share them. Users can simply swipe to FB app’s camera and record two-second videos that can be shared as GIFs. Moreover, users can also start a live facebook stream directly from camera mode.

BUT WILL THESE MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE?

Although these features have been clearly ripped off from other services such as Snapchat and Instagram, Facebook’s decision to jump in this pointless rat race does sound rewarding. Their live video sharing feature did gain some ground during its introduction but turned out to be more of an annoyance. Nevertheless, GIFs might totally turn the tide in Facebook’s favor as users had been clamoring for this feature since 2015.

It also adds a new feature that can be used to send text messages with colored backgrounds or photos taken directly from Facebook cameras. According to Facebook’s official blog post “We want to make it fast, fun and easy for people to share creative photos and videos with whomever they choose, for however long they choose — and the more we share with each other, the more open and connected our community can be. Today we’re starting to roll out a new camera with effects and two additional ways to share the photos and videos you take.”

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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