Facebook Stresses High-Resolution Images, Bookmarks To App Developers For New News Feed

A common theme in Facebook’s suggestions for how to adapt to the revamped News Feed it introduced Thursday is the redesign’s emphasis on photos and images. Application developers received similar advice from the social network.

A common theme in Facebook’s suggestions for how to adapt to the revamped News Feed it introduced Thursday is the redesign’s emphasis on photos and images. Application developers received similar advice from the social network.

Facebook said in a post on its developer blog that developers should optimize for high-resolution stories in the new News Feed’s games and music feeds by shooting for images that are 600 pixels by 600 pixels, with a minimum of 200 by 200.

The social network is also stressing the importance of bookmarks to developers, saying that they will now appear on every page and provide quicker access to apps for users.

Here are more details from the developer blog post:

In the new design, the things people share through apps are larger and more engaging in News Feed. We’re also making it easier for people to access their game and music feeds, now accessible from the top-right area. To take advantage of this new design, we encourage you to optimize for high-resolution feed stories on both Web and mobile by providing 600-pixel-by-600-pixel images (minimum 200×200 px).

Bookmarks are now more relevant for people and appear on every page. Bookmarks are an important way for people to re-engage with apps, and we’ve made improvements so that people can quickly access the games and apps they use the most. These ever-present bookmarks will also display the notification counter from the most recent game requests to help drive re-engagement with players.

Developers: Do you see any other opportunities to promote your apps in the early stages of Facebook’s new News Feed?