When you’re getting ready for the big dance, you slip into something nice, clean and pretty to try and put your best foot forward for the crowd. Two major sites did that today. Facebook doffed the equivalent of a new pair of shoes in anticipation of tomorrow’s F8 conference, drastically changing users’ News Feeds while keeping the rest of the layout the same. Pandora took the opposite route; they overhauled their ensemble from the ground up in a quest to impress. Unfortunately, one of them dashed its prom queen hopes after getting a big FAIL from unhappy users.
Facebook’s redesign breaks the old two-tabbed News Feed into a single, mammoth News Feed that combines both Top Stories and Most Recent posts in a single interface. Facebook picks its Top Stories from a number of factors, including how many Likes posts get as well as your relationship to the poster, and displays them in the News Feed with a blue tab in the corner to differentiate them from other recent posts. You’ll only get Top Stories that have been posted since you were last online. So far, the user response has been overwhelmingly negative, like it always is when Facebook makes a change. Check out #NewFacebook on Twitter to bask in the rage.
The new Pandora Interface
So whaddaya think? Do either of the UI tweaks do it for you, or do you miss your old Pandora and Facebook?