Facebook unveiled a newly redesigned News Feed today that puts the focus squarely on bigger pictures that will create a richer browsing experience, fresh feed choices that focus on bringing you only the updates you want to see, and a seamless experience on the desktop that will better mirror the mobile environment on phones and tablets.
The redesign will be available initially only for a few select users, although there’s a waiting list you can join to get it as soon as it’s available. From what I’ve seen so far (which is limited and based solely on Facebook’s marketing), it actually doesn’t look too bad. But perhaps the biggest thing I noticed is this: it looks a lot like Google+!
When Google+ first came on the scene, lots of people cried out that it mimicked Facebook too much, even though its innovative Circles and Hangouts features were truly one of a kind. As Google+ kept expanding, putting greater emphasis on photo sharing and rich stories, it started to look less and less like Facebook, and possibly more like a threat.
So now, instead of Google imitating Facebook, Facebook is imitating Google. Is it just me, or does it seem like Mark Zuckerberg is getting a little worried?