Facebook trying to bring newspaper-like experience to users

FACEBOOK is trying to breathe new life into its social network with a redesign of its News Feed.

Amid complaints that company's site has become a jumble of monotonous musings and random pictures, the overhaul offers new controls that allow people to create streams of photos and other material in organized sections.

With the makeover, which began rolling out Thursday (US), Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg hopes to turn the News Feed into something more like a newspaper custom-made to suit the particular interests for each of the social network's more than 1 billion worldwide users.

With the new features users will be able to choose to see feeds that may feature nothing but photos or exclusively see posts from their closest friends, family members or favorite businesses.

Or they can just peruse content about music, or sports, as if they were grabbing the section of a newspaper.

Other newspaper-like changes will include lists of events that their social circles have flagged for the upcoming weekend and other summaries meant to resemble a table of contents.

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