Octofeed – a new facebook for you

Octofeed - a new facebook for you

Octofeed – a new facebook for you

Do you have a facebook account?

If yes, have you ever felt that the facebook blue is a little too overdone OR it has overcrowded information OR wish it was simpler?

Octofeed grants all these wishes and asks nothing in return (or may be a like to share their page). Welcome a new facebook in the form of Octofeed.

The programmer-designer couple, Daniel Chin Yee & his wife, Jennifer Puno, have restructured the way information interacts with the user. Divided into two main heads, The Feed and My Wall, the content from facebook is stripped down to its bare essential. They make fresh of facebook!

How does it work?

Go to Octofeed. Sign in with facebook! Yes, it’s that simple.

Octofeed details

Octofeed details

Is Octofeed a game changer?

May be! In ways more than one.

To begin with, it showcases a completely different approach to information presentation on a social platform – stylish, minimal. Also, if you notice, it does away with extra bout of information which on most occasions, was more of a visual confusion than facilitator. No people you should know, group, event requests or activity ticker. Showcase the information one must know – the feed.

Typography gets a larger focus here with typeface (font) sizes guiding you through the feed’s information hierarchy (and not just font color). Well spaced, visually unique typeface for each information structure forms the second layer of visual assistance, of course adding to the aesthetics. You know what to locate and which bit to ignore!

Bigger visuals at Octofeed

Bigger visuals at Octofeed

Bigger visuals (true to their visual ratio) highlight the attention to what facebook is really known for – pictures! They also remove that extra click to enlarge a picture. Classifying and grouping similar content helps further in removing noise.

Octofeed is an interesting display of the possibilites and this experiment by Daniel & Jennifer will not go unnoticed.

Should facebook take notice?

Sure, why not? Facebook already seems to be iterating the way they display data with their new hiring(s). Furtheron, other social platforms should take cues from such experiments and keep the evolution going.

Do you like Octofeed’s version of facebook? What can facebook do better?

Pass on your suggestions and keep the discussion going in the comments section below.

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About the Author:

Himanshu Khanna is the founder of Pixelonomics and a senior designer at Sparklin. If you’d like to connect with him, follow him on Twitter: @SparklinGuy

  • http://twitter.com/delhidreams adee

    i like Octofeed for its minimalistic approach to fbuk. loved the fact that videos and images appear already big in size and also the fact that it shows me only what is necessary. 
    i didn’t like Octofeed because it is not fbuk (no fault of Octofeed guys!). because for every share it had to open fbuk and the whole purpose of having it is defeated!
    i wish fbuk guys would take note of Octofeed’s design principles and incorporate some zen in my favorite time killer ;)

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