At a big press event on Thursday, Facebook plans to launch new ways to filter the news feed. These include a Photos feed of Facebook and Instagram photos, as well as a revamped Music feed of what friends are listening to, concerts, and new albums, according to multiple sources both within and close to Facebook. Larger images and image-based ads in the web and mobile feeds are coming too.
There were a rash of stories on the internet last week about how teenagers aren't on Facebook anymore. Most of the stories were based on anecdotal evidence involving a few teenagers the author knows, which makes me want to disavow them entirely. But the fact remains that Facebook feels older and more tired now than it did a year ago. There is space for a competitor to sweep in and do some damage to Facebook. Today's Facelift isn't going to change that.