Speculation Emerges About News Feed Changes Facebook Will Announce Thursday

By David Cohen 

What changes to its news feed will Facebook unveil at its press event Thursday at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.? According to a Facebook employee, a social advertising industry source, and developers who spoke with TechCrunch, the big announcement involves new ways for users to filter their news feeds.

TechCrunch also speculated that larger images and image-based ads are coming to both the desktop and mobile news feeds.

According to TechCrunch, the new news feed design Facebook will introduce Thursday will allow users to toggle between different content-specific feeds via buttons located at the top of the news feed, below the search box, but this likely applies only to the desktop news feed initially.

TechCrunch reported that these dedicated feeds will include photos, made up of images uploaded to both Facebook and Instagram, which will likely include the option to browse in full-screen mode.

Another feed TechCrunch believes will be included is one for music, which will include stories on what friends have listened to via applications such as Spotify and Rdio, as well as upcoming concerts, recently released albums, photos by artists liked by users, and suggestions of artists to follow.

Other potential feeds, according to TechCrunch, include links, news, videos, and apps.

As for the larger images, TechCrunch reported that image and link posts will be displayed in a larger format, regardless of whether they originate from users or pages, or as ads.

Readers: What would you like to see out of Facebook’s news feed announcement Thursday?