Facebook’s latest update makes it look a lot like Instagram

A more readable, more conversational, and more navigable News Feed is heading to Facebook.

The company announced on Wednesday that its stream of content will be updated to adapt to the current state of communication. As people are using GIFs and links now in addition to photographs and videos, Facebook feels the different types of stories to be told need a better appearance. So it’s out with the old and in with the new. The upcoming News Feed switches profile pictures from squares to circles, reduces empty space and introduces enhanced threaded conversations, and increases color contrast.

Other changes include larger link previews, optimized buttons for easy access to Link/Comment/Share, link previews, and labels at the top of a post so you know who’s content you’re interacting with.

Though it won’t admit to doing so, Facebook is clearly aligning the look and feel of its app with Instagram. The similarities between the two are clear. And there’s no harm in doing so. Instagram is growing rapidly, having seen its Story feature surpass Snapchat in terms of daily users. The News Feed’s improvements aren’t a play to battle anyone competitor in particularly, though. Facebook just wants to provide a cleaner experience for its massive user base.

Facebook says the redesigned News Feed will be brought to users around the world over the next couple of weeks.

Source: Facebook

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Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.